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The 1000 Words Award

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The 1000 Words Award for European photographers is a major initiative in collaboration with The Other European Travellers, a project co-ordinated by Cobertura Photo and co-organised by Atelier de Visu, 1000 Words and Festival Voci di Foto in partnership with Magnum Photos. It is part-funded by The Education Audiovisual and Culture Exchange Agency (EACEA) under the auspices of the EU Culture Programme.

Photographers are invited to apply for an opportunity to realise a new body of work with the supervision of several high-profile photographers and industry experts.

Applications can be submitted online only. The closing date is 23 July 2012 (5pm GMT). There are 4 places available.

Fee: �25.00 (GBP)

The 1000 Words Award includes:

� �1,000 cash prize
� 18 month mentorship programme
� 3 workshops with Jeffrey Silverthorne, Antoine d�Agata and Patrick Zachmann in London, Marseille and Seville respectively, including financial assistance with accommodation and travel
� Travelling group exhibiti…

Conquering composition with Roger Ballen

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� Michael Grieve/1000 Words

Since 1000 Words started organising workshops in Morocco, every photographer and creative who has led them has pushed their own particular strengths in a steadfast manner. Antoine d�Agata constantly asked �what do you want�, Anders Petersen insisted to �shoot from the gut� and Erik Kessels conceptualised the found image. Roger Ballen�s mantra was to emphasise the formal qualities of the picture. Sufficient attention to what makes a picture work is often overlooked and taken for granted. Photographers wonder why their images are weak and more often than not it is because they have overlooked the most basic yet complex issue of composition.

Roger Ballen is very precise and tireless in his deconstruction of the photograph to understand and achieve the perfect pictorial balance. He understands that photography is hard work in a snappy happy world. Ultimately, the success of a photograph relies on the arrangement of the content within the frame devoid of �negative…