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Member's Competitions
A listing of photographic opportunities.

Deadline: August 31, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Bastrop's 2nd Annual Photography Competition
Sponsor: Bastrop Fine Art Guild

Six photographers will be awarded and featured for one year in an online gallery through Bastrop Fine Arts Website. There is an open theme for photographers 18 and older with a $30 submission fee. All processes of photography acceptable.

For more information and to enter, click here.

Deadline: September 1, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography
Sponsor: Shpilman Institute for Photography

In 2010 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (IMJ) proudly announced the creation of the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography, awarded every second year. This new prize was initiated In recognition of photography as a leading contemporary cultural medium, by the Shpilman family and the Shpilman Institute for Photography together with the Israel Museum, with the joint objective of cultivating original work in the field of photography.

The prize, in the amount of $ 45,000, is awarded once every two years based on the review and decision of an international jury comprised of five acclaimed professionals..

For more information and to enter and application, click here.

Deadline: September 1, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Amateur and Professional Photographers
Title: Smitty's Pick Photo Contest
Sponsor: Texas Photo Festival

Submit photos in any of the following eight categories and become one of Smitty’s favorite photographers. All submissions should be images from Smithville, Texas and the surrounding area. Winners will be announced and featured at the Texas Photo Festival in October.

Categories include: FOOD & DRINK - Your favorite Smithville Restaurant, including meals. SHOPPING - Where is your favorite place to shop in town? What do you buy? Where do you get your services from? LOCAL LODGING - Ways and places to relax and sleep in town. CULTURAL- Any of the arts within the community- in all forms and mediums. FILM - Filming in the area, filming locations, your experiences with filming in Smithville. ICONIC - When you see Smithville, what do you see? THINGS TO DO - Smithville parks, festivals, events, parades, sporting activities, or YOUR favorite thing to do in Smithville, including your favorite places to be! HISTORIC - Anything historic, including the gorgeous architecture throughout our community. Check out our downtown and neighborhoods.

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: September 3, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Mirror;Mirror; The New Self Portrait
Sponsor: Darkroom Gallery

The self-portrait has been a popular form of expression ever since we first saw our own reflection. Like Narcissus, it's often the case that we need not look beyond the tip of our own nose for a muse worth capturing.Since the fifteenth century and the advent of the mirror artists have modeled for themselves in their own works of art. Whether it is an in-depth exploration of the artist's own psyche or simply because as a model, the artist is clearly the cheapest and most available. Whatever the reason, nearly every artist, in every medium artists have attempted this exploration of self.

Show us your most creative self-portraits, ones that capture your true essence. Or your multitude of alter egos. In this age of self promotion and moment-by-moment self curation, the "selfie" is becoming a honed craft. We are interested in how this trend interacts with contemporary photography.

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: September 15, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All New Orleans Photo Members
Title: Currents 2014: NOPA Members Showcase
Sponsor: New Orleans Photo Alliance

New Orleans Photo Alliance members are invited to submit work for consideration in CURRENTS 2014, which will be on display at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during PhotoNOLA 2014. This annual exhibition is designed to highlight the diverse contemporary work being created by NOPA members. The 2014 show will include work by as many as fifteen Alliance members, featuring several images by each selected photographer Show juried by Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography at the Harry Ranson Center.

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: September 15, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Fauna
Sponsor: Photo Alliance

PhotoAlliance invites entries for Fauna, a photographic competition and exhibition, juried by internally renowned artist William Wegman.

Wild or domesticated, we share the world with animals. For some, as a source of inspiration, delight or companionship and for othersas something else entirely.
Whatever the connection, a broad range of interpretations in photography is invited for entry, including documentary, expressive or experimental.  Submissions may be depicted in any style and represent any species, whether real or of the imagination.

Selected works will exhibited at Smith Andersen North Gallery from October 25th thru November 20th, 2014 and Best of Show' winner will be awarded a full scholarship to the PhotoAlliance 2015 Our World Portfolio Review in San Francisco. 

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: September 15, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All North American Photographers
Title: 2014 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography
Sponsor: Documentary Studies at Duke University

The prestigious biennial prize is awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Honickman Foundation. Sandra S. Phillips, senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is this year's prize judge; Joshua Chuang, chief curator of the Center for Creative Photography, is selection panel judge.  

The competition is open to North American photographers who have never had a book-length publication, and honors work that is visually compelling, that bears witness, and that has integrity of purpose. Winners receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, inclusion in an online exhibition of prizewinners, and a solo exhibition at CDS; photographs are then placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Library.

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: September 17, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Water
Sponsor: Santa Fe Workshops

In honor of their 25th Anniversary, Santa Fe Workshops is giving Four Grand Prizes and 5% of WATER proceeds go to the Artists of the World fund for clean, safe drinking water! The four categories include Landscape, Portrait, Documentary, and Abstract. In color or in black-and-white, using tools that range from digital and film cameras to alternative processes, to iPhones — what does WATER mean to you?

To view the panel of jurors and to enter, click here.

Deadline: October 1, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Far Away Places
Sponsor: Darkroom Gallery

For this exhibit, Dakrroom Gallery is calling for images that deftly define locations all their own. Far away can easily be a close by locale, but reinterpreted in a way to feel exotic. From the far corners of your backyard to the far away country it takes weeks to traverse to, we want to see where you end up when you go "far away".

Travel the world and capture the many communities, landscapes and cityscapes that make up this planet. From barren deserts to icebergs floating in the sea the natural environs are numerous, then take into account the human societies continually evolving in these latitudes: from bustling metropolises to single room dwellings. And what of the anthropological side of things? How do the multitudes of communities forge their lives? What is the underlying current that makes each tick? The rituals that make up a culture's daily schedule defined by the colors, materials and textures: the sensual complexities of a community. Photography has been documenting this world, with it's melting pot of people and places, since the advent of the art-form. Travel photography allows us to go places and see sights without ever leaving the comfort of our own armchairs.

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: October 3, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of People and Places of the World's Dry Lands
Sponsor: Texas Tech University

Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work reflecting the dry lands theme of this annual juried exhibition The choice of subject (be it animal, vegetable, or mineral) is up to the photographer, but the shot must have been taken in an arid or semiarid region. Approximately 75 images will be selected for exhibition and shown at the galleries of Texas Tech University's International Cultural Center from November 21, 2014 to January 16, 2015. Reception will be held on December 5, 2014 from 5p-7p. Awards are $600 for first place, $300 for second, and $150 for third.

Juror for "High and Dry" will be Jean Caslin (Vice President for TPS and Partner at Caslin Gregory & Associates, Houston). Entry fee: $6.00 per image, 5 image maximum

Click Here for Complete Details.

Deadline: October 5, 2014
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: The Perpetual Instant
Sponsor: New Orleans Photo Alliance

Every creative act is a sudden cessation of stupidity.' - Edwin Land

With the invention of instant photography the visual landscape took a giant leap forward. The photographer could now have a print of what was, just moments ago, a vague idea. To celebrate the instant photograph The New Orleans Photo Alliance, in partnership with Zeitgeist Theater, is seeking work created utilizing instant materials for an exhibition at the Zeitgeist Theatre gallery during December 2014 (PhotoNOLA 2014).

The juror is Grant Hamilton, director of TIME ZERO, a film about the demise of Polaroid and the resurgence of instant photography via The Impossible Project. During the run of the exhibition Zeitgeist will screen Mr. Hamilton's film and there will be a workshop showcasing the new Impossible Instant Lab.

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 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.


Last updated: August 12, 2014

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