Current Call for Entry

FotoTexas: People, Places & Culture

We are pleased to announce a new themed call for entry, FotoTexas: People, Places & Culture, as well as support programming in collaboration with the Richland College Photography Department in Dallas, Texas. This call will be juried by Dan Burkholder, fine art photographer, author and educator based in Palenville, New York. FotoTexas seeks work produced in Texas and wishes to celebrate the rich history, culture, people, icons and landscape of the state that TPS proudly calls home. FotoTexas: People, Places & Culture is now closed for entry.

Calendar of Events
06-13-16  Call for entry announced 
08-15-16  Deadline for entry
09-06-16  Exhibiting artists announced and emails sent to all entrants
10-12-16  Matted work due in Dallas, Texas
10-20-16  Show opens at Brazos Gallery at Richland College in Dallas, Texas
10-20-16  Dan Burkholder presents public lecture and book signing from 7-10:00pm
10-21-16  Dan Burkholder instructs workshop iPhone and iPad: The Ideal Travel Camera
10-21-16  Opening reception at Brazos Gallery with Dan Burkholder from 7-9:00pm
11-11-16  Show closes

Public Lecture
Dan Burkholder will speak about his work in a public lecture on Thursday, October 20, 2016, starting at 7:00pm in the Performance Hall at Richland College in Dallas, Texas. Following the presentation, there will be a reception and book signing with Burkholder. His monograph, The Color of Loss: An Intimate Portrait of New Orleans after Katrina, will also be available for purchase at a 20% discount.

To learn more and register for Burkholder's workshop, iPhone and iPad: The Ideal Travel Camera, on Friday, October 21, 2016, click here!

First Place = $500
Second Place = $300
Third Place = $200
Up to 5 Honorable Mentions may be awarded

Entry Fees
Entry fee is $30 for 5 images, plus $6 for each additional image. Photographers may enter up to 10 images. Please don't forget to include your membership fee, if also joining TPS at the time of entry. 

FotoTexas: People, Places & Culture is open to artists of all levels internationally. All photographic based work is encouraged including digital, silver and alternative processes. You do not need to be a member of the Texas Photographic Society to enter this competition. However, you may join TPS and enter this show at the same time (read more about TPS member benefits). Works exhibited previously in a TPS show are not eligible, and all entries must be submitted digitally. Current members of the TPS Board of Directors are permitted to enter but are not eligible for awards.

Instructions for entry are outlined below, following the juror's bio and statement.

About the Juror
Dan Burkholder, fine art photographer, author and educator based in Palenville, New York

Dan Burkholder
 has a long history of looking beyond the photographic horizon to explore, teach and exhibit the next great thing in imaging. His book, iPhone Artistry (Pixiq Press, 2012), is the universe’s most comprehensive and fun how-to book for iPhone photographers. His poignant monograph, The Color of Loss (University of Texas Press, 2008), intimately documented the flooded interiors of post-Katrina New Orleans.

Dan earned his B.A. and Master’s degrees in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. His platinum/palladium and inkjet prints are included in private and public collections internationally. Read more about Burkholder at

Juror’s Statement
Pride is a sin according to the Bible. Yet, here you are, submitting work to a photo exhibition in a state that prides itself on its pride. If “FotoTexas: People, Places & Culture” doesn’t summon images of pride, either you can’t read or you have no sense of romantic imagination. At the very least, you’ve never witnessed the state’s splendor, history or intriguing contradictions.

Though no longer a resident, I lived in Texas for 17 years. I photographed there, taught there, buried a parent, fell in love and married—all in Texas. Pride might be a sin but if having pride in beauty, friendships and even memories is a sin, consider me a repeat offender.

Now it’s your turn to show your best photographic sins as you portray the wonderful people, amazing places and varied cultures of Texas. Come to think of it, maybe pride isn’t a sin after all.

Prepare Your Files
1. Files should be 1200 pixels in the longest dimension and saved in JPEG format on the highest quality setting. Images should also be saved in Adobe RGB color space.

2. Label each file as FirstName_Lastname_ followed by consecutive numbers. For example: Sam_Jones_1.jpg, Sam_Jones_2.jpg, etc. Please don't forget to include the "jpg" extension.

3. Do NOT use spaces in the file name, and do NOT use special characters such as :;’”/?}{()[ ]+=*&^%$#@! (use only alpha-numeric characters).

4. Please prepare the following information for each image: (1) print title; (2) print process/medium; and (3) price or NFS.

Submit Your Entries and Make Payment via Online Entry Form
Please select the “Enter Now” button above and follow the prompts to make your payment online (or by check) and then upload your files. If you experience difficulties with this online entry form, please notify TPS Executive Director Amy Holmes George at

TPS encourages the sales of exhibited work and will not seek commission. Please print your name, address, telephone number(s) and price on the back of each accepted piece. If your work is Not-For-Sale, simply note NFS but provide a dollar value for record-keeping purposes. If you do not indicate a sales price, the artwork will be listed as NFS.

TPS will exercise all due care when handling your work, but will not be held responsible for loss, damage or replacement. 

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. Also, an exhibition catalog will be created to showcase the selected works.

If Your Work is Accepted
* Please read carefully as our guidelines for this show vary from recent exhibitions

1. Please do NOT frame your work for this exhibition. Prints must be mounted and overmatted using 16" x 20" OR 18" x 24" 4-ply (minimum) white museum quality mat board with at least 2" of mat visible on all sides of the print. Smaller prints, 3" x 5" for example, are acceptable if they are mounted and overmatted to the 16" x 20" OR 18" x 24" size. Clearly label the back of your mat with your full name and contact information. TPS reserves the right to exclude works from the exhibition that are not professional in presentation.

2. Be sure to include a return shipping label/postage for prints to be shipped back to you when the exhibition concludes. Work WITHOUT return shipping will NOT be returned. Prints will be returned in the container in which they were received. No packing “peanuts”, and please be considerate of our limited storage space when choosing your packaging.

3. Matted prints must arrive in Dallas, Texas, no later than October 12, 2016.

If you have questions, after reading all the guidelines, please contact us at

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