If You Leave photography showcase open for entries

Photogaphy blog If You Leave launches a new competition funded by Kickstarter, which will culminate in an exhibition, magazine and app

Gemma Padley — 14 June 2014

Image © Marat Safin

Laurence Von Thomas started If You Leave in 2009, and since then, the photography blog has gone from strength to strength. What started as a personal image-driven online diary now has a following of more than 425,000 people on Tumblr, and has featured images by some 500 contemporary photographers.

The aim, writes Von Thomas, was simply “to support and offer a platform for up-and-coming photographers to exhibit their work.”

Von Thomas has already published four volumes of images in physical form, and is going a step further by launching an International Photography Showcase.

Open to photographers from all over the world, the competition is free to enter and will culminate in a London exhibition in the autumn, with possible pop-up exhibitions elsewhere, and a bi-annual magazine.

200 shortlisted images will be presented to a 20-strong jury, which includes the likes of BJP, Huck magazine, Self Publish Be Happy, It’s Nice That, Dazed & Confused, and Paper Journal. From this shortlist, 20 images, including a top three, will be shown in the new magazine, exhibition, and on a dedicated app.

Von Thomas recently launched a Kickstarter campaign through which he hopes to raise £10,000 to fund the project.

Photographers have until midnight on the 8 July to enter a single image in the competition.

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