Text by Kenneth Dickson, Images TEPC
April 2019 brings the first ever Taiwan Exchange Photograph Club (TEPC) Photograph Competition. The theme of the competition is “Our Island” and it’s being held as part of the fourth TEPC exhibition, also called “Our Island.” So grab your camera or mobile phone, take your best shots, and submit them to the competition!
TEPC’S OUR ISLAND EXHIBITION
For this exhibition, the photographers at TEPC have joined forces to support Father Yves Moal, who has dedicated his life to the service of the people in Yuli, a town in southern Hualien County, near Taiwan’s eastern coast. The St. Andrews’ Center in Yuli supports the livelihood of many people who face challenges in their daily lives due to age, personal issues, illness or unfortunate circumstances.
The exhibition will be held from May 11th to May 23rd at Jazz Image in Taipei, and will exhibit works from 21 participating photographers. The exhibition will raise funds from the sale of prints, sponsorship, and the lucky draw event. All proceeds and donations for this exhibition will go to support the essential, life-saving work of Father Moal’s organization in Yuli.
The group decided to open the exhibition to more participants by creating a photography competition with free entry and appropriate prizes sponsored by CyberLink Corporation, publisher of photographic and video editing software, PhotoDirector and PowerDirector.
OUR ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
TEPC’s guiding philosophy is that photography is part of a larger social interaction, and that photographers must be engaged in the community. Holding the competition and sharing photographers’ work is the way that TEPC highlights social issues. So any submission should be relevant to the theme and this guiding philosophy.
The competition is open for entries through to 1 am on May 12th (Taipei time). There is no fee for entry, though the maximum number of entries is ten per person. Content is open, but nudity and politics are not accepted.
There are three categories of entries: Open Category welcomes photographs regardless of device, and requires upload via the TEPC website; Mobile Category is open to all mobile phones/pads, and entries are uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #tepcphotocomp; and the Photowalk Category will accept entries for those participating in the TEPC Exhibition Photowalk from May 12th.
To participate, visit the TEPC Photograph Competition page at http://www.tepc.club/tepc-photo- competition/ for entry forms, full details, and upload information. There is also information about the prizes, submission guidelines, deadlines, and more about the exhibition.
Patrice Delmotte, founder and organizer of TEPC, was once asked: “What was your best photograph?” He, of course, humbly replied: “The one which I haven’t taken yet!” So, if you’d like to discover which is your best photograph, get out your camera and submit your best shots!
OUR ISLAND EXHIBITION
OUR ISLAND Exhibition is a charity photo exhibition.All profits will be used to support the work of the organization in Yuli.
The exhibition will run from May 11th to May 23rd, 2019 at Jazz Image Gallery, 2F, 431 Bade Road, Section 2, Taipei City. Various activities are planned during the event. To find out the latest news, check out the exhibition website.
TEPC Website: http://www.tepc.club
TEPC TAIWAN EXCHANGE PHOTO CLUB
A monthly meeting of photographers in Taipei, founded by Patrice Delmotte, that discusses a selection of photographs submitted by participants. It welcomes constructive criticism and advice on technique as well as art. Every two years, the group organizes an exhibition of the photographers’ works to raise money for deserving charities and causes in Taiwan.
To find out more, join the group at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TEPCpatrice/
Kenneth Dickson has been living and working in Taiwan for a while now. Though Taipei is warm in the summer, he enjoys Tamsui for its cooler evenings, warm evening golden hours, and a gentler pace of life. He’s been a regular part of TEPC for over two years now. It’s a great way to share photography with like-minded individuals.
This article was originally published in the April 2019 issue of Centered on Taipei.