Approaching Deadline

Blue Earth Alliance
Call for Submissions: Photographic Project Sponsorship
Deadline: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

“Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects whose goal is to educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. Our standard contract sponsors the project for two years.

Blue Earth offers fiscal accountability to the projects we accept for sponsorship. As a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, Blue Earth is eligible to receive grants and tax-deductible contributions from private foundations, individuals, or other entities.

Along with this fiscal accountability, we also offer other services. When you join our community of visual storytellers, we offer mentorship throughout the life of your project sponsorship, publicity on our blog and newsletters, help with PR and marketing, and more depending upon individual needs.

We accept submissions for sponsorship twice each year, January 20th and July 20th. Materials must be received in our offices by the deadline. We announce recipients approximately two months later.”

For further details, previously and currently sponsored projects, and the application process visit: www.blueearth.org/projects/submit.cfm.

Deadline Extended to December 5th: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2015

Aperture Foundation
Call for Entries: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2015
Deadline: Friday, December 5, 2014 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.

Portfolio Prize – Guidelines
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 and to see previous winners visit: www.aperture.org/portfolio-prize.

Deadline December 22nd: LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014

LensCulture
Call for Entries: Exposure Awards 2014
Deadline: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST

“The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014 is an international competition that aims to discover and showcase the best photographers from all over the world. Share your images with the world for a chance at over $10,000 in awards, as well as a world-class exhibition in London and massive exposure to our global audience of over 900,000. Our international jury of notable industry professionals will select six top winners in two categories and 25 finalists. These are our largest international awards of the year and YOU are invited to submit your best photographs and get worldwide recognition.”

To see the list of judges, categories to enter and for the full prospectus visit: www.lensculture.com/exposure-awards-2014.

Deadline November 18th: Open Society ” Moving Walls 23: Group Exhibition”

Open Society Foundations
Call for Submissions: Moving Walls 23: Group Exhibition
Deadline: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

“The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting proposals for our next exhibition, Moving Walls 23, opening in June 2015 at Open Society Foundations–New York.

We are seeking photo-based documentary projects that address a social justice or human rights issue in any region where the Open Society Foundations are active.

Since 1998, Moving Walls has showcased over 200 photographers in 22 group exhibitions—at our offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London—that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.
  • We welcome all applicants, and especially encourage those from underrepresented groups (e.g., applicants from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East; people representing marginalized groups; and women). All submissions will be considered. The Open Society Foundations does not discriminate based on any status that may be protected by applicable law.
Purpose and Priorities

We are particularly interested in work that provides a fresh perspective and expands the visual language of documentary photography. Therefore, we invite photographers and artists to submit documentary-based work that uses new or creative visual strategies, investigative/storytelling approaches, or technologies. We seek applicants who reflect a diversity of global perspectives, especially those that are under-represented in mainstream narratives and media. Five to six projects will be selected.

We will cover the cost of: printing/framing; $2,500 participation fee; travel cost reimbursement/coverage to attend the opening reception and related events (attendance required); and return shipment of photographs.”

For the full prospectus visit: www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/moving-walls.

Deadline December 3rd: PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards

PhotoPhilanthropy
Call for entries: Activist Awards
Wednesday, December 5, 2014, midnight PST

“PhotoPhilanthropy believes in the power of photography to inspire hope and understanding and to connect people around the world. The Activist Awards have been established to emphasize the important role of high quality documentary photography and visual storytelling as a vehicle to create meaningful impact and social change.

Photo essays must be entered into one of two categories:

  • Professional Photographer –  $15,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who earns the majority of their living from photography.
  • Emerging Photographer – $5,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who does not earn the majority of their income from photography.

Submission Guidelines
In order to reflect current issues, photographs in the essay must have been taken within the last three years. Long-term projects will be accepted as long as the majority of the photographs were taken within the last three years.

Each photographer may enter up to two essays, and although they can be completed in collaboration with the same nonprofit, the subject matter must be different. Essays entered in previous years may not be resubmitted.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit photophilanthropy.org/award/submission-guidelines.

Deadline December 2nd: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2015

Aperture Foundation
Call for Entries: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2015
Deadline: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 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.

Portfolio Prize – Guidelines
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.

How to Enter

  1. Become an Aperture Member to enter the 2015 Portfolio Prize!
    For more information on membership benefits, visit aperture.org/join.
  2. Get your passcode.
    Upon online purchase of an Aperture membership, you will receive an e-receipt containing a unique invitational call passcode to enter the 2015 Aperture Portfolio Prize. If your annual membership is current through December 3, 2014, there is no additional fee to enter the prize. Please check your inbox for an e-mail containing an invitational call passcode.
  3. Enter via callforentry.org until Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12 noon EST.
    You will be prompted for free registration with CaFÉ. Once you are registered, click “Apply to Calls” and enter your invitational call passcode to enter the Aperture Portfolio Prize. You will be asked to provide the following:

    • 15 images with title/caption information (see FAQ for guidelines on how to submit fewer images)
    • Statement of up to 250 words about your work
    • Résumé/CV

If you would like to submit more than one portfolio, contact apertureprize@aperture.org.

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 and to see previous winners visit: www.aperture.org/portfolio-prize.

Deadline November 18th: Open Society “Moving Walls 23: Group Exhibition”

Open Society Foundation
Call for Entries: Moving Walls 23: Group Exhibition
Deadline: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm EST

“The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting proposals for our next exhibition, Moving Walls 23, opening in June 2015 at Open Society Foundations–New York.

We are seeking photo-based documentary projects that address a social justice or human rights issue in any region where the Open Society Foundations are active.

Since 1998, Moving Walls has showcased over 200 photographers in 22 group exhibitions—at our offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London—that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.
  • We welcome all applicants, and especially encourage those from underrepresented groups (e.g., applicants from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East; people representing marginalized groups; and women). All submissions will be considered. The Open Society Foundations does not discriminate based on any status that may be protected by applicable law.

Purpose and Priorities
We are particularly interested in work that provides a fresh perspective and expands the visual language of documentary photography. Therefore, we invite photographers and artists to submit documentary-based work that uses new or creative visual strategies, investigative/storytelling approaches, or technologies. We seek applicants who reflect a diversity of global perspectives, especially those that are under-represented in mainstream narratives and media. Five to six projects will be selected.

We will cover the cost of: printing/framing; $2,500 participation fee; travel cost reimbursement/coverage to attend the opening reception and related events (attendance required); and return shipment of photographs.

Guidelines
Download and review the full application instructions at www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/moving-walls, and then submit your application online at: apply.movingwalls.org/23.

Deadline October 31st: HCP 2015 Fellowship Exhibition

Houston Center for Photography
Call for Entries: 2015 Fellowship Exhibition
Deadline Extended: Friday, October 31, 2014 at midnight

Fee: $35 + $30 HCP membership

“Two fellowship recipients will be awarded $3,000 each and a solo exhibition at HCP in the summer of 2015. One Houston-based artist (residing within a 100 mile radius of Houston including the Beaumont, Galveston, and College Station areas) will receive the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship and another artist from anywhere in the world, outside the Houston area, will receive the HCP Fellowship.

All Entrants must be, or become, HCP members at the time of submission.To become an HCP member, click here

Juror
Paul Kopeikin, Owner, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.”

For a complete checklist of submission guidelines and to apply, visit www.callforentry.org.

Deadline October 24th: HCP 2015 Fellowship Exhibition

Houston Center for Photography
Call for Entries: 2015 Fellowship Exhibition

Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014
Fee: $35 (+ membership $35 = $70)

“Two fellowship recipients will be awarded $3,000 each and a solo exhibition at HCP in the summer of 2015. One Houston-based artist (residing within a 100 mile radius of Houston including the Beaumont, Galveston, and College Station areas) will receive the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship and another artist from anywhere in the world, outside the Houston area, will receive the HCP Fellowship.

Juror
Paul Kopeikin, Owner, Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA).

Submission Guidelines
All Entrants must be, or become, HCP members at the time of submission.To become an HCP member, click here.

  • Carefully edit a group of no more than 10 images or videos that describe your current lens-based work
  • an artist statement
  • a resume, c/v, or bio
  • specific information for each piece:
    o Title (for identification purposes)
    o Year of exposure
    o Size (height X width)
    o Medium of finished work (inkjet print, chromogenic print, etc.)
    o Pricing (estimate of final print value)
  • Upload all submission materials to callforentry.org.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.hcponline.org/exhibitions/fellowships.

Deadline December 15: Flash Forward 2015

Magenta Foundation
Call for Entries: Flash Forward 2015
Deadline: Monday, December 15, 2014

Fee: $50 USD | $50 CAD | £30 GBP

“The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce Year Eleven of Flash Forward, its Emerging Photographers Competition.

Flash Forward 2015 is an open call for submissions, open to all photographers working in Canada, the UK and the US. Applicants must be 34 years of age or under as of December 31, 2015

Prizes
One cash prize of $6,000 will be awarded to the 2015 Bright Spark, an emerging photographer whose submitted body of work is identified by the jury as being extraordinarily accomplished. IN ADDITION, an Artists Multiple BOOK Prize has been added to this year’s competition. A photographer, selected by The Magenta Foundation Team, will be published. Details to be announced in the coming months.

As in the past, all 2015 Flash Forward Winners and Honourable Mentions will have their work published in the catalogue that chronicles the annual juried competition.

The Flash Forward group show, made up of a selection of photographs from the accompanying annual catalogue, will travel from Toronto to Boston and other places to be announced.

Jurors

  • Canada
    • Julien Beaupré Ste-Marie, Managing Editor / Books & Exhibitions, The Magenta Foundation
    • Erin Elder, Manager, Business Development & Partnerships, The Globe and Mail
    • Eva Michon, Co-founder & Editor of Bad Day magazine
  • United Kingdom
    • Rebecca McClelland, Group Photography Editor & Creative Director, Ian Parry Scholarship
    • Gemma Barnett, Print Sales Manager, The Photographers’ Gallery
    • Cheryl Newman, Photography Director, Telegraph Magazine
  • United States
    • David Alexander Arnold, Photo Editor, Travel + Leisure
    • Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator and Writer, L’Oeil de la Photographie
    • Emily Keegin, Photography and Art Director
    • Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
    • Divya Rao Heffley, Program Manager, Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art
    • Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries; Co-Founder, Photoville
    • Alyssa Coppelman, Independent Photo Editor
    • Meg Handler, Editor-at-Large, BagNews
    • Kate Gilbert, Independent Public Art Curator
    • Julie Grahame, Editor and Publisher, aCurator
  • Invited International Jurors
    • Mauro Bedoni, Photo Editor, COLORS magazine
    • Raphaëlle Stopin, Curator, Writer; Photography Art Director, International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Hyères, France.”

 For the full prospectus and to submit visit: magentafoundation.org/flash- forward.

 

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