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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
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CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE WINNERS OF THE 1999 CONTEST

The Tom of Finland Foundation sponsored its 4th “Emerging Erotic Artist Contest” in 1999. This biennial event is a chance for new artists to bring their special talents to the forefront, to introduce themselves to the world, and possibly win some cash prizes.

This year's competition brought some of the best and brightest artists to the attention of the Foundation and the erotic art world, drawing 126 entries from the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel, and Portugal. The judging also had an international flavor, with a panel consisting of Avenue Services in Seattle, Professor Bill Paul from Atlanta, Matt Pawlowski out of San Francisco, Kelly McCray hailing from Toronto and last, but certainly not least, Susanna Luoto from Finland. The judges were asked to award prizes in four categories: Single Figure, Multiple Figure, Fantasy/Fetish, and Photography. Looking at all the entries, this could not have been an easy task, but the results are reproduced here for all to see.

erotic art contestThis was the first year that the Grand Prize resulted in a tie, with a tie also being scored in the Fantasy/Fetish category.

The 1999 “Emerging Erotic Artist Contest” is history now, but from the quality of the entries, it looks as if some new artists are on their way to making history.

Foundation President, Durk Dehener (C) congratulates Grand Prize Co-Grand Prize Winners Jay Jorgensen (L) and Lalo (R)

 


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“…I named what I thought was an enormous sum. Without blinking an eye, he gathered up my life work and handed me the amount I asked for: $70… I didn’t expect more. Remember that homosexuality was forbidden in most of the Western world; so all those businesses were illegal, black market. I knew that they wouldn’t have paid me more anyway — or so I believed then.”
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