Of the five awards handed out for the second annual Hey, Hot Shot! International Photography Competition, two of them went to members of the SVA community. Alumnus Pacifico Silano (MFA 2012 Photography, Video and Related Media) won for his series that examines life before the AIDS epidemic through reworked images of Al Parker, one of the most famous gay porn stars of the 1970s. Current BFA Photography Department student Ilona Szwarc took the prize for Rodeo Girls, a portrait project about young girls who compete in rodeos on a professional level.
In addition to receiving a $500 honorarium and participation in the Hey, Hot Shot! group show at Jen Bekman Gallery, Silano and Szwarc are both now in the running for a $10,000 honorarium, a solo show at Jen Bekman Gallery and two years of representation from the gallery.
For more information about Hey, Hot Shot! and to see more winning work by Silano and Szwarc, click here.
Images: Pacifico Silano, Wood Panelling, 2012; Ilona Szwarc, Camree, TX, 2012.