If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get your photography out in the world, a few upcoming calls for entry might be just the thing you need to jumpstart your marketing efforts. I sometimes have mixed feelings about these sort of contests as some seem to be focused more on making money from photographers than any other purpose, but they are what they are. You have to look at the entry fees, judges, and expected benefits if you are selected (and don’t forget to look for onerous rights grabs by the contest organizers) to determine whether it is worth it for you.
All that being said, here are a few upcoming exhibits/shows/etc. that I am personally considering:
UPDATE (1/3/11) – I neglected to mention the Griffin Museum of Photography Juried Exhibition, entries due Mar. 31 – another very good one.
Univ. of Maine Museum of Art Photo National 2011 – move fast as your physical prints need to be there by this Friday, December 10th. This should be a great show and I’m definitely going to submit to this one myself.
Color Magazine Portfolio contest, due March 31st. Their website of course doesn’t have info on this, so check out a recent B&W or Color Magazine for details.
Penobscot Marine Museum Art of the Boat contest – entries due Mar. 15th. This looks like it could end up being a pretty interesting show.
Photo Techniques Magazine “The Photographic Experience” Call for Entries, due Feb. 28th.
Any of the upcoming contests sponsored by Vermont’s PhotoPlace Gallery…next one is due January 10th but they have them about every month or two on the average. One wonderful thing about this gallery is that you can significantly reduce costs by utilizing their framing service – basically, if you send them a standard size print, they will frame it for free for the duration of the show.
Lewiston’s Gallery 5 has a series of contests open to photographers, including an upcoming still life show due Feb. 6th and a Photography Competition with entries due Apr. 24th.
Boothbay Harbor’s Maine Photography Show is now accepting entries for this increasingly popular show – entries are due by February 1st.
And last, but not least, Santa Fe’s CENTER has their contests, including its prestigious juried portfolio review, with entries due Jan. 27th.
Something for everyone…let me know if you know of something that should be added to the list!