ONWARD Compé is Project Basho’s annual international photography competition for emerging photographers. Our main goal is to increase the exposure of talented image-makers and create new outlets for their work. Juried each year by a leading figure in contemporary photography, ONWARD Compé spotlights new envelope-pushing work that continues to further the medium. Now in it’s fifth year, ONWARD Compé has been steadily growing, drawing submissions from around the U.S. and across the globe.
The competition is not limited by theme and is open to all photographic media, from historical processes to new digital technologies.
This year's guest juror is celebrated photographer Todd Hido. First attracting the attention of the art world for his portfolio Housesitting in ArtForum (May 1998), Hido has since become one the most distinctive and inspired image-makers in contemporary photography.
Hido's landscapes and portraits examine themes of anonymity and isolation in American life. Shooting with available and low light, often with long exposures, his pictures are heavily infused with mood and tension without straying towards sentimentality.