The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) is a museum dedicated to exhibiting photographic art at the heart of contemporary life and culture. It is one of less than 10 museums in the United States devoted exclusively to photography and one of two such museums in the state of Florida.
Founded in 2001, FMoPA enriches the community by organizing awareness programs to educate children and adults.
FMoPA has just announced the winners of its annual international photography competition. The jury selected 21 winning images from over 1,300 submissions. This year’s eventing winner is Los Angeles artist Austin Irving. His dramatic depiction of Dau Go Cave in Halong Bay, Vietnam, explores the human-first approach to modern tourism. The winning images are currently on display at FMoPA until Monday, July 19.
âThe idea behind the competition is to present the global mix of identities, perspectives and ideas while giving photographers some leeway,â said Zora Carrier, executive director of FMoPA. âThe jury includes professionals from various fields and geographic locations to ensure that entries are viewed from different angles. This year we were fortunate to have Wim van Sinderen, Senior Curator, The Hague Museum of Photography, The Netherlands; Jason Lazarus, Artist and Assistant Professor of Photography, University of South Florida, USA and our own Marieke van der Krabben, Curator, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, USA-Netherlands.
The International Photography Competition puts Tampa Bay and its vibrant arts community in the global spotlight of critics, photographers and galleries.
âIt’s a two-way street that opens the world to Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay to the world,â Carrier said. âThe jury panel selected 21 winning images from over 1,300 entries from five continents. If you live in Brandon, these stunning photographs are only a 20 minute drive away.
Each winner of the 2021 International Photography Competition will have their images printed and displayed as part of a group exhibition in the FMoPA community gallery. In addition, this year’s Best in Competition winner will receive $ 1,000 plus a matching solo show at FMoPA. All winning entries will be considered for inclusion in FMoPA promotional material.
If you would like to learn more about FMoPA, visit their website at www.fmopa.org. The museum is located at 400 N. Ashley Dr., Cube 200 in downtown Tampa.