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MVS Master Class: Special Guests Announced!

November 29, 2015

Special Guests announced! Joining my Master Class in Tucson January 19-24th will industry professionals CASS FEY, LISA M. ROBINSON, DAPHNE SRINIVASAN and DAVID J. TAYLOR.

Curator of Education CASS FEY will speak on expanding and engaging your exhibition audiences.

Artist LISA M. ROBINSON (“Snowbound“, Kehrer Verlag) will discuss her creative practice and embracing new projects.

Gallerist/Appraiser DAPHNE SRINIVASAN will share her perspectives on strategic career planning.

Artist David J. Taylor will share his experience on bringing long-term projects to publication (“Working the Line” and “Monuments“, Radius Books)

Visit the MVS Master Class webpage for more information.  Applications accepted until filled.

Deadline December 2nd: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2016

Aperture Foundation
Call for Entries: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2016
Deadline: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at noon EST

“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

The Portfolio Prize is open to Aperture Foundation Members, who also enjoy invitations to special events, exclusive discounts on Aperture publications, and opportunities to meet and engage with artists and leaders in the photo community.

First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website, accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. All winners are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.

Competition Criteria
When examining competition entries, Aperture’s editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria:

  • Is the work new, i.e., created in the last five years?
  • Is a theme or topic carried throughout the portfolio in a consistent manner?
  • Do the individual images have strong composition and strong use of color or tone?
  • What technical and presentation choices has the photographer made, and are they appropriate for the work? For example, is there a clear reason for using sepia-toned black-and-white versus a digitally enhanced palette?
  • Does the body of work take an innovative or unique approach to the subject matter?”

For the full prospectus visit:

November 18th, Webinar: Business as unUsual – 21st Century Copyright & You

ASMP Business as unUsual
21st Century Copyright & You
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM EST

“No legislative act has a greater impact on your ability to earn a living as a creator than copyright. For the first time since 1976, Congress and the Copyright Office are engaged in serious talks to significantly modernize the Copyright Act and the Copyright Office itself. Global corporations with deep pockets have already aligned against the interests of independent creators. Only our numbers and a strong unified voice can counter their lobbyists and their messaging. ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy will give you a solid understanding of what’s at play and how you can contribute to the process to ensure that you’ll be able to earn a living in this new era of copyright.

Please note: Live attendance is limited. All registrants and ASMP Members will have free access to a recording after the event. Non-members who have not registered may access the recording for $4.99.”

To register for this event go to:


Deadline EXTENDED to November 2nd: 15th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition

Texas Woman’s University East | West Galleries
Call for Entries: 15th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition
Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2015 EXTENDED to MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015
Fee: Basic Application, 1-5 images $35 | Extended Application, 1-10 images $60

“Theme: “Nourish: Food as Sustenance and Pleasure”

Food is the foundation of life: both sustenance for our bodies and the source of great pleasure. Juror Dr. Rebecca Senf is looking for photographs of food, defined in an inclusive way.  She would like to see photographs that address what people eat, the relationship of food to love and nurturing, farming and food production, food allergies, repulsive food, food still lifes and even photographs about photographing food. Other types of food pictures are also welcome.

Photographers who have worked extensively on the topic of food are encouraged to apply, with the possibility that the juror could solicit additional works for the exhibition during the jurying process.​

Dr. Rebecca Senf, the Norton Family Curator of Photography, a joint appointment at the Center for Creative Photography and the Phoenix Art Museum.

This exhibition is open to anyone creating photographic images. All photographic and related processes are encouraged including digital, non-silver and photographic book arts. Pieces must not exceed 60” in any dimension.”

For the full prospectus: (opens as a PDF).
To apply go to:

Deadline November 15th: TheDocumentaryProjectFund

Deadline: Sunday, November 15, 2015

“TheDocumentaryProjectFund, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving communities through photography, would like to announce its Fall 2015 Fall Call for Entries. Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2015 through November 15, 2015. Two awards will be given:

  • A $5000 award to an established photographer
  • A $3500 Emerging Vision Award will go to a photographer who is either in the beginning stages of a career or undergoing a career transition.

We are looking for talented documentary photographers proposing visually exciting, issue oriented projects within or around their communities.

For more information and to apply visit:”

Transitions: Summer to Fall, MVS to LOOK3

Sept 2015 grid-3

I am proud announce that I have accepted the position Executive Director of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph.  This is an extraordinary professional opportunity, one that returns me to my roots of education and community.

LOOK3 is a beloved festival that occurs each June in the historic town of Charlottesville, Virginia, nestled against the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains.  LOOK3 was born out of the long-held backyard slide shows hosted by Michael “Nick” Nichols, the last one held in 2005.  The next year, the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph moved into town, its reach expanded and was established as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation in Charlottesville and the rest, as they say, is ‘history.’  LOOK3 hosted its first Festival (dubbed “3 days of peace, love, and photography”) in 2007.

Today LOOK3 celebrates the vision of exceptional photographers, ignites conversations about critical issues and fosters the next generation of artists.  I invite you to visit our website to learn more about the artistic history of the Festival, sign up for our mailing list and plan now to join us the week of June 13th, 2016, in Charlottesville.

The 15th of September I begin planning programming for our 10th anniversary year (L3X).  I’d love to hear from those of you who have attended, as well as those who have yet to experience LOOK3.  Whose work inspires you?  What topics engage you?  What do you wish to learn about photography today?  Share your thoughts with me at

With this commitment to the growth of our Festival, I will not begin any new private mentoring relationships.  I direct those of you wishing to study with me to attend my public lectures and portfolio review events.  My desire to share my knowledge and awareness of our industry never waivers and educational workshops are a valuable and satisfying learning experience.  Next up on the calendar: I will be teaching at Aperture later this month, and speaking at PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo in October.

A new journey begins! I will continue to update you monthly via this Newsletter and post often on Instagram (please follow @maryvirginiaswanson AND @look3festival).  This website will continue to be updated with advice for photographers and notice of my forthcoming publications and upcoming public events.  I hope our paths cross soon.

– Mary Virginia Swanson


  1. Molly Roberts, Director of Photography offering advice during LOOK3 2015 Portfolio Reviews.
  2. Michael “Nick” Nichols on the Paramount stage, LOOK3 2013
  3. LOOK3 2015 Marquee, of the Historic Paramount Theater on the Downtown Pedestrian Mall, Charlottesville.
  4. Josef Koudelka with curator Anne Wilkes Tucker, who interviewed him on the Paramount Stage at LOOK3 2013.
  5. INSPIRATIONS on MVS’ office wall in Tucson:  “Big Love” pass from LOOK3 2013 draped over a portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, Esq. by Alvin Langdon Coburn, Camera Work, January 1908.


  1. Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park.
  2. Virginia-based artist Eliot Dudik shares the publication of a portfolio of his 8″x20″ landscapes of Civil War Battlefields in the July/August 2015 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.  Eliot was the recipient of the 2014 PhotoNOLA prize for this work, and it will be featured in an exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2015.
  3. Civil War Graveyard, Fredericksburg.
  4. Candela Gallery and Books, downtown Richmond.
  5. “Virginia is for Lovers” seen in Spotsylvania Courthouse Square.
  6. Golden hour near Crozet, Virginia.

REMINDER: Registration for PhotoNOLA’s Portfolio Reviews opens September 3rd

September 3, 2015

This year’s PhotoNOLA Festival (it’s 10th Anniversary) promises to be one of the best.

Registration for the Reviews opens on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time.   2015 promises out fast, so don’t hesitate!  See you there!

Deadline September 18th: CPW’s Photographers’ Fellowship Fund 2015

The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Call for Entries: Photographers’ Fellowship Fund 2015
Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015
No application fee.

“Since 1980, The Center for Photography at Woodstock has provided regional photographers with significant recognition and support through the Photographers’ Fellowship Fund award. As of 2009, one $2,500 grant is awarded annually to a regional artist working in photography and related media.

To date, CPW has awarded over $76,000 in Photographers’ Fund Fellowships to 87 artists. Past recipients include Kenro Izu, Andrea Modica, Lucinda Devlin, Craig J. Barber, Tanya Marcuse, Isaac Diggs, among others.  To view the archive of past recipients, click here.

Vince Aletti, Photography Critic, The New Yorker.

Only artists working in photography who live in the following New York State Counties are eligible to apply to the Photographers’ Fellowship Fund: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, and Washington. Proof of residency is required.

Artists working in photography, digital imagery, mixed media and or artwork which incorporate photography are welcome to apply.”

For the full prospectus visit:

Deadline September 15th: CURRENTS 2015

New Orleans Photo Alliance
Call for Entries: CURRENTS 2015:
NOPA Members Showcase
Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Submission Fee: $25 | Submission Fee + NOPA Membership: $60

“New Orleans Photo Alliance members are invited to submit work for consideration in CURRENTS 2015. The exhibit will open in December at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in conjunction with the 2015 PhotoNOLA festival.

This annual exhibition was created to showcase contemporary photographic work created by NOPA members. The show includes work by as many as fifteen Alliance members, featuring several images by each selected photographer. CURRENTS 2015 will open on December 10 and run through January 24, 2016. The public reception and juror’s talk will be held on Friday, December 11.

Alexa Dilworth, Publishing and Awards Director, Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University

Submission is open to all current members of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Applicants may join at time of entry.

Submission Guidelines

  • Open theme.
  • Submit 5-10 jpegs, from a cohesive body of work.
  • Artist statement + brief project description are also required.
  • You will have to create an account through EntryThingy in order to submit your entry.
  • All art submitted must be original work, created by the applicant.
  • New Orleans Photo Alliance reserves the right to use selected images in web and print for exhibition related publicity purposes; NOPA will properly credit the photographers.
  • Accepted works should be presented professionally, wired and ready to hang.

Submission Requirements

  1. $25 application fee to be directed through Paypal immediately after your application has been successfully uploaded.
  2. An artist statement or project description, to be pasted into appropriate box when prompted at beginning of entry process.
  3. A concise description of the work, limited to 260 characters, which will serve as an introduction to your work, visible to juror alongside the thumbnail images. Can include title of series and a brief explanation of the project.
  4. A portfolio of 5 to 10 images. Images can originate in any format but must be submitted digitally through an online application process.
  5. Each image submitted should be in jpeg format, 10 inches wide, sized at 72 pixels per inch (720 pixels). Name your files with your last name then first name and image title using an underscore to separate the names. Example: Doe_Jane_ImageTitle.jpg,
  6. Each image submitted will also require a title, dimensions, medium, and year created. Each image file and its accompanying information will be entered and uploaded one at a time.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit:

MVS at Aperture NYC, Sept. 12 & 19th: Fundraising workshop for photographers

Excited to be teaching an intensive workshop helping photographers understand the path to completion of their projects. What do you need to complete yours? Finding like-minded people is key, whether they can provide access, cash or in-kind donations. Join me on two consecutive Saturdays in NYC, the same week as Photoville and the NY Artbook Fair. And, the Emmet Gowin exhibition “Hidden Likeness” will be in its final days at the Morgan Library.

Join us!  This class is held on two consecutive Saturdays in September: 12th, and 19th, 11-6 each day; class size is limited.

Details at



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