Calls for Entries November 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. A little early this month, but at least one of these is a new one and is due early in November.

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

“Eat Me – The Tasty Art of Food Photography” from 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, due very, very soon on November 2nd. The gallery has another call for entries of “Flower Power” that is due November 30th.

Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery’s “On the Road – Travel Photography” has entries due November 14th and “The Four Seasons” with entries due December 12th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado has its “Home” competition, entries due November 16th.

Center for Photographic Art 2012 Juried Exhibition in Carmel, CA, entries due November 18th.

Project Basho’s international competition for emerging photographers, juried by Todd Hido, entitled ONWARD Compé, with a due date of November 28th.

B&W Spider Award Competition 2012 – the due date is a ways off (and I’m not sure when it is), but they run lots of specials that let you get discounts for submitting early.

Good luck!

Calls for Entries October 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. 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!

“The Dark Side:  Night Photography” from 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, due very soon on October 5th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado has its “Portraits” competition, entries due October 11th, and the “Home” competition, entries due November 16th.

Two grants available to Maine artists from the Carlo Pittore Foundation are available, with a deadline of October 15th for entries.

Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery’s “Uncanny: Surreal Photography” has entries due October 17th.

The “Intimate Landscape” call for entry from Open to Interpretation (image/poetry book based on winners), deadline of October 18th.

The Print Center in Philadelphia has a Call for Entries for its 86th Annual International Competition: Photography, deadline of October 19th.

The National Portrait Gallery is having the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, entries due October 31st.

Center for Photographic Art 2012 Juried Exhibition in Carmel, CA, entries due November 18th.

B&W Spider Award Competition 2012 – the due date is a ways off (and I’m not sure when it is), but they run lots of specials that let you get discounts for submitting early.

Good luck!

Mailchimp vs. Constant Contact Email Platforms for Photographers

"Thunder Moon III", Copyright Jim Nickelson

Recently I launched my first email newsletter for my photography and printing businesses using Mailchimp (you can sign up here if you are interested in receiving future ones). Services like Mailchimp provide a valuable service to photographers or other artists who are marketing their work, providing a means to create and deliver attractive and effective e-mail newsletters. Since I’ve also used Constant ContactConstant Contact (find it here) quite a bit during the last year (as part of FocusMaine), I thought my thoughts/review of the two might be useful to other artists who are thinking of using one of these services, especially since these two seem to be the two biggest players in this space. Mind you, this won’t be a full review or blow-by-blow comparison — just my thoughts as a photographer and newish user of each.

Before I discuss the differences between these two, there is a threshold question – why not just send emails from your normal email program? The first advantage for me is that email platforms provide an easy and clean way of managing a big list and, importantly for compliance with anti-spam laws, also provide a quick and safe way for people to unsubscribe from your lists. If your list isn’t big now, hopefully you will be in the future, and it is better to start off with a platform rather than trying to move an existing list. The second advantage is of design – you can create much nicer and more professional emails using these platforms than you can with your regular email editor. The third advantage is deliverability – I have no way of confirming this, but apparently more of your emails do get delivered by using these platforms as anti-spam technology recognizes that emails coming from these sources are less likely to be spam. The final advantage for me is tracking and reporting – for each email campaign, you can track pretty much everything – where people clicked and didn’t click, who opened and clicked, what worked and didn’t work – and thus improve future mailings.

So, why did I choose Mailchimp when I already had experience with CC? First, it is a bit less expensive than CC for comparable plans, and their forever free plan that limits you to 2000 subscribers is actually pretty full-featured. CC gives you a free two-month demo but it obviously has an end. CC also had a number of small but annoying fees, such as charging you extra if you wanted to have more than 5 image files loaded for your account.

Another advantage of Mailchimp is that it is ridiculously easy to use and to create a good-looking email. CC seems to have more potential power and is not horrible in terms of user-friendliness, but I think Mailchimp hits a sweet spot on capability and usability, particularly for more general users. As one example of its power and simplicity, when I used one of the standard Mailchimp templates, it went out and automatically found my home website, grabbed the colors and such from there, and made my template match – just like that. Slick. I found Mailchimp’s design templates to be both more varied and also more attractive than those I used with CC, too.

As a warning, Mailchimp inserts monkey-related humor throughout its website, too, which may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your personal sense of humor (I like much of it personally). But it is reflective of its user-friendliness when compared to CC, which feels more corporate.

Both of these services are free to try and I encourage any photographer wishing to make their email marketing more powerful and professional to consider either one. I think many people, particularly visual artists, will be better served by the clean designs and ease-of-use of Mailchimp, but CC is also certainly worth a look to see if it has exclusive features you might find essential.

Do you have experiences with either of these programs you’d like to share? Feel free to comment below…

 

 

Calls for Entries September 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. This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me. Things are picking up now that summer is over and there are many contests with due dates in the coming months.

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

Colour, Colour, Colour from The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, due September 11th.

The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest, due September 12th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado has their Portfolio Showcase contest with entries due September 14th.

The British Journal of Photography has their International Photography Award 2011 contest coming up with entries due September 15th.

Bates College has a call for entries entitled “Starstruck“, due date September 15th – note that they require physical prints for submission.

The Lens Culture International Exposure Awards (portfolios, single images) are due September 17th.

Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has “Again: Reflections and Photography”, with entries due September 19th.

Summer” by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, final deadline of a surprisingly non-summery September 21st.

Color Magazine Single Image contest, due September 30th. One of the best pieces of exposure you can get. (In print, at least, as the website is still archaic). You’ll have to find an actual copy of the magazine to get info on submitting as the info they have on the website is not up to date.

The National Portrait Gallery is having the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, entries due between September 1st and October 31st.

B&W Spider Award Competition 2012 – the due date is a ways off (and I’m not sure when it is), but they run lots of specials that let you get discounts for submitting early.

Maine Photographer Updates September 2011

Occasionally I like to provide updates on Maine photographers, particularly those that are friends or clients of Nickelson Editions, my fine art digital printmaking business. The summer is nearing its end and things in the Maine photographic community will start picking up again as fall approaches. Jumping ahead, though, two NE clients have beautiful calendars coming out for 2012 – Lynn Karlin’s Maine Gardens 2012 and Stacey Cramp’s Great Maine Food 2012. Both are lovely and Stacey’s calendar is already gracing our kitchen wall. You can find both online and at local bookstores.

NE client Peter Ralston moved his brand new gallery all the way from 25 Main Street to 23 Main Street in Rockport harbor. Congratulations to Peter on the new, larger space!

Robert Moran continues to have his work everywhere – for the months of September and October he has a solo show (entitled “Vertigo & Transport”) scheduled at the Dogfish Cafe on Free Street in Portland, with an opening reception September 2nd. In the same months he will also be showing at Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery’s “SEEING MYSELF, SEEING OTHERS – The Art of the Portrait” show in Middlebury, VT. And last but not least, congratulations to Bob also for being selected for an award in Color Magazine’s (ok, now B&W and Color Magazine) most recent Color Portfolio contest (on newstands now). The work looks great in the magazine and is well worth seeking out if you don’t subscribe.

And speaking of B&W + Color Magazine, congratulations are also in order to NE client Arla Patch, who was awarded a Spotlight Award in the recent Color Portfolio issue and who will be featured in the coming months in an article.

NE client Sarah Szwajkos was als0 selected for the Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery (in addition to Bob Moran) – you can see her image online at their website.

Calls for Entries August 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. 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!

“Dreams” with the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado, curated by Aline Smithson, entries due August 9th. They have their Portfolio Showcase contest with entries due September 14th coming up as well.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a Call for Portfolios (due August 8th) and another contest called The Nature of Trees (due August 22nd). The Call for Portfolios looks interesting but I wonder how many visitors actually look through the portfolio books.

The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest, due September 12th.

Summer” by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, final deadline of a surprisingly non-summery September 21st.

Color Magazine Single Image contest, due September 30th. One of the best pieces of exposure you can get. (In print, at least, as the website is still archaic). You’ll have to find an actual copy of the magazine to get info on submitting as the info they have on the website is not up to date.

The British Journal of Photography has their International Photography Award 2011 contest coming up with entries due September 15th.

Bates College has a call for entries entitled “Starstruck“, due date September 15th – note that they require physical prints for submission.

The Lens Culture International Exposure Awards (portfolios, single images) are due September 17th.

The National Portrait Gallery is having the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, entries due between September 1st and October 31st.

Gallery Pouches

I’ve come across a relatively new product that I find quite useful for schlepping around framed photographs. Any of you who show in galleries on occasion probably have dealt with the issue of how best to transport a framed print. I know that rewrapping protective paper back around a frame is near impossible for me.

Enter the Gallery Pouch from Frame Destination. It is a simple idea – they make a bubble wrap envelope in pretty much any size you would like, and they put either a Velcro seal or adhesive on the flap. Buy one of these in the right size for your framed print, slide in the frame, and seal if desired. It won’t protect from major impacts, but it will help significantly in preventing the minor damage that is inevitable when you are transporting frames. I chose the cheaper option without Velcro as I normally don’t need to seal mine up so I can’t comment on how well the Velcro works — but I’m pleased with my initial purchase of a few of these and I plan on buying more.

Calls for Entries July 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. 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!

“Photography Book Now” competition by Blurb, entries due July 14th.

Critical Mass, registration between June 1st and July 15th. This one is a bit different than most – high entry fee of $75, and if you make the shortlist, you work is sent to 200(!) jurors and you are charged an additional $200.

“Seeing Myself, Seeing Others: The Art of the Portrait” at Vermont’s PhotoPlace Gallery, entries due July 25th.

“All Along the Lee Shore…” by The Nocturnes (the night photography site), entries need to physically arrive by July 30th.

“Dreams”, juried by Aline Smithson, at Ft. Collins, Colorado’s Center for Fine Art Photography, due August 9th.


Maine Media Workshops – lectures and more

It is always a good time of year when Maine Media Workshops, perhaps the most treasured photographic resource of Midcoast Maine, starts getting more active again. They are open all year but not until the summer do all the publicly available lectures and such begin.

First, there is a new lecture series starting entitled Masters of 20th Century Photography. Based on the first two scheduled events, this is going to be a must-see event (even if the timing isn’t optimal for local people with 9-5 jobs). Here’s their description of the first two events:

As an introduction to this lecture series, Jim Hughes and Tim Whelan engage in a lively and wide-ranging conversation about some of the great photographers of the 20th century. Jim is a longtime editor of photo magazines and author of books on photographers. Tim has run a renowned photography bookstore in Rockport for nearly 20 years. This event takes place Monday, June 13, at 4pm in the Union Hall Theatre, 2 Central Street in Rockport.

The second installment of the “Masters of 20th Century Photography” lecture series features Paul Caponigro. Paul Caponigro has had a love of Maine and an affiliation with Maine Media Workshops since it started 38 years ago. This year Paul is being feted by the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland with the exhibition Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places. At our event, Michael Komanecky, Chief Curator at the Farnsworth, will show highlights of the exhibition and join Tim Whelan in a discussion about this master’s life and work. This event takes place Monday, June 20, at 4pm in the Union Hall Theatre, 2 Central Street in Rockport.

One of my favorite ongoing events is Maine Media’s faculty presentation series, which begins this coming Monday, June 6th, with Norman Mauskopf. The slideshow starts at 7:30 pm at the Union Hall Theatre in Rockport. I’ve seen his presentation before and it is well worthwhile. The Events page has info about this talk as well as future ones throughout the summer.

Maine Media also has a new show up at their gallery and an upcoming open house on June 12th – check out their website for more info on these. Glad to have all this back!

Calls for Entries June 2011

EDIT (June 3rd) – Yikes, I forgot another one, too – B&W + Color magazine single B&W image contest due June 30th. This is a very worthwhile one to enter as well! Their not-particularly-helpful website unfortunately doesn’t reflect this, but you can contact them or look in a recent issue to find out more.

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. Please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this!

“Say It With Color” at Lewiston’s Gallery 5, entries due June 5th.

“Art in Nature”, juried by wildlife photographer extraordinaire Nick Brandt, at Ft. Collins, Colorado’s Center for Fine Art Photography, due June 8th.

Photo Center NW’s 16th Annual Photo Exhibition Competition, entries now due June 11th (extended deadline).

“Poetry of Shadows” at Vermont’s PhotoPlace Gallery, entries due June 27th.

Critical Mass, registration between June 1st and July 15th. This one is a bit different than most – high entry fee of $75, and if you make the shortlist, you work is sent to 200(!) jurors and you are charged an additional $200.

Edit: I neglected to mention the Hey, Hot Shot! competition, entries due June 22nd.