Friday, November 28, 2014

IPA>Photography Awards--2014 Winners / OneShot Competition Call for Entries

 IPA 2014 Winners Announced / 2015 OneShot Photo Competition
IPA Newsletter, November 2014!
IPA 2014 Winners Announced / 2015 OneShot Photography Competition Now Open!


An international jury of photography professionals selected these outstanding finalists from over 27,000 submissions from 104 countries worldwide.
Sandro, from the USA, won the title of 2014 INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR; Ukrainian photographer, Vyacheslav Mishchenko, received the award for 2014 DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR; K. M. Asad, from Bangladesh, was the recipient of the 2014 DEEPER PERSPECTIVE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR award; and Yannick Wegner, from Germany, won the 2014 MOVING IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR.
Click here to go to IPA 2014 winners gallery.

2015 OneShot Competition--The theme is "HOME"

Deadline: January 31, 2015 (11:59pm PST)
Home...In this One-Shot themed competition, we want you to express what the word "Home" conjures in your imagination. How does this word speak to you? Where does it take you? What does it show you? How does it make you feel? Where, or what, or whom, is home to you?
It might be a physical space or object, it might be a person, or it might be something more abstract, a sense, a feeling, a dream, that captures the essence of this word for you. We want to know what this word means to you, where it draws you, and how it inspires you. Beyond border and cliche, let your inner vision create an image that captures and projects the magic of this word, and share it with the world! 
- Person
- Place
- Perception
Photographers will compete for $2,250 in cash prizes, and an opportunity to exhibit their work. The winner of each category will receive a prize package that includes a $750 cash prize, and inclusion of his or her piece in the exhibition. The 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category will also be included in the exhibition.

Each entry is $20 (USD). Photographers may submit an entry for consideration in multiple categories for only $10 per additional category. Please note that to take advantage of this offer, photographers must select multiple categories at the initial time of entry. Images submitted as separate entries are subject to the full fee.

Submit your entry now!


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Unwrap Lincoln Square Ravenswood this Holiday Season & Fill Your Stockings -- Buying Local! (Chicago,IL)

Fortune Fish & SeaShare Fight Hunger for the Holidays (Bensenville, IL)


  For the fifth year in a row, Fortune Fish & Gourmet is making the holidays a little merrier for the Chicagoland community by teaming up with SeaShare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the nutrition of individuals served by food banks across the United States. Throughout the holidays, Fortune Fish will join forces with SeaShare to donate thousands of pounds of seafood and gourmet foods to Feeding America, the network of more than 200 US food banks that includes the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Food for Greater Elgin, and many others.

"Several times a year, we go through our inventory and make donations through SeaShare to our local food banks like Care For Real. We also help SeaShare with logistics when we can.  It's important to give back to the community, especially during the holidays when there are so many that go hungry. SeaShare is an important partner for us and we are proud of the support we can give them," says Fortune Fish & Gourmet CEO Sean O'Scannlain.

About SeaShare
SeaShare is the only organization that focuses on seafood, and the seafood industry, as a source of nutrition for hunger-relief. Their board of directors represents the breadth and diversity of our seafood industry. SeaShare's donation model leverages the help of fishermen, processors, service providers, and financial donors who want to give back in their communities. Many of their donors could not participate if SeaShare did not coordinate and combine donations into a single finished product. Together, they have provided over 200 million seafood servings to Feeding America's food bank network since 1994. For more information, please visit

About Fortune Fish & Gourmet
Fortune Fish & Gourmet is a Bensenville, Ill.-based seafood processor and distributor providing white-tablecloth restaurants, private clubs, elegant hotels, and independent, gourmet retail stores with the finest quality fresh, live, and frozen seafood and gourmet foods.  Fortune Fish & Gourmet's key associates have more than 150 years of combined experience in the seafood and gourmet business, with a worldwide supplier base ranging from individual fishermen and small family farms to multi-national aquaculture and agriculture firms. Headquartered only minutes from O'Hare International Airport's cargo docks, Fortune Fish & Gourmet has the world's markets at its fingertips.  Fortune handles more than 8,000 seafood and gourmet products, selected to exceed the high standards embraced by their quality driven customer base. Fortune currently services customers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan with a fleet of over 43 refrigerated vehicles and nationally through its Flying Fish program. Since 2001, Fortune Fish & Gourmet has brought innovation to seafood and gourmet food distribution, consistently raising the bar for integrity, quality, sustainability, and service. To learn more about the company, visit
 or call 630.860.7100.



Award-winning fine art book offers a visual record of the contemporary bearded man, circa 2013

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The acclaimed coffee table book Of Beards and Men by Minnesota artist Joseph D.R. OLeary explores the fascination society has with bearded men and the personas they project to the world around them – from Brooklyn hipster to priest and everything in between.
Of Beards and Men is filled with 150 visually rich and detailed portraits along with a brief biography of each bearded gentleman. The 212-page book includes essays by photographer and educator Douglas Beasley; photography historian, writer, consultant, and curator George Slade; arts writer Andy Sturdevant, an insightful interview by Beardrevered, and a statement by the New York Times photography critic Vicki Goldberg.
Portraits in Of Beards and Men have appeared in national and international exhibitions and have gone viral on numerous social media forums. They have been featured by online news sources such as the Daily Mail UK, Design Taxi, and The Huffington Post. In addition a portfolio from the project recently made OLeary a finalist in both the 2013 and 2014 prestigious Critical Mass Award from Photolucida.
Of Beards and Men also received the 2014 IPPY (Independent Publishers) Award and the 2014 AIGA/MN Design Award. To view the book’s promotional video, visit
. Of Beards and Men by Joseph D.R. OLeary; Veto Design; Limited Edition; Nonfiction; Photography/Art; Soft Cover $69.00 ISBN 978-0-9898231-2-8; Hard Cover $89.00 ISBN 978-0-9898231-0-4; Slip Case Edition $125.00 ISBN 978-0-9898231-1-1
Note: The book was printed and bound in the United States using traditional/UV offset printing on cover weight premium paper. The hardcover edition incorporates foil stamping, debossing, and a tip-in photo. The hardcover slipcase edition includes a fabric-wrapped slipcase with debossing and a tip-in photo. The softcover edition uses soft-touch laminate and foil stamping and includes a special French fold dust jacket. All editions are smythe-sewn.

Like many projects of renown, Of Beards and Men was born in a period of loss, transition, and artistic growth. In 2011, OLeary’s brother was killed in a car accident. A short while later, the artist contracted a debilitating bout of Lyme disease that put him on crutches for five months.
To cope with his crushing grief and amended abilities, OLeary immersed himself in his longtime hobby – photography. Specifically, he began taking photographs of bearded men in the converted barn-turned-studio of his hobby farm outside of Minneapolis.
Nineteen months later, OLeary found he had a portrait series offering a visual record and celebration of contemporary bearded men in the early twenty-first century. He states, "While this book began with facial hair as a point of departure photographically, it is evident that the ‘beard’ was merely a thread to connect what we now see: portraits of individual men and the manner in which each defines, expresses, and presents himself."

Author: Joseph D.R. OLeary was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After receiving his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1992, he opened Veto Design, a small but prolific graphic design studio whose clients include a variety of arts, cultural, and educational institutions and organizations, including the Walker Art Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, San Francisco Symphony, and Northern Clay Center.
OLeary is active in the Twin Cities art and design communities, and his professional work has been recognized by the American Center for Design, the Type Directors Club, the American Institute of Graphic Artists, Graphic Design USA, and Print, among others.
In 2005, OLeary moved to a hobby farm outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he restored a small barn and converted it into the studio where he now practices his lifelong love of photography, specifically portraiture and self-portraiture.

Sharon Robinson Brings Her Photography of Leonard Cohen to Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC & LA on 12/6 (Los Angeles,CA & New York)


Head to Karma in Mundelein for Cashew Crusted Lamb and Oyster Specials This Week; Inspired Asian-Style Thanksgiving on Thursday (Mundelein, IL)

Head to Karma in Mundelein for Cashew Crusted Lamb and Oyster Specials
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Mundelein, IL -  Dining at Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine (510 East Route 83, Mundelein, IL; 847-0970-690) in Mundelein is always special and folks who frequent the restaurant have grown to follow its weekly specials as a way to experience delicious new offerings.
Oyster lovers will be thrilled with this week's Oyster Duo featuring four East Coast oysters prepared to show delicious contrast. Two are served raw to experience its true flavor and two are served Rockefeller style. Adding an Asian twist, Chef Yé serves the oysters on a bed of seaweed salad and accompanies it with soy pearls and a wasabi aioli, $16. Karma's second special is Cashew Crusted Lamb, perfectly grilled and served on a bed of quinoa with sautéed sweet and sour Brussels sprouts with a mint and cucumber yogurt chutney, $24.
Cashew Crusted Lamb 300Karma and Karma Pub allow guests to order from each other's menu. The result is that guests can have the best of two worlds-a choice of food and a choice of atmosphere. Both restaurants focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and purchase from local sources as much as possible.

Join Karma for an Asian-Inspired Thanksgiving in Mundelein Looking for something different to celebrate this Thanksgiving? Karma has it all. Great food served in a beautiful setting. This year why not try an Asian-inspired full harvest feast perfect for family and friends. Karma has created an incredible four-course menu, $30 per person; $18 for children ages 5 to 12 (reduced portion), and $12 for children under 5 years (one course), served 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 27. To make reservations and for more information about Karma, call (847) 970-6900 or visit
Karma's Thanksgiving Menu includes:
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First Course
• Ginger Scented Pumpkin Bisque -Saigon Cinnamon Crème Fraiche, Scallions, Toasted Sesame
Second Course
• Karma Salad - Seasonal Greens, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrot Noodles, Red Onion, Szechuan Peppercorn Vinaigrette
Third Course
• Slow Roasted Turkey Breast - Cornbread Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Seven Herb Gravy, Orange Scented Cranberry Compote, Tahitian Vanilla Scented Haricot Vert
• Asian BBQ Salmon - Shitake, Napa Cabbage, Spinach, Sesame Rice, Asian BBQ Sauce
• Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
• Tahitian Vanilla Whipped Cream Triple Chocolate Cake

Shuttle Available from Metra Stations
Guests wishing to travel to Karma by Metra may do so with ease. Confirm arrival time before departure with the restaurant and notify them of the station, Mundelein or Vernon Hills, and Karma will provide a complimentary shuttle pickup. The shuttle runs until 9 p.m.

About Karma and Karma Pub
Karma, a stunning contemporary restaurant serving fine Modern Asian Fusion cuisine from Executive Chef Yé Tun, is open seven days a week 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for breakfast; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for dinner; and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner.
Karma Pub, a casual American restaurant and pub, is open 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Karma is located adjacent to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Libertyville-Mundelein at 510 East Route 83, Mundelein, IL 60060. For reservations or more information, call Karma at (847) 970-6900 or visit and Remember to like Karma and Karma Pub on Facebook at and follow them on Twitter at


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