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Photography regional, national and international competitions

Member's Competitions
A listing of photographic opportunities.

Deadline: March 30, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Water
Sponsor: A. Smith Gallery

water : rain, tears, agua, springs, drink, rivers, wet, steam, flood, moisture, lakes, humidity, damp, soak, ocean, wash, aquatic, splash.

Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work reflecting the theme "water" to A Smith Gallery by March 30, 2015. The entry fee is $30 for the first 5 images and $6 for each additional image. Fifty five to sixty images will be selected for exhibition and shown at the gallery from May 22 to June 28, 2015. Receptions will be held on May 30 and June 27, 2015 from 4 to 7pm. A Blurb full color catalogue of the exhibit with all the accepted entries will be available for purchase. Awards are $325 for Juror's Award, $250 and an exhibition catalogue for Director's Award, five Honorable Mentions each receiving an exhibition catalogue and $100 for Visitors' Choice Award.

Juror for "water" will be S. Gayle Stevens.

For more information:

Deadline: March 30, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography
Sponsor: New Orleans Photo Alliance

The New Orleans Alliance (NOPA) will begin accepting applications January 30, 2015 for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) 2015 grant. This fund, established by NOPA to honor the legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, awards one $5,000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project. We are proud to announce our 2015 juror, Emma Reynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are eligible to apply. The subject matter for the proposed project, however, is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. NOPA will accept grant applications through March 30, 2015. For submission guidelines and to download an application form, visit the Michael P. Smith Fund's website at

Deadline: April 1, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Black & White
Sponsor: The Center for Fine Art Photography

The Center for Fine Art Photography is not accepting images with interpretations on the theme Black and White. With selection for this exhibition, the artists are invited to join C4FAP on the reception weekend for review with the juror, Roy L. Flukinger, and the Executive Director, Hamidah Glasgow.

Juror, Roy Flukinger, as Senior Research Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, Flukinger assists in the development, administration and application of the collections. He has and continues to lecture and publish extensively in such fields as regional, cultural and contemporary photography, and the history of art and photography. He has produced nearly 50 exhibitions ranging from classical photohistory to contemporary photography, and from photographers’ retrospectives to American/regional/Texas photography. To enter this competition, follow this link.

Deadline: April 1, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: The Open Portfolio 2015
Sponsor: TeraBella Media

TBM is now accepting submissions in our current call for entry. The subject matter and theme is open and is chosen by each individual photographer. Images can be black and white and/or color.

Cash prizes and online display opportunities will be awarded. For more info and to enter:

Deadline: April 1, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Illuminance Photography Contest
Sponsor: The Buddy Holly Center

The Fine Arts Program of the Buddy Holly Center is now accepting entries to Illuminance, a biennial competitive exhibition featuring photographic work from across the nation, and beyond. The Buddy Holly Center, located in Lubbock, Texas, is committed to the promotion of contemporary visual arts and educational programs. This year the theme of Illuminance is The Feeling of the Rural Night, and will be juried by Rixon Reed.

Rixon Reed is the founder and director of photo-eye, a contemporary photography gallery and photo bookstore located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and online at Since its founding in 1979, photo-eye has grown to become one of the world's largest online resources for the photobook. The photo-eye Gallery shows contemporary photography in the Railyard Arts District in Santa Fe and emerging artists online at

To learn more about how to enter, click here.


Deadline: April 6, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: The Golden Hours: At Dawn and Dusk
Sponsor: PhotoPlace Gallery

Ambient light during the golden hours at the edges of the day creates a unique ambiance, whether you’re seaside, mountaintop, on city streets, behind doors, flying high, beneath the waves, or forest floor. This is light that affects all environments, and it can be pure magic through the lens.

Eddie Soloway has agreed to jury this exhibition and we're thrilled to have his eye.  Eddie will choose 40 photographs for exhibition in the gallery, and up to 35 additional for the gallery's Online Annex.  All exhibited and Annex photographs will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog.

For more information and application, click here.

Deadline: April 15, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographers
Title: Internartional Photography Competition 2015
Sponsor: Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

FMoPA has put out a call to photographers to participate in a photography competition. Winners are selected by a jury knowledgeable of art and photography. Winning submissions will be notified by May 1st. The top entries will be exhibited at FMoPA from June 5th – July 31st. There will be an opening reception at FMoPA June 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Categories include People/Portraits, Places/Landscape, Nature/Science/Animals, Documentation/Photojournalism, Still Life, Abstract Photography, and Conceptual Photography. Each category will have three winners selected for first, second, and third place. One submission will be awarded Best in Competition. Finally, one submission will be awarded People's Choice and is determined by public votes on the competition website. Click here to enter.

Deadline:April 15, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographic Artists
Title: Black & White
Sponsor: The Darkroom Gallery

Black & white photography is a timeless art; always relevant, always contemporary despite being historically ancient.
Photographer Robert Frank states, Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected. Darkroom Gallery is calling for works that excel within these monochromatic constraints. The absence of color adds a sort of purity to images, shows the bones of a composition without the chaff. It allows for the photographer top get creative within a variance of grays, whites, blacks and sepias - abstraction is bred within restraint.
Whether you are a darkroom purist or a Photoshop guru, show us your love for hue-less images. We want to see your best black and white or alternative process photographs. Pay tribute to the origins of photography.

Juror, Chris Kovacs is an award winning photographer best known for his black-and-white fine art photography. Chris combines his love of science with his photography and the results are multiple exposure images of a dreamlike quality. The possibility of multiple universes (see Multiverse) is something that inspired Chris to create this latest series of images. Magazines worldwide have published Chris' works, one of the most notable being the 2011 portfolio issue of B&W magazine (issue no. 84) in which he earned an excellence award.
Chris is also the editor and publisher of a popular digital magazine, Adore Noir, which celebrates black and white photography.
Chris resides with his wife and two sons in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Deadline: April 20, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographic Artists
Title: Day of the Dog
Sponsor: The Exposures Gallery

In addition to presenting fine art photography exhibits, The Perfect Exposure Gallery has a long-standing reputation for working with a distinguished group of acclaimed photojournalists to produce ongoing seminars and workshops for both adults and youths.

Now we are giving amateur and professional photographers the grand opportunity to show in our two-month-long summer exhibit,
Day of the Dog. Curated by Greg Cohen, the exhibit currently includes such acclaimed photographers as Magnum photographer Eli Reed. To learn more about how to enter, click here.

Deadline: May 1, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographic Artists
Title: FotoFest 2016
Sponsor: Art League of Baytown

Don't miss out on a chance to show your work during FotoFest's next international photography festival. The exhibition's theme is "Elemental Observations: Earth, Air, Fire, Water" and the jurors are Jean Caslin and Diane Griffin Gregory. To learn more about how to enter, click here.

Deadline: May 13, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographic Artists
Title: Natural Realm
Sponsor: Darkroom Gallery

Wild, wild wilderness, it's grandeur and grace epically and intimately explored through photography.
Humans have always looked upon the beauty, majesty, and ingenuity of the world around them with reverent wonder. The regular rhythms of the sun and moon, the myriads of living creatures in all their splendid diversity, the magnificence of a flower, a butterfly's wings or a snow crystal – The ancient Greeks aptly called the universe kosmos, a word denoting order and harmony. This underlying order is reflected in many intriguing patterns in nature.
Many of nature's patterns are related to the golden section and the Fibonacci numbers. For instance, the golden spiral is a logarithmic or equiangular spiral – a type of spiral found in unicellular foraminifera, sunflowers, seashells, animal horns and tusks, beaks and claws, whirlpools, hurricanes, and spiral galaxies.
Darkroom Gallery is calling for photography that investigates this intrinsic magic in the natural world. From macro shots to large scale landscapes show us your examples of this otherworldly complexity within our natural realm.
Juried by Dan Burkholder. For more information and to enter your images, visit this link.

Deadline: May 31, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographic Artists and Printmakers
Title: National Small Works Exhibition
Sponsor: Washington Printmakers Gallery

Eligible entries include hand-pulled prints, digital prints, and photographs. First prize winner receives a solo show at Washington Printmakers Gallery, located in the Book Hill Gallery District of Georgetown.
Juror: Greg Jecmen, Associate Curator of Old Master Prints and Print and Drawing, Study Room Supervisor, National Gallery of Art, Washington. This program is made possible by the support of the Washington Print Foundation.

To learn more about this competition and exhibition, visit the Washington Printmakers Gallery site.

Deadline: June 6, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographic Artists
Title: 10th Semiannual Competition
Sponsor: Dave Brown Projects

Jurors: Claire C. Carter, Curator of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator for Collections, Guggenheim Museum, New York; Anna Stothart, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, San Antonio Museum of Art.

Prizes: $10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 USD and 5 artists will each receive $1,000 USD). In addition to the cash prizes listed above; Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received.

Early entries are encouraged. Previewing will occur on a daily and weekly basis by Dave Bown Projects as submissions are received. Download your prospectus at

Deadline: June 30, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Artists 18 years and older
Title: 2015 Art Kudos Juried Online Competition

Art Kudos is an annual international juried competition that serves to
recognize and honor excellence in the visual arts. Artists who are selected
as finalists benefit from world-wide exposure in a year-long online
exhibition ( and have the opportunity to win cash awards
for their exemplary work.

A total of $4,500 will be awarded as follows: Best of Show - $1,200; Second
Place - $1,000; Third Place - $750; Founder's Award of Distinction - $500;
(3) Merit Awards - $250 each; (3) Honorable Mentions - $100 each.

Awards Judge: Charles Long, Professor of Art at the University of
California, Riverside. Visit for submission guidelines.


Deadline: July 1, 2015
Eligibility: Open to All Photographic Artists
Title: Photo '15
Sponsor: Multiple Exposures Gallery

You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. Juror: Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 

Exhibit dates: October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015. Awards and opening reception, Sunday, November 1, 2015. All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are invited to submit.

To view more information and to enter, click here.


Last updated: March 22, 2015

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