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Photography regional, national and international competitions

Member's Competitions
A listing of photographic opportunities.

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: In Bloom
Sponsor: Center for Creative Connections

Autumn is around the corner so we need your help to make the Center for Creative Connections bloom. In conjunction with the Dallas Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse, submit your floral photos and videos to our Flickr Group, DMA In Bloom.  
You must first create your own personal Flickr account and feel free to submit multiple photos. It is their intention to include all images; however, the DMA staff reserves the right to omit submissions that are inappropriate in nature.

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: October 17, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All 3D and 2D Artists
Title: Call for Artwork: The People's Gallery
Sponsor: The People's Gallery, Austin, Texas

The City of Austin is proud to present the People's Gallery at City Hall. This free, annual exhibition is designed to showcase regional artists and to encourage public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. An opening reception kicks-off the new exhibit each year in February and the exhibit remains on display for one year. You can vote for The People's Choice, an artwork that will be purchased from the artist (if available) and added to the City Hall permanent collection.

The City of Austin seeks 2- and 3- dimensional artworks in any medium by Austin-area visual artists, galleries, or visual arts organizations for the 2015 People's Gallery Exhibition, running February 27, 2015 - January 8, 2016. All artists must submit their application online at by October 17, 2014.

Deadline: October 19, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Visual Storytelling Awards 2014
Sponsor: Lensculture

This is an international call to discover the best visual storytellers today — from all corners of the world! You are invited to enter in five categories of storytelling: Documentary, Photojournalism, Personal Stories, Fictional Narrative and an Open Category. Five Grand Prize Winners (one for each category) and 20 Finalists will be selected.

Lensculture competitions are designed to provide influential worldwide exposure for talented photographers: Selected winning photographers will have international screenings of their work presented at festivals, exhibitions, and events attracting hundreds of curators, collectors, publishers and photography professionals from around the world.
The extensive list of carefully selected LensCulture Insiders will be able to review the winners' work in a museum-quality printed catalog, as well as through direct access on LensCulture, where they can view all of the top-rated photographers.
Every day, selected entrants are chosen by LensCulture's editors for publication and recognition. We post these photos to our Competition Gallery and social media channels, reaching a global audience of over 700,000.

For more information on jurors and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: October 20, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Kids (Not Cute)
Sponsor: Umbrella Arts in NYC

Conceived and juried by Harvey Stein, Director of Photography, Umbrella Arts; photographer, educator, author, curator

We want to see your photographs of KIDS (NOT CUTE). We define KIDS as any human being from the age of 5 to 12 years (yes, somewhat arbitrary but we have to start and end somewhere that is somewhat logical). Any format, any camera, any style is fine. We are seeking images of KIDS that are a bit unusual and out of the ordinary, not the conventionally cute and sentimental images that are often seen. The photographs can be amusing, interesting, sad, frank and biting. The tone can convey an appreciation for the joys and difficulties experienced by KIDS in the essentially absurd predicament of growing into an adult world. KIDS pictured in environments from home to zoo, from city streets to rural and suburban places, from the neighborhood to the ends of the earth, with or without their fellow man or KIDS are all sought.

The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop. - Mark Twain

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: October 27, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: 14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photo Exhibition
Sponsor: Texas Women's University

Established in 2001 and organized by the graduate photography students at Texas Woman’s University and the Photographic Artsit’s Coalition (a student-run photography organization), the annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue for the exhibition of artistic expression as seen through the eye of the camera. Photographers from throughout the United States are invited to submit entries for the exhibition. The exhibition will be on view to the public at the Texas Woman’s University Fine Arts Gallery February 11 through March 13, 2015.

April Watson is Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, is the juror. For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: October 29, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Dreams and Hallucinations
Sponsor: Darkroom Gallery

Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that skirt your subterranean world; dreamlike scenes with nonsensical subjects and/or multi-layered meanings. From jubilant, ethereal dreams to dark hallucinations, the subconscious can guide us in making powerful works or art.
Juror: Russell Joslin.
Russell Joslin has been the Editor & Publisher of SHOTS Magazine the past fourteen years. SHOTS is an independent, reader-supported quarterly journal of fine art photography that reaches an international audience. Joslin is also the author of Black Forest: Four Visible Poems, due this November from Candela Books. Black Forestdemonstrates his distinct editing style, with a special emphasis on sequence and narrative tone.

In addition to his publishing background, Joslin has exhibited his photographs in many galleries and publications worldwide for some twenty years. Most recently, his photographs were featured in EYEMAZING (2012) and at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2013). Joslin lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: November 3, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Marvelous Things: The Art of Still Life
Sponsor: PhotoPlace Gallery

Still life is one of the great traditional art forms. Its roots in photography go back to the earliest days of the medium, and its modern practitioners include many of the 19th and 20th Century photographic masters. You are invited to share some of your still life work for the PhotoPlace Gallery exhibition, Marvelous Things.

We could not be more pleased that Aline Smithson will be the juror for this exhibition. She will select 40 photographs for exhibition on the walls of PhotoPlace Gallery and on the gallery website. An additional 35 images will be chosen for the On-Line Gallery Annex. All 75 photographs will be reproduced in an exhibition catalog.

Marvelous Things will be exhibited at PhotoPlace Gallery from January 13 through February 6, 2015. Submission fee: $30 for five photographs, $7 for each additional photograph.

For more information and to enter, click here.

Deadline: November 26, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Con[text]: Word & Image
Sponsor: Darkroom Gallery

They say, "a picture is worth 1000 words". For Con[text, Darkroom examines the relationships between text and image.

Combining written word with images has a long history in art. Medieval manuscripts in Christian Europe are interlaced with pictures that exist in a rhetorical relationship with the written text to create layered meaning and verbal or visual puns. William Blake, eighteenth century British poet, published books of his writing with his own illustrations and quickly learned that the synthesis evoked meanings beyond the power of words or pictures alone. Dadaists in early twentieth century Europe combined fragments of found text with appropriated photographic images to open alternative, sometimes irrational, paths of communication they felt were missing from art itself.

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photographs that spell it out: images that utilize written language to get across meaning, add visual value and/or compositional balance. Even those images that have letters hidden or barely noticeable within them, for one to subconsciously read and process. From street signs to handwriting to collaged compositions all words, symbols & languages that read. For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: November 30, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: AX3: 2014 Photography Competition
Sponsor: American Aperture Awards

The AX3 – American Aperture Awards are an international open call for photography possessing uncommon vision. This opportunity is open to photographers of all backgrounds who capture images that make the unknowable known. Our goal is to celebrate the most iconic photos taken by new and emerging talent, as well as professionals, from around the world and award their photographic insights.

Recognizing photos that captivate us also free us to identify our desires, we invite ALL types of photographers — professional, non-professional/amateur, student and mobile photography— in the following categories: Abstract, Advertising, Architecture/Cityscape, Collage, Documentary, Experimental, Fashion, Landscape/Seascape/Nature, Nudes, People/Portraits, Political, Photojournalism, Still Life, Street Photography, Video/Moving Images.

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: January 15, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: PhotoStream
Sponsor: Texas Rural Water Foundation

The Texas Rural Water Foundation (TRWF) and Texas Rural Water Association (TRWA) are proud to support the utilities that provide rural Texas’ drinking water and wastewater services. Our unique programs address utilities’ widespread needs, from training to program development to funding assistance and emergency response. As part of our continuous efforts to shine a spotlight on the past, present and future of rural water, we need your help. 

Ask yourself: what do you see when you look at the utility responsible for your drinking water or wastewater treatment? What are the visible effects of – and responses to – drought and water conservation in your region? Do you have any historical images representing how far we have come from the days of hand pumps and buckets? Categories include:

  • Rural Texas Water: A general category for images representing the rural water and wastewater utility industry

  • Water Infrastructure: Images of the technology that drives water utilities

  • Water Conservation and Drought: Images of the many impacts of drought, as well as the water conservation measures developed in response

  • Rural Water History: Images of historically significant artifacts, and/or scanned historical images depicting the history of Texas’ early rural water systems

For more information and how to enter, click here.


Last updated: October 15, 2014

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