Cell Phone III Call for Entries
Moving past the Camera

Call for Entries

Camera phones are ubiquitous, and photographers continue to take full advantage of this tool as another device for digital image capturing and editing. The Texas Photographic Society is now accepting images taken with a cell phone camera for its latest competition, "Cell Phone Photography III: Moving Past the Camera" which is open to all levels of photographers internationally. Images must be captured with a cell phone camera and can only be manipulated with a cell phone application. NO Photoshop adjustments are permitted! Please submit your entries by Sunday, June 1, 2014. For more details, you may read below.

Calendar of Events

06-01-14 Entries due by email
06-21-14 Notification emailed to accepted entrants
06-23-14 Show opens on TPS website
08-01-14 Show closes


First Place: $250
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $100
Up to three Honorable Mentions may be awarded

Entry Fees

Entry fee is $25 for up to 8 images. If you also join or renew with TPS at the time of entry, you will save $10 or more on your membership fees!

New or renewal membership fees if purchased with contest entry:
Student/Military Member: $5, save $10
Senior Member: $15, save $10
Regular Member: $25, save $10
Print Program, $175, save $20!
You may make payment online at our secure online store or by mailing a check (payable to Texas Photographic Society) to P. O. Box 1924, Johnson City, TX 78636.

About the Juror:
Nate Larson, Artist & Professor of Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Mary Ellen MarkNate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. He holds an academic appointment at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and chaired the 2014 national conference of the Society for Photographic Education. His recent project GEOLOCATION, in collaboration with Marni Shindelman, tracks GPS coordinates associated with Twitter tweets and pairs the text with a photograph of the originating site to mark the virtual information in the real world.

They recently created site-specific public artworks for the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Public Art Commission, the Indianapolis International Airport, and the DUMBO Business Improvement District in NY. The project has received media attention from Wired Raw File, The Picture Show from NPR, Hyperallergic, Gizmodo, Vice Magazine, the New York Times Lens Blog, Utne Reader, Hotshoe Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, Marketplace Tech Report, The Washington Post, among others. GEOLOCATION is featured in the final issue of Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art.

To learn more about Larson's work, visit: www.natelarson.com.

Juror's Statement:

My art practice is like a laboratory: a place for formulating hypotheses, testing ideas, building evidence, concocting new approaches, and seeing how thoughts can be pushed into something real. My phone is a key part of the process and always with me. I use it for everything from quick photo "sketches," running a light meter app, connecting to social media to share the process and inspiration, and coordinating upcoming exhibitions or publications. The immediacy of the tool appeals to me - it's the camera that's always within arm's reach, even when out in the world. I watch other artists use it the same way and it excites me to see them unlock the potential of these new tools. I spend a lot of time thinking about the "unfixed" nature of the contemporary photograph - photographs are now more fluid than ever and touch our lives in more ways and ever increasing quantities. The wide reaching technology makes it all possible.

For this curatorial project, I'm eager to engage with images that explore immediacy, communication potential, interconnection, desire to share, and distribution networks. In other words, photographs that interrogate our cultural urgency to communicate.

Entry Requirements

To Send Entries by Email:

Label each file with consecutive numbers followed by your name, e.g., 1SamJones, 2SamJones. Also, from a networking standpoint, do not use spaces in the title of the JPEG (use underscores if needed) and limit to only alpha-numeric characters (do not use :.:'"/?}{()[ ]+-=*&^ %$#@!.).
Files should be no greater than 1000 pixels in the longest dimension and saved in JPEG format on the high quality setting (not maximum). Images should be saved at 72ppi in RGB or grayscale.
Attach the files to an email addressed to Shows@TexasPhoto.org. In the body of the email include for each image:
Image number, matching the label convention described above
Cell Phone model
Editing application, if any
Your contact information: Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, Telephone Number
State whether you will be paying by mailing a check or using our secure online form
TPS reserves the right to reject any any entry which does not comply with the above requirements

If Your Work is Accepted

Your work will be displayed on our website as part of the online exhibition during the dates indicated above. Also, an exhibition catalog will be created to showcase the selected works; copies will be available for purchase through www.blurb.com.


TPS retains the right to display, project, and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes only. Individual photographers still retain copyright to his/her own individual images.


"Cell Phone Photography III: Moving Past The Camera" is open to amateur and professional artists internationally. You do NOT have to be a TPS member to enter this competition; however, you may join TPS and enter this show at the same time. Works exhibited previously in a TPS show are not eligible, and all work must have been produced in the last five years. Entries must be submitted digitally. Current members of the TPS Board are permitted to enter, but are not eligible for awards.

If you have questions after reading all the guidelines, please contact Amy Holmes George at amy@texasphoto.org.

Texas Photographic Society (TPS) publishes and exhibits members' photographs in print, online and in photography exhibits thoughout the U.S. and Europe. TPS membership includes photographers ranging from students to dedicated professionals. Together, they share an enthusiasm and dedication to fine photography.

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