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Tom Of Finland Foundation Announces Winner Of 10th Annual Emerging Artist Competition

The Tom of Finland foundation just announced the winner of their 10th Emerging Artist Competition.

According to a statement sent to The Huffington Post, the Emerging Artist Competition, originally founded in 1993, is based on the "principals and ethical codes of its cofounder Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. Tom of Finland," who became an icon in the gay world for his beautiful and erotic artwork. The Emerging Artist Competition provides up and coming queer artists a platform to showcase their work and then have it judged by some of the most prominent and highly-respected individuals in the field.

"Artists create what they see. It is without trepidation of what of their works are seen," S. R. Sharp, Curator at Tom of Finland Foundation, said in a statement. "Sexuality is a nourishing element in a whole being. The artist Tom of Finland embodies an era of freedom. This competition gives a remarkable opportunity for the new artist to show their complete self and be recognized by others."

Check out the winner of the Emerging Artist Competition below.

  • TOM OF FINLAND GRAND PRIZE WINNER & 1st Place Winner JOHN PALATINUS SINGLE FIGURE AWARD
    Felipe Meres
  • 1st Place Winner GARILYN BRUNE DUAL FIGURE AWARD
    Roy D. Smith
  • 1st Place Winner PALANCA FANTASY AWARD
    Casey McManis
  • 1st Place Winner CHRISTINE KESSLER MULTIPLE FIGURE AWARD
    Stefan Hoderlein
  • 1st Place Winner JAY R. LAWTON PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD (Tie)
    Joseph Conder
  • 1st Place Winner JAY R. LAWTON PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD (Tie)
    Martin Bradley Jacobs
  • Grand Prize of 10th TOM OF FINLAND EMERGING ARTIST COMPETITION
    Tom of Finland
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