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Surface Magazine is revealing the work of the winners of its annual Avant Guardian competition tonight at Splashlight Studios. Avant Guardian, now in its 10th year, is a fashion photography competition open to any fashion photographer who has not had an editorial published. It is also one of the biggest career-launchers—past winners include Sarah Small, Vanina Sorrenti, Andrew Lee, and Jordan Donner. In honor of the event, Surface has paired with Christie’s Young Collectors for an auction (to benefit a non-profit children’s institution in Liberia) featuring some other young photographer ingénues.

Christian Anwander, Jamie Chung Lane Coder, Jing Quek, Luke Duval, Emir Eralp, Massimo Gammacurta, GL Wood, Scott Alger, Eric Guillemain, Reed + Rader, Seth Sabal, and Sarah Wilmer will appear in the Avant Guardian portfolio in the AVG issue. They’ll also have a shot at future work in Surface. Aspiring photographers should mark the date for next spring—the competition usually closes in July. You can see the winners at www.surfacemag.com. (photo: Previous winner Andrew Yee’s “Woman with Flowing Hair” )
—Lori Fredrickson
Assistant Editor