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Deadline April 3rd: Kassel Dummy Award

Kassel Dummy Award 2018
Deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Fee: 36 € per entry and book

One attraction of the FOTOBOOKFESTIVAL KASSEL is the dummy competition for the best unpublished photobook mock-up. Together with our cooperation partner VERLAG KETTLER, the festival invites all photographers worldwide to take part. The awards are:

  • 50 books will be selected for the shortlist and exhibited in Kassel and at other international photo events.
  • 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury.
    • First Prize will be produced and published by Kettler, Germany.
    • Second and Third Prize is a book production voucher given by our partner k-books, who specializes in high-quality book productions in small quantities.

The three winners will be chosen by a world-class jury on Saturday 2nd June in Kassel. The 2018 Final Jury members:

  • Valentina ABENAVOLI, Photographer and co-founder of Akina Books, Istanbul
  • Morten ANDERSEN, Photographer, Oslo
  • Pierre BESSARD, Founder of Editions Bessard, Paris
  • JH ENGSTRÖM, Photographer, Värmland / Paris
  • Dana LIXENBERG, Photographer, Amsterdam / New York
  • Susan MEISELAS, Photographer, Magnum Photos, New York
  • Corinne NOORDENBOS, Photographer and Educator, Amsterdam
  • Andrea SCHMIDT, Art Historian and Publishing Director at Verlag Kettler, Dortmund
  • Salvatore VITALE, Photographer and Editor in Chief of YET Magazine, Lausanne / Lugano”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit:

Deadline May 15th: Dorthea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Call for Submissions: Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize
Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Fee: $70

“First announced in 1990, the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize was created by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. In 1941 Lange and Taylor published An American Exodus, a book that renders human experience eloquently in text and images and remains a seminal work in documentary studies.

In 2011, in recognition of the changing environment in which documentary artists conduct their work, we reframed the prize guidelines. The Lange-Taylor Prize is now intended to support artists, working alone or in teams, who have undertaken extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that fully exploit the relationship of words and images in the powerful, persuasive representation of a subject. (The prize is not awarded for completed projects, to artists who are seeking funds to produce a book, exhibit, website, or other outcomes.)

The winner receives $10,000, features in Center for Documentary Studies’ digital publications, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

The Lange-Taylor Prize is open to documentary artists of any age and nationality who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work. Single artists as well as collaborative teams are eligible.

Submission Guidelines
Applicants upload portfolio and submit payment online to


Applicants may submit a portfolio of any combination of the below, for a maximum of 20 uploads:
    • Up to 19 images (photographs/graphics + text) in digital format from an ongoing project (jpg/pdf). Please label images with captions, to include title, year, format.
    • Up to 15-pages of double-spaced writing (edited oral history, descriptive narrative, poetry) from an ongoing project in pdf format. Please include name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page.
    • Up to 10 minutes total of time-based media (whether audio, narrated slide show, video) (mp3/mp4/mov) from an ongoing project. Please label uploads with title, year, format. SlideRoom can also accept links to YouTube/Vimeo.
  •  1-page project description (pdf). Please provide context for the material you are submitting—the nature, duration, and future of the project, where and when the submitted work was made, and your ultimate intentions for the work. How will winning the Lange-Taylor Prize further your work on this project?
  • 1-page statement (pdf) that addresses the use and relationship of words and images in your work. If your project combines audio recordings, text, photographs, and video, for instance, please submit a sample of each and address how these elements “rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation” of your work. How is this interplay advantageous in fulfilling the goals of your documentary project?
  • 1-page biography or C.V. for each project partner (pdf).”

For the full prospectus visit:

Deadline March 7th: 2018 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Call for Submissions: 2018 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography
Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018 Deadline Extended to Wednesday, March 7, 2018

“The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in short-form documentary photography and writing in alternating years: one year, photos; one year, writing. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to twenty pages of writing.

The upcoming prize competition will be for photography. The winner of the competition receives $3,000 and a feature story in the Center for Documentary Studies’ digital publications. The winner’s work is also placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Submission Requirements

  • 15 photographs in digital format (jpeg/jpg)
    Please label scans with title, year, and format.
  • 1-page statement in pdf format
    Please provide context for the photographic essay you are submitting, including the duration of your project and whether it is completed or ongoing. Describe your intentions for the work. Also, if some of your images have been published together in essay form, please include information about where and when they appeared and how the essay as submitted for the competition is different (or not).
  • 1-page biography or C.V. in pdf format
  • $40 entry fee
  • Upload work and submit payment online to from December 1, 2017, to March 1, 2018.”

Upcoming January Deadlines: Aperture Portfolio Prize / CatchLight Fellowship / NY Portfolio Reviews

Aperture Portfolio Prize
Deadline Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“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 first-prize winner will be featured in Aperture Magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize and an exhibition in New York.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit:

2018 CatchtLight Fellowship
Deadline Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“CatchLight exists because we believe in the power of visual storytelling to drive social change. In an increasingly divided landscape, there has never been a better time to bind our world together with empathy and compassion. A CatchLight Fellowship serves as an incubator — a space to receive financial support, unlock individual potential, and leverage partnerships. We are seeking storytellers who use art as a catalyst to spark new conversations, and whose work is poised to be significantly amplified by collaboration, mentorship, and networking.

For the full prospectus and to apply visit:

2018 New York Portfolio Review
Deadline Thursday, January 25, 2018

“Since we believe that only the quality of your work should matter — not who you know, how much money you have or your race, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation, we are again bringing together 160 talented photographers with 75 top photo editors, publishers, video producers, gallery owners and curators on April 21st and 22nd.

Applications are now open for the free (yes, free) sixth annual New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by The New York Times Lens blog, the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and United Photo Industries. Participation is open to anyone over 18 years, and all types of photography will be considered.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit:

Application Deadline January 25th for the New York Portfolio Review

January 25, 2018

Don’t miss the chance to share your work with this amazing group of Portfolio Reviewers at this FREE event in NYC this April. Competition is tough, but gather your work/words and apply by January 25th, 11:59 pm EST!

Deadline November 14th: The Print Center’s 92nd Annual International Competition

The Print Center
Call for Entries: 92nd Annual International Competition
Deadline: November 14, 2017, 11:59PM EST
Entry Fee: $45

“The Annual International Competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the United States. The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting local, national and international artists who utilize photography and printmaking in intriguing ways, both in content and process.

Any artist using Photography and/or Printmaking as critical components in their work can enter. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic and printmaking practices are encouraged to enter.

Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe
Keliy Anderson-Stale, Photographer

Any artist using photography and/or printmaking as critical components in their work can enter. Work submitted must have been completed in the last three years. Up to five images may be submitted and only one submission per person is allowed.

Accepted formats:
Images: Up to 5 MB/each: jpg, png, gif
Videos: Up to 250 MB/each: mov, wmv, flv, mp4

Each uploaded file must be labeled with Title, Date, Medium (e.g. etching, inkjet, gelatin silver, lithograph) and Size (paper size, video duration or installation size).

Awards + Prizes
Three solo exhibitions at The Print Center to be held May – August 2018; inclusion in online exhibition of portfolios; The Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award; Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons Circle Purchase Prize; and over $2,000 in other purchase, cash and material prizes, including a new prize from the Awagami Factory, Japan.

  • Online Exhibition
    An online exhibition of the Finalists and Semifinalists selected by the jurors will be mounted on The Print Center’s website. This will be comprised of the images submitted to Slideroom by those artists as part of their application, as well as biographical information and links to the artists’ own websites. Finalists will have more extensive entries on the site, including additional images (Finalists will be contacted by The Print Center to obtain additional information and images).
  • Solo Exhibitions
    Three artists will be selected from the Finalists to receive solo exhibitions May – August 2018 at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA. These artists will receive a $200 honorarium (pending funding, especially for international artists, this amount could be larger). Artists are responsible for delivering or shipping their work to and from The Print Center and all related costs, including framing when appropriate. The Print Center will install and de-install work and promote the exhibitions through a press release, mailed announcement cards, website, email newsletter and other social media outlets.
  • The Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
    Selected by the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one work will be accessioned into the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection.
  • Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons Circle Purchase Prize
    Selected by the Curatorial Department of the Michener Art Museum, one photograph by an American artist will be accessioned into the Museum’s Permanent Collection, with a preference for photography representing the Mid-Atlantic region.”

For the complete prospectus and to enter visit:

Deadline September 15th: The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2017

Paris Photo | Aperture Foundation
Call for Entries: Photobook Awards 2017

Deadline (entries received by): Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00 noon EST

The First PhotoBook Prize
A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) whose first finished, publicly available photobook is judged to be the best of the year. Twenty books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the Jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

Fee for First PhotoBook: $30 per book.

The PhotoBook of the Year Prize
This prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s), and publisher responsible, for the photobook judged to be the best of the year. Ten books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the Jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

Fee for PhotoBook of the Year: $60 for first entry from a given publisher, $30 for each subsequent entry from the same publisher.

The Photography Catalogue of the Year Prize
Awarded to the publication, publisher, and/or organizing institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of the year. Five books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the Jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

The shortlisted books, accompanied by the jury’s comments, will be featured in the fall 2017 edition of The PhotoBook Review issue 013 (published by Aperture Foundation), to be released at Paris Photo.

Fee for Photography Catalogue of the Year: $60 for first entry from a given publisher, $30 for each subsequent entry from the same publisher.


  • Book title, year of publication, and publisher information
  • A short description / summary of the book and why it’s being submitted that particular category
  • The photographer or author’s name, as well as the designer and editor’s names
  • Book dimensions (in inches and centimeters), number of pages, the edition number or print run
  • A short description of where the book is sold.

For details on how to enter, judging criteria, past winners, and more visit:

Registration for PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews opens THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 10 a.m. CDT

First-come, first-served: Registration for The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s 2017 PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews opens next Thursday, September 7th at 10:00 a.m. CENTRAL TIME and typically all 70 spaces sell out in less than 5 minutes. Don’t oversleep…  Full details on the PhotoNOLA Festival website:

DEADLINE July 14th, Midnight EDT: Aaron Siskind Foundation IFP Grant

From the ASF website: “The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense.

The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.”

The entry fee for this grant is $20USD. Applications must be submitted through the Slideroom application portal.

For more information:


June 22, 2017
6:00 pm

TPS National Photography Award: CASH AWARD/EXHIBITION

Entries due June 26, 2017 (midnight MST); info and submit

JURORS: Martina Lopez, Professor of Photography, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana and Andrew Kensett, Assistant Curator, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

Texas Photographic Society is delighted to announce a new award program for artists residing in the United States who have a consistent body of photographic work. The recipient will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize; a solo exhibition at Red Maple Gallery, a new Participating Space in the Museum District during FotoFest 2018 in Houston, Texas; a solo exhibition at LHUCA in Lubbock, Texas; and international exposure in the photo community! This call is open to all subject matter, aesthetic approaches, and photographic processes. Two-dimensional work is preferred, and submissions from artists of all levels are encouraged.  

Submit Your Entry via CaFÉ™

Awards & Recognition
• $2,000 cash prize
• Solo exhibition at Red Maple Gallery for FotoFest 2018 in Houston, TX
• Solo exhibition at LHUCA (Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts) in Lubbock, TX
• The exhibition will be available to travel to other venues in Texas and beyond
• One page in the FotoFest 2018 Participating Spaces exhibition catalog
• Printed exhibition postcards for the FotoFest 2018 Meeting Place reviewers’ bags
• International visibility via the FotoFest 2018 catalog, website, and promotional materials
• Jurors may select up to 10 “Finalists,” providing additional recognition to entrants


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