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Deadline March 7th: “Emerging Photographer” Summer 2016 Issue

Emerging Photographer
Call for Submissions: Summer 2016 Issue

Deadline: Monday, March 7, 2016
Fee: $20 per series (3-10 images)

Emerging Photographer is a submission-based magazine, showcasing the work of up-and-coming photographers with around five years or less of professional experience. Submissions are now open for the Summer 2016 issue.

We are looking for photographers with a fresh perspective, compelling imagery and an insatiable drive to make an impact within the photography community. The featured photographers will be selected by the editors of Emerging Photographer, PDN and Rf, and their work will appear in the print issue and in a digital edition on issuu.com.

Emerging Photographer is distributed to art buyers, photo editors and creative directors. It has also been distributed at various galleries, Photo LA, PDN‘s 30 events and MOPLA, and exhibited at a pop-up exhibition at MOPLA last summer. This issue, select photographers will have the opportunity to sell prints of their work through CoEdit Collection, an online gallery and space for artists to share their images and ideas with a larger audience. We are always looking for new opportunities for the next group of selected photographers.


  • Travel/Landscape
  • Fine Art
  • Documentary
  • Portrait/Fashion


  • A feature in Emerging Photographer magazine.
  • Print distribution to a targeted list of 8,000 industry creatives, plus additional distribution at major photography festivals and events.
  • Online promotion to PDN‘s network of 200k followers.
  • Selected photographers will have the opportunity to consult with and sell their winning series through CoEdit Collection.”

For the full prospectus and to submit visit https://emerging.pdncontests.com.

Extended Deadline February 24th: PDN Photo Annual

Photo District News
Call for Entries: PDN Photo Annual 2016
Extended Deadline: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer, has been covering the professional photographic industry for more than 30 years.

In addition to special award of monetary value, the PDN Photo Annual provides entrants with immeasurable exposure in the industry.  The competition is consistently acknowledged in Photoshelter’s guide to photography contests for its recognition among photo editors and buyers.  Winners’ galleries are published in PDN with additional print distribution to influential creatives looking for new and established talent.  The PDN Photo Annual has a reputation for prestige and value.

All photographer’s retain their copyright.  Winning work will only published in the print and online winners’ gallery and in promotion related to PDN Photo Annual.

Competition Prizes

  1. The $15,000 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture
    The Arnold Newman Prize was established by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation in 2009 to recognize and reward excellence in new directions in photographic portraiture. The annual prize winner receives an award of $15,000 and is recognized in ceremonies in New York and at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. The prize is funded by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation with support from Maine Media Workshops, the American Society of Media Photographers, and PDN.
    The prize winner is determined through a two-step process; the first being the submission of work to the PDN Photo Annual competition. Finalists are chosen from the initial submissions and are invited to submit a portfolio of prints and a proposal for a new photographic project. The award money will provide financial support to the winner to complete the photographic project.
  2. The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund $4,000 Professional and $2,000 Student Awards
    The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund is sponsored by Parsons The New School for Design and PDN. This award recognizes students and emerging professionals who have outstanding achievements in humanistic photography.
  3. The $2,500 Sony Emerging Talent Award
    The Sony Emerging Talent Award will award an exceptional up-and-coming photographer with a $2,500 cash prize. This year, Sony, in partnership with PHaT Photo and PDN, will offer the winner the opportunity to create a photo essay illustrating the theme “Rediscover Your City” with Sony’s PlayMemories apps, which will be showcased at the PDN Photo Annual Party and featured in a spread in PDN and PHaT Photo.
  4. The $3,000 PDN Publisher’s Choice Award
    The PDN Publisher’s Choice Award can be awarded to any winner of the PDN Photo Annual. The selected photographer will also receive a one-page profile in an issue of PDN.


    Advertising is open to all commissioned advertising campaigns. Personal advertising concepts should be entered in the Personal category. Corporate Work includes projects such as annual reports, catalogs, calendars, promotional stills for motion pictures, marketing work and non-profit commissions for corporate brands. Advertisements with design layouts must be approved by the agency for contest submission.
    Open to all commissioned magazine and editorial work. Personal work in the style of editorial photography should be entered in the Personal category. Please do not submit tear sheets.
    Mail-in entry and digital upload required. Please see the FAQ “Are mail-in entries allowed?” for mail-in information. Self-published books are welcome. Series entry only (for uploading a selection of layouts + cover)
    Open to all published photojournalism and documentary projects, in addition to personal documentary projects.
    Sports is open to all types of sports and action imagery.
    Self-promo is open to online and print promotions, as well as photography website design. Please select single entries for screenshots of websites (judges will visit your URL). For multi-page print promos, please select series entry to upload multiple layouts—there is NO mail-in entry available.
    Open to all personal photography projects.
    All stock submissions must be currently licensed by stock agencies and approved by the agency for contest submission.
    Videos, short films and multimedia presentations must be hosted on a third-party site, such as Vimeo; entries will include a URL to the work. Single entry only.
    The student category is open to all types of still photography produced at an undergraduate or graduate level (must be 18 or older to enter). Recent graduates may submit work produced before graduation, permitting it was created betweenFebruary 2015–Feburary 2016.

Entry Fees

  • Professional: Single Image $60 | Series, 2–6 images $70.
  • Student: Single Image / Series $35.
  • Extended deadline entries add a $10 per entry late fee.
  • 30% discount with PHOTO+ membership.”

For the full prospectus and to enter visit: https://www.pdnphotoannual.com.

Deadline August 11th: Acuity Press “Street Photography 2015”

Acuity Press
Call for Entries: Street Photography 2015
Deadline: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM PDT
Fee: $35 for 6 images

Street Photography 2015 was established to recognize a segment of photography that is often explored historically but rarely recognized as an important catalog of social currency and circumstance.

The competition will result in a photo book that honors the tradition of street photography in today’s world. Being published in a book is a benchmark for many in their photographic career. It is a medium through which the public can gain a nuanced understanding of the artists’ work and a collective theme, and the book’s physical presence allows it to be added to longstanding collections of such work.

Round 1 – Photographers: Eric Kim, John Free, Matt Stuart, Daniel Arnold, and Ken Schles.
Round 2 – Curator, author and educator Colin Westerbeck.

Mobil Phone, Social Circumstance, Portrait / People, Street Fashion, Urban Landscape, Urban Culture, Day / Night.”

For the full prospectus and to submit, visit: www.streetphotography2015.com/index.shtml.

Deadline April 9: 2015 PDN Curator Fine Art Contest

2015 PDN Curator Fine Art Contest
Deadline: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Fee: $55 for single and series (2 to 6 images)*
* Please note that a series must be visually related and is limited to six images.

“Six winners will be selected to exhibit their fine-art photography in a group show with an opening reception this summer in New York City. The Curator exhibition has previously been hosted by Industria Superstudio, Industrial Color and Milk Studios.

The winners will also be published in a gallery in the July issue of PDN and an extended online gallery and will receive:


  • Brian Clamp, Director, ClampArt
  • Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries
  • Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor, Vice Media
  • Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director, PCNW, Founder, Minor Matters Books
  • Deborah Willis, Professor, Photographer and Curator

For the full prospectus and to submit visit: www.pdncuratorawards.com.

Deadline April 15th: The FENCE 2013 at Photoville

Call for entries: The FENCE 2013 at Photoville
Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2013
Fee: $35 per series (6 images)

United Photo Industries, Photo District News (PDN), and Brooklyn Bridge Park welcome their newest partner, Flash Forward Festival, as they once again join forces to curate and produce THE FENCE 2013 – the annual summer-long outdoor photo exhibition that drew over 1 million visitors during its 10 week run at Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2012.Photographers of all levels are invited to submit their best image series that capture the essence of “community” and fit into one or more of the competition categories: HOME, STREETS, PEOPLE, CREATURES, PLAY.

All images will be considered by an internationally renowned jury and resulting images will make up THE FENCE, which is expanding this year to a new city – creating TWO public photography installations!

In addition to our 1000ft long photographic installation displayed in Brooklyn Bridge Park in NYC, we are partnering with Boston’s Flash Forward Festival, to produce a special curated version of THE FENCE, displayed along the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston – offering even more opportunities for visibility for all participating photographers.

Click here for a detailed list of this year’s jurors.

Submission Guidelines
Amateurs and Professionals.  To enter electronically, please visit fence.photovillenyc.org to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Simply log onto the website and follow the online instructions to upload images from your computer. Images formatted in JPEG or TIFF measuring 1,200 pixels on their long dimension are preferred. Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed. For more information on electronic submission guidelines see our FAQ.”

Deadline Extended to May 10th: PDN The Great Outdoors Photography Competition

The Great Outdoors Photography Competition
Deadline: Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm EDT
Fee: $45 for professionals | $22 for amateurs for each image

Jeff Divine, Photo Editor, The Surfer’s Journal
Lila Garnett, Photo Editor, Audubon Magazine
Sandra Cheung, Art Director, Outdoor Canada
Dave Reddick, Photo Editor, Powder Magazine


  • One professional grand prize winner will receive a one-week photography workshop of their choice at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. ($2,200)
  • One amateur grand prize winner will receive a MatadorU full curriculum Photography Course and one year of MatadorAccess.
  • Eight professional and amateur first-place winners will each receive a $100 Adorama gift certificate and a $100 Canson Infinity gift certificate.
  • All professional first-place winners will receive a PhotoServe.com portfolio ($860 value).
  • All amateur first-place winners will receive one year of MatadorAccess.
  • All first-place winners will receive Nikon Coolpix AW100 Digital Camera .
  • Winning images will be featured in PDN’s August issue which has an additional print circulation to 5,000 photography industry creatives!
  • Winning images be printed and displayed at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show August 2-5, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The gallery will be on display for the event’s 21,000 attendees which includes 1,000 outdoor brand representatives and related media players. PDN’s Outdoor Photo Expo, a new trade show celebrating travel and location photography, is held nearby in Salt Lake City August 1-4, 2012. Winning images may be viewed by attendees of both trade shows-this is the world’s largest gathering of it’s kind!

Click here for the rules.  Click here to submit to the contest.

Deadline February 29th: Hope for a Healthy World Photo Competition

Hope for a Healthy World Photo Competition
Deadline: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Entry fee: None

The Hope for a Healthy World Photo Competition gives photographers the opportunity to win cash prizes and have their work recognized at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in 2012, as well as on the website pdnonline.com.  This juried competition is sponsored by BD, a medical technology company dedicated to improving people’s health throughout the world. BD relies on imagery to tell stories about a wide range of diseases in which its people, products and initiatives play a significant role.

David Griffin, Visuals Editor for the The Washington Post
Jon Jones, Photo Editor for the Sunday Times Magazine, UK
Laara Matsen, Photo Editor for D2 magazine
Kira Pollack, Director of Photography for TIME Magazine
Marcel Saba, Director of Redux Pictures

Prizes & Categories

  • Best Global Health Story: $5,000 Cash
  • Best Global Health Image: $2,500 Cash
  • Best Global Health Multimedia: $2,500 Cash

All Winners Will Receive:

  • PhotoServe Portfolio ($860 value)
  • 1 year subscription to PDN
  • 2012 PDN PhotoPlus Expo Gold Expo Pass
  • All-access Big Love Pass to the 2012 LOOK3 Festival

All winners’ work will become part of Hope for a Healthy World Photo Exhibition, a traveling Global Health exhibit sponsored by BD that will debut at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia June 7-9, 2012.  Also, all winners’ work will be placed in the contest gallery hosted on PDNonline.com and represented in the PDN Photo Annual, June 2012.

Click here to enter the contest.

Deadline March 24th: The CURATOR: The Search for Outstanding and Undiscovered Fine Art Photography

PDN Presents

The CURATOR:  The Search for Outstanding and Undiscovered Fine Art Photography

Deadline: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Entry Fees: $35 per image | $50 per series | additional $10 per image for late entries until April 7th
Entry is by online submission only.  Click here to enter.

Awards and Exposure
“Selected artists will receive a two page spread in a print gallery in PDN‘s July issue, which has an additional print distribution to 5,000 industry creatives. Winning images will also be displayed at Milk Gallery in New York City in 2011 and reproduced in a PDNonline.com gallery. Winners will also receive a $200 gift card from B&H and a Moab Chinle Ice Nine 12×12 portfolio kit plus a pack of refill pages.”

Brian Clamp

Ariel Shanberg
Executive Director
The Center of Photography at Woodstock

Jeff Dunas
Co-Founder and Director
The Palm Springs Photo Festival

Mazdack Rassi
Partner/Creative Director

Julie Grahame
Editor in Chief

Moab Master

March 14th, NYC: “Transition Strategies for Young Working Photographers”

School of Visual Arts
with PDN’s 30 2011, New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

Seminar:  Transition Strategies for Young Working Photographers
Monday, March 14, 2011
Seminar: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Reception: 8:00 – 9:00 pm

SVA Theatre  [map]
333 West 23rd Street
New York, New York 10001

Moderator: Holly Stuart Hughes, Editor, Photo District News
PDN’s 30 Photographers:  Rachel Barrett, Pari Dukovic, and Justine Reyes.


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