Calls for Entries June 2012

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me. Things are starting to slow up a bit after a big rush throughout the spring, though certainly there are still many opportunities.

As always, I recommend being selective in choosing ones that make sense for you and your work, as the cost of these in time and treasure certainly add up. Please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this list!

The Vermont Photoplace Gallery has an exhibition entitled “Alternative Realities” with entries due June 4th and one entitled “Water” with entries due July 2nd.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado has their annual Center Forward competition with entries due June 12th.

The Photo Review in Philadelphia has its annual Photo Review International Photography competition with entries due June 15th. I believe this one to be a pretty prestigious one.

B&W Magazine has their next call for entries coming up, this one the B&W single image contest 2013 with entries due by June 30th.

The international contest entitled “The Art of Photography Show” in San Diego has entries due June 30th.

The World Photography Gala Awards has their 4th Edition of the Julia Cameron Awards (which is open to women photographers) with entries due June 30th (discounted fees if you enter by May 31st). I’ve seen some really good work in this contest in the past.

Critical Mass 2012 has their call for entries open from June 1st – July 16th. Critical Mass is part of PhotoLucida (in the West Coast version of Portland) and while it can become very expensive if you make it to the final rounds, it does give very strong exposure to 20o industry jurors (and as an entrant you also get copies of the books of they make for the winners, too, as well as a CD of all the submissions). Definitely recommended if your work fits and you can swing the extra expense if you make it as a finalist.

The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia has what looks to be an interesting call for entry coming up entitled “Terrain” with entries due July 19th. You can read more about the call for entry and the juror, Sean Kernan, here. I don’t have any experience with this gallery but it looks promising.

Good luck!

Calls for Entries May 2012

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me. Thank you also to everyone who has sent me leads this month, too.

As always, I recommend being selective in choosing ones that make sense for you and your work, as the cost of these in time and treasure certainly add up. On a semi-related note, if you are keen on photo festivals, here is a nice site collecting information about photo festivals across the world.

As always, please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this list!

The Vermont Photoplace Gallery has their annual Call for Portfolios with entries due May 2nd and an exhibition entitled “Alternative Realities” with entries due June 4th.

The Photography Portfolio Competition 2012 from the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has entries due May 4th – this is a good one (and the first of three on this list from the Philadelphia area).

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado has a call for entry entitled “Illusion” with a deadline of May 9th and their annual Center Forward competition with entries due June 12th.

StoneCrop Gallery in Ogunquit has a call for entries for Cell Phone Photography with entries due May 15th. I don’t know anything about this gallery, but the entry fee is low ($10) and they offer to print accepted images for free if you wish, so it is certainly a good deal if it is of interest to you.

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris has its annual photo competition coming up, with a final deadline of May 15th. This one is not cheap, but I think it is one of the absolute best ones out there and definitely recommended.

Daylight Magazine has their annual Daylight Photo Awards with entries due May 15th – a very nice set of jurors, particularly if you have documentary work.

Photo Center NW has their 17th annual Call for Entries entitled “Equivalents” with entries due May 18th. The juror is W. M. Hunt and I heartily recommend reading his description of what he is looking for in submissions, even if you don’t plan on submitting.

The Viewpoint Photographic Arts Center in Sacramento, California, is accepting proposals for solo or group exhibitions right now with submissions due May 18th. These submissions are for exhibitions that will run between February 2013 and January 2014. Viewpoint is a non-profit organization serving the Sacramento region and their is no fee for on-time proposals.

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center has their 3rd Annual Contemporary Photography Competition & Exhibition with entries due May 29th.

The ipa (International Photography Awards) has their annual photo contest coming up with a final deadline of May 31st. This is another very prestigious one and worth considering.

The Photo Review in Philadelphia has its annual Photo Review International Photography competition with entries due June 15th. I believe this one to be a pretty prestigious one also.

B&W Magazine has their next call for entries coming up, this one the B&W single image contest 2013 with entries due by June 30th.

The international contest entitled “The Art of Photography Show” in San Diego has entries due June 30th.

Good luck!

Calls for Entries April 2012

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me. Thank you also to everyone who has sent me leads, too.

There are still many good ones coming up – this time of year is one of the busiest with respect to calls for entries, based on my following of these for the last few years. As always, I recommend being selective in choosing ones that make sense for you and your work, as the cost of these in time and treasure certainly add up.

As always, please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this list!

The Griffin Museum of Photography of Massachusetts has their 18th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition with entries due March 31st. A highly recommended one for New England exposure.

The Vermont Photoplace Gallery has their annual PhotoPlace Open curated by Kyohei Abe and with entries due April 9th as well as their annual call for portfolios with entries due May 2nd.

This is not a call for entries or a contest, but on April 10th online registration begins for the New England Portfolio Reviews down at BU in Boston. I went to these last year and had a very good experience and hope to go again this year.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado has a call for entry entitled “Simply” with a deadline of April 11th.

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris has its annual photo competition coming up, with a final deadline of April 15th. This one is not cheap, but I think it is one of the absolute best ones out there and definitely recommended.

The Minneapolis Photo Center has a call for entry for Portraits: Up Close and Personal, with entries due April 15th.

The Santa Fe Workshops are having their semi-annual photo contest, this one entitled “Portraits”, with a final deadline of April 30th.

The ipa (International Photography Awards) has their annual photo contest coming up with early entries due April 30th and a final deadline of May 31st. This is another very prestigious one and worth considering.

Another very nice one is the Photography Portfolio Competition 2012 from the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with entries due May 4th.

Photo Center NW has their 17th annual Call for Entries entitled “Equivalents” with entries due May 18th. The juror is W. M. Hunt and I heartily recommend reading his description of what he is looking for in submissions, even if you don’t plan on submitting.

The Viewpoint Photographic Arts Center in Sacramento, California, is accepting proposals for solo or group exhibitions right now with submissions due May 18th. These submissions are for exhibitions that will run between February 2013 and January 2014. Viewpoint is a non-profit organization serving the Sacramento region and their is no fee for on-time proposals.

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center has their 3rd Annual Contemporary Photography Competition & Exhibition with entries due May 29th.

B&W + Color Magazine has their next call for entries coming up, this one the B&W single image contest 2013 with entries due between April 1st and June 30th. I just saw in the copy of the magazine that arrived yesterday that they are dropping the Color part of their magazine again and focusing exclusively on black & white going forward.

The international contest entitled “The Art of Photography Show” in San Diego has entries due June 30th.

Good luck!

Calls for Entries March 2012

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me. Thank you also to everyone who has sent me leads, too. There are a ton of good ones coming up – this time of year is one of the busiest with respect to calls for entries, based on my following of these for the last few years.

There are more than ever in this posting, but don’t panic! You obviously don’t have to enter all or any of them, but hopefully you’ll find some that make sense for you and your work. I know that I cannot afford (with time or money) to enter all of these myself, so I will be selective about my entries as well.

As always, please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this list!

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockport has a call for entries for their 2012 Biennial with entries due March 1st. Please note also that entries are physical proof-type prints that must be delivered by that date – it is not an online entry (but there is no entry fee). The Biennial will be co-curated by CMCA director Suzette McAvoy and independent curator Daphne Anderson Deeds. This is obviously one of the big shows this year in Maine and definitely recommended.

The PRC in Boston is having their prestigious 17th Annual Juried Exhibition, entitled “Exposure 2012”, with entries due March 2nd. The juror is Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at the George Eastman House. This is one I definitely recommend that all New England photographers consider.

The Vermont Photoplace Gallery has a few calls for entries up, including “Abstract Expressions” curated by Carl Chiarenza due March 5th and their annual PhotoPlace Open curated by Kyohei Abe and with entries due April 9th.

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris has its annual photo competition coming up, with an early bird entry of March 15th and a final deadline of April 15th. This one is not cheap, but I think it is one of the absolute best ones out there and definitely recommended.

Communication Arts has its photography competition with entries due March 16th. I don’t know much about this one but it looks promising if your work fits in. It seems to be geared towards photographers who work with designers and art directors.

The Santa Fe Workshops are having their semi-annual photo contest, this one entitled “Portraits”, with an early submission deadline of March 19th and a final deadline of April 30th.

The Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont has a call for submissions for “Night Light” (night photography) with a due date of March 21st.

The new Lyceum Gallery (in the former space of Gallery 5 in Lewiston) has a call for entries for “Through the Lens”, a fine art photography contest with entries due March 25th. The show last year had some great work and I look forward to seeing what is included this year.

Galerie Dufour in Belfast is having a call for entries for fine art nudes by Maine residents entitled “Primavera”, with a deadline of March 31st for photography (there is a separate call for other types of art).

The Griffin Museum of Photography of Massachusetts has their 18th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition with entries due March 31st. Another highly recommended one for New England exposure.

The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography is having a call for entries entitled Change of Pace 2012, curated by David Bram of Fraction Magazine, with a deadline of March 31st. This one looks pretty intriguing.

This is not a call for entries or a contest, but on April 10th online registration begins for the New England Portfolio Reviews down at BU in Boston. I went to these last year and had a very good experience and hope to go again this year.

The Minneapolis Photo Center has a call for entry for Portraits: Up Close and Personal, with entries due April 15th.

The ipa (International Photography Awards) has their annual photo contest coming up with early entries due April 30th and a final deadline of May 31st. This is another very prestigious one and worth considering.

Another very nice one is the Photography Portfolio Competition 2012 from the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with entries due May 4th.

The Viewpoint Photographic Arts Center in Sacramento, California, is accepting proposals for solo or group exhibitions right now with submissions due May 18th. These submissions are for exhibitions that will run between February 2013 and January 2014. Viewpoint is a non-profit organization serving the Sacramento region and their is no fee for on-time proposals.

B&W + Color Magazine has their next call for entries coming up, this one the B&W single image contest 2013 with entries due between April 1st and June 30th. You can’t submit yet but I thought I’d mention it for people trying to plan out (and budget) their entries.

The international contest entitled “The Art of Photography Show” in San Diego has entries due June 30th.

Good luck!

Maine Photographers Represent in B&W + Color Magazine’s 2012 Single Image Contest

"Pyrotechnic #12", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

The most recent B&W + Color Magazine has just come out with the results of their annual Color Single Image Contest. I was very pleased to see that one of my images (above) received a Merit Award in the Pattern/Texture category. (You can see other of my Pyrotechnic series images here and here).

"Lost Highways", Copyright Sharon Arnold. All Rights Reserved.

But I was just as pleased to see how many other Maine photographers were found in this issue, including many friends and clients. Sharon Arnold received a Gold Award in the Metaphor/Abstract category (see photo above). Felice Boucher joined her in that category with a Merit Award. Robert Moran ended up with 5(!) selected photographs, garnering a Silver Award, two Bronzes, and two Merits. Mary Woodman also had a Gold Award to go along with her two Merits. Jane Yudelman joined the fun with a Merit award of her own, as did Lynn Karlin. Carol MacLeod also had a Silver Award and a Merit Award and LeeAnne Mallonee nabbed a Bronze and a Merit. Congratulations to all of the photographers selected!

I know that all of these contests are subjective and you can only take their meaning so far, but I see this sort of result as further confirmation of the rich and vibrant photography community here in Maine. Those of us who live here already knew about that, but I’m happy to see others taking notice as well.

You can see a copy of the magazine cover below if you want to find it on the magazine racks:

Embracing Rejection: Thoughts on Juried Exhibitions & Contests

"Wolf Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson

I’ve been thinking about juried competitions quite a bit recently – I’ve been entering many (and getting in a few), and most of my photographic friends and clients are doing the same.

Before I go on, I’d like to clarify that I believe that juried events are valuable to artists, particularly emerging artists. The obvious potential benefit (and the reason most people submit) is that getting your work in front of jurors, receiving an award or selection, and having work included in an online or physical exhibition can all result in exposure of your work to people who may be able to help advance your career. Another benefit is that selections will help fill out your artistic resume or CV and may help establish credibility and/or seriousness as an artist.

I’ve also found that for me personally, the process of selecting work to submit is a valuable exercise in editing, and who among us doesn’t need more practice with editing our own work? (If you get in the habit of frequently entering exhibitions & contests, however, your costs in time, money, and mental energy will quickly add up, so it is worthwhile to consider whether each makes sense for you and your work.)

So now let’s talk about rejection. After dinner last night when I checked my e-mail, I was staring in the face of three brand new rejections that all came in within the previous few hours. No matter what you might have won in the past or your own evaluation of your own work, a string of rejections is not conducive to warm fuzzy feelings about yourself. Most of us will inevitably start questioning ourselves, even if just fleetingly: Maybe my work just isn’t that good?

Well, who can be objective about their own work? For the purposes of this discussion, however, let’s assume that your work is good. And yet we still get rejected, time and time again. There are many legitimate reasons why any selected work will be rejected by a particular juror. First, most of these competitions are incredibly competitive – many have 1o’s or 100’s vying for each spot. Second, art is subjective. Perhaps the juror just didn’t like your work — well, there are always people who don’t like any piece of work. Maybe your work is more traditional and they were looking for something edgier, maybe your work is edgy and they wanted traditional. Maybe the juror was selecting works to curate a unique vision and, while they loved your work, it just didn’t fit it. For all these reasons and more, as artists we need to learn (and, believe me, it is hard sometimes) to not take it personally.

My lesson from all of this for my work is to embrace the rejections and recognize that they are just part of the process. Instead of being annoyed at each one like I used to be, I have now slowly come to realize that they really are subjective. And while I certainly prefer to get an acceptance rather than a rejection, getting a rejection means that I’m out there in the ring and trying to present my work to the world. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but how great is the ability to present your work that way? Now when I get those inevitable rejections, I know that I’m putting my work out there, trying for more and more competitive shows, and if I don’t get in — well, there is always next year.

Calls for Entries February 2012

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me. Two new big ones (CMCA and PRC) and two with entries in the next few days, so move fast if you’d like to enter those.

As always, please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this list!

The now 7th Annual Maine Photography Show is accepting entries with all entries due by February 1st. This is always a fun one to enter and to see what gets in.

Eyephoneography #3 – Open call for entries (and no entry fees), entries due February 3rd. As you might guess, this is for the iPhone crowd. You know who you are.

Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery’s has entries due February 6th for a  show entitled “In Your Dreams”.

Aarhus Gallery in Belfast has their now annual call for art for their “44N 69W: Radius Belfast” 2012 show, open to artists of all sorts living within 30 miles of Belfast. The way this works is that you bring 1-3 pieces, make a small donation that they then pass to local food kitchens, and proceeds of any sales are also passed to local food kitchens. It is always a fun and diverse show and for a great cause. Drop-off is between Feb. 23rd and Feb. 26, so please checkout their website for details.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockport has a call for entries for their 2012 Biennial with entries due March 1st. Please note also that entries are physical proof-type prints that must be delivered by that date – it is not an online entry. The Biennial will be co-curated by CMCA director Suzette McAvoy and independent curator Daphne Anderson Deeds. This is obviously one of the big shows this year in Maine and well worth entering.

The PRC in Boston is having their prestigious 17th Annual Juried Exhibition, entitled “Exposure 2012”, with entries due between February 1 and March 2nd. The juror is Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at the George Eastman House. This is one I definitely recommend that all New England photographers consider.

The international contest entitled “The Art of Photography Show” in San Diego has entries due June 30th, but early entry discounts are available until February 14th.

Good luck!

Calls for Entries January 2012

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to try to get your work out there into the world? Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England (though yet again this one is somewhat national in scope). This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me.

As always, please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this!

Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery’s “Poetic Objects: Still Life as Objects” has entries due January 9th and “In Your Dreams” due February 6th.

1650 Gallery in LA has a call for entries due Jan. 10th for a show entitled Snow & Ice.

F-Stop Magazine is taking submissions for The Portrait, due date Jan. 15th.

Open to Interpretation has a new call for entries entitled “Fading Light” with entries due Jan. 19th.

The Center for Photography at Woodstock has their Photography Now competition with entries due Jan. 20th.

Gallery Photographica in San Francisco has a call for entries for the 2012 San Francisco International Photography Exhibition and Competition with entries due Jan. 20th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado has their Black & White call for entry with entries due Jan. 25th.

The presitgious PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris prize has a new contest entitled Altered Images for photographs taken using alternative processes or toy cameras – it looks like entries are due January 21st, 2012.

The 2012 CENTER Awards (based in Santa Fe) have an entry deadline of January 30, 2012 – these are both highly competitive and prestigious, which is how I suppose it should be…

The now 7th Annual Maine Photography Show is accepting entries with all entries due by February 1st. This is always a fun one to enter and to see what gets in.

Good luck!

Fine Art Notecards & Free Shipping

I’ve now set up free shipping to the US for everything on my photography website from now until the end of 2011. This includes all sizes of prints as well as notecards (about which see below). Everything is handled automagically whenever you add anything to the shopping cart.

Well, ’tis the season when everybody is thinking about notecards, and my printer has been humming away making new ones. I offer fine art notecards of all of my images for $5/card in packs of 5, perfect for gifts or thank you notes. All you do is select the image on my website, Add to Cart and select Products, and select fine art notecards. Or you can simply contact me directly and we’ll work it out.

And, if you subscribe to my email newsletter, you are eligible for discounts on both the fine art notecards and my smaller open edition prints. You can sign-up right here if you are so inclined.

I have a large supply of both rectangular and square blank notecards, so if you are an artist looking for an elegant notecard solution, you can find out more about my notecard printing services here.

Calls for Entries December 2011

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry that may be of interest to photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England (though this month is pretty national in scope). This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me. There

As always, please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this!

Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery’s  “The Four Seasons” has entries due December 12th.

Maine Art Scene is having their Third Annual Call to Maine Artists for their 2012 Statewide Juried Virtual Art Exhibit, with submissions due December 15th. The end result of this is really pretty slick.

B&W Spider Award Competition 2012 – the due date is Dec. 16th.

Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR (the ‘other Portland’) has a call for entries for its Black & White themed exhibition with entries due Dec. 16th.

B&W/COLOR Magazine has their annual B&W Portfolio competition with entries due December 31, 2011. These are always worthwhile to enter as their circulation seems pretty widespread.

1650 Gallery in LA has a call for entries due Jan. 10th for a show entitled Snow & Ice.

The 2012 CENTER Awards (based in Santa Fe) have an entry deadline of January 30, 2012 – these are both highly competitive and prestigious, which is how I suppose it should be…

The presitgious PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris prize has a new contest entitled Altered Images for photographs taken using alternative processes or toy cameras – it looks like entries are due January 21st, 2012.

The now 7th Annual Maine Photography Show is accepting entries starting Dec. 1st with all entries due by February 1st. This is always a fun one to enter and to see what gets in.

Good luck!