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Deadline: April 15, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Somerville Toy Camera Festival
Sponsor: Nave Gallery, Washington St. Art Center, Brickbottom Gallery & Somerville Museum

Last year, the first Somerville Toy Camera Festival celebrated the quirky and creative results that can happen when photographers are forced to loosen their controls, submit to the light and embrace the accidental. During August and September 2013, the Nave Gallery, Nave Gallery Annex, and the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, Massachusetts, each exhibited a wide range of toy camera photography from across the U. S. and beyond. With the addition of the Brickbottom Gallery and the Somerville Museum, the 2014 Festival will spread to five locations.

We are seeking images of any subject matter that were made with a "toy" camera – any low-end, low-tech, limited-control camera such as pinhole, Holga, Diana and other Lomo products, as well as Brownies and Anscos. Images made from Polaroid-type film backs attached to Holgas are welcome. Images made from a DSLR or SLR with a pinhole or Holga lens will be accepted. For this exhibit, we are not accepting straight Polaroid-type images or images made with cell phones, disposable cameras or point-and-shoot cameras.

For more information, follow this link.

Deadline: April 15, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: MPS Fund 2014 Grant
Sponsor: New Orleans Alliance and NOPA

The New Orleans Alliance (NOPA) will begin accepting applications for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) 2014 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 2014 juror, Michael Famighetti, the editor of Aperture magazine.

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 from February 15 through April 15, 2014.

For submission guidelines and to download an application form, visit the Michael P. Smith Fund's website at

Deadline: April 16, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all
Title: Hue
Sponsor: Darkroom Gallery

Color in photography has symbolism and meaning that travels beyond what you see.More than the combination of red, green, and blue or cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, color is a visual tool for non-verbal communication: a viewer's perception and connection to an image can be significantly enhanced by a certain hue.

Strip away the subject matter from a photograph, and what is left behind? Two things. The underlying geometry of the photo, its composition or balance, and the color. The design and geometry make an image coalesce, become solid, and enduring. Whereas the color carries the opposite message, one of transience and impermanence. That's because colors are not inherent in objects, but change and evolve with the changing light – and we photographers know, light is always changing.

Hues must contrast or complement one another to create a successful image, a delicate dance of visual balance. For this exhibit we are looking for works that exemplify the innate power of color. Images that drive us through hue to an emotive response.

For additional information on juror, Al Satterwhite, and to enter, click here.

Deadline: April 18, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Narrative Documentary: Still & in Motion

While millions of photographs are taken daily and posted to Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, and other image sharing services, only a small fraction tell a narrative story and a smaller number would be considered documentary. For this call for entries, SDN is seeking submissions that create a coherent documentary narrative, first with the images and then providing necessary context with text and optionally, sound and motion. All themes, subject matter, and formats are encouraged.

This is the first SDN call for entries encouraging multimedia submissions.

For a list of prizes, guidelines and juror information, click here.

Deadline: April 18, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: HCP 32nd Annual Membership Exhibition
Sponsor: Houston Center for Photography

The deadline for submission to HCP's 32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition has been extended to April 18! To enter, you must be an HCP member - if you are not a member, click here to become one.

Three juror commendations will receive the Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria of $500, supported by The Beth Block Foundation. An additional 30+ artists will be selected to have their work shown during the exhibition to be held July 11 - September 14, 2014.

Click here to submit your entry and for other rules and guidlelines.

Deadline: April 18, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all individuals 18 years and older worldwide
Title: Abandoned
Sponsor: PictureCompete

Abandoned buildings are somewhat strangely appealing to people as they arouse our interests and curiosities. PictureCompete invites you to submit your best representations of what "Abandoned" means to you. Cash awards and extensive media coverage and on line exhibition for finalists.

For more information and to enter, click here.

Deadline: April 24, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Fact and Fantasy
Sponsor: The Kiernan Gallery

Photographers have a wonderful ability to turn ordinary surroundings into an otherworldly realm. Optical illusions, chemistry, and the mechanics of modern tools, have opened new possibilities for artists to untether their imaginations. Artists exploring make-believe use their dreams and memories as subject matter. Their work distorts reality, making everyday objects and environments alien and magical. Photographers construct their own fantasies, creating alternate worlds that straddle the line between reality and fiction. For Fact and Fantasy, The Kiernan Gallery seeks images that explore the unearthly and strange.

For this exhibition, juror Melanie Craven will select up to 25 images for display in the main gallery, and up to an additional 35 to be included in the online gallery. All images will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue available for purchase. A Juror's Choice and Director's Choice will also be announced and will receive a free copy of the exhibition catalogue.

For additional information click here.

Deadline: April 28, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Renaissance Photography Prize 2014
Sponsor: The Kiernan Gallery

Exhibit to be held at the Getty Images Gallery in London, UK. By entering, photographers get their work seen by some of the most highly regarded photography critics, and have the chance to win $10,000 worth of prizes in total, including cash, professional printing, portfolio reviews and valuable international exposure.
The 60 finalist and shortlisted photographs selected by the judges will be exhibited at the Getty Images Gallery in central London in September, and the winners will be announced at the 2014 award ceremony.

Photographers can enter single images and/or series of work. The competition is open to everyone and welcomes entries from all countries. All entrants receive a 20% discount on digital C type printing from Metro Imaging, valid until the competition deadline.
Single Image categories: Transition - Belonging - Expression Series category: Open

For additional information click here.

Deadline: April 28, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Great Outdoors Photography Competition
Sponsor: PDN

Winning images will be featured in PDN's August issue, which has an additional print circulation to 5000 photography industry creatives.

Employees of Photo District News, and each of their affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

For a list of categories, judges and prized, click here.

Deadline: May 1, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: SHOTS Magazine OPEN Theme
Sponsor: SHOTS Magazine

SHOTS Magazine is pleased to announce an international call for photographic work to be considered for publication in the Summer Issue (no. 124). There is NO THEME for this issue, subject matter is OPEN.

A well-established, independent, quarterly photography journal entering its 28th year of publication, SHOTS Magazine reaches an international community of photographers, educators, galleries, museums, collectors and other fine art photography enthusiasts.

Submissions are accepted online or by mail (prints or CD).

Please visit the SHOTS website for further information and guidelines.

Deadline: May 4, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all International photographers
Title: Documentary: 19th Annual Photography Exhibition
Sponsor: The Photographic Center Northwest

The Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is pleased to announce Documentary: 19th Annual Photography Exhibition, and our esteemed juror, Whitney C. Johnson. This year the theme is documentary. An artist statement is encouraged with your entry. Selected entries will be exhibited in Seattle, WA at PCNW August 2014. All photo processes are welcome.

For additional information, click here.

Deadline: May 5, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photograhers
Title: Expressions: Downtown
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery

downtown - urban, midtown, metropolitan, main, central, business, capital, borough, burg, municipality, metropolis, concrete jungle, village, town, inner-city, oppidan, city.

Forty five to fifty five images will be selected for exhibition and shown at A Smith Gallery from June 20 to July 27, 2014. Receptions will be held on June 28, 2014 and July 26, 2014 both being 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: Peter Liepke

For additional information and to enter.

Deadline: May 14, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photograhers
Title: Impromptu
Sponsor: Darkroom Gallery

To capture in an instant, an unexpected scene, the unscripted interaction, serendipitous magic in a single shot. The medium of photography skillfully lends itself to chance. In certain instances the medium is defined by how rapidly a single shot can be fired and, in turn, art created. Just as an improv actor steps onto the stage without any thoughts or goals is his/her head we are looking for the images you took off the cuff that the very telling, thoughtful and insightful ones.

Photographs that succeed because they aren't staged. Work that encapsulates a plot line, a "scene of crime" or unique character-driven exchange. These haphazard interpretations of reality can be monumentally powerful, humorous, heart-rending or sublime. A moment, frozen forever through the lens of our cameras.

Juror: Stella Kramer, Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor and creative consultant.

For additional information and to enter, click here.

Deadline: May 15, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photograhers
Title: Vienna International Photo Awards 2014
Sponsor: VIPA

The Vienna International Photo Awards, or VIPA for short, mission is to draw more attention to documentary photography in Austria and worldwide. Ever since we have established the first edition, VIPA has become one of the leading documentary photography contests. We wanted VIPA to be different as we focus on a niche between press and art photography that is often lost sight of. The uniqueness of documentary photography lies in its rendering of a wide variety of themes, its distinct image characteristics and the plurality of perceptions in a way not found in press photography or art photography.

Besides the total value of 9.000 EUR in money prizes the short-listed winners will be able to take part in a group exhibition in Vienna as well as in the publication of VIPA’s official catalogue. The awards ceremony, the presentation of the official catalogue as well the opening of the group exhibition will be held during the last quarter 2014 in Vienna.

Participants chose the theme of their photo series submission. The competition will be judged by a board of highly esteemed photo editors, curators, art directors and other luminaries from the international photography community.

For additional information and to enter, click here.

Deadline: May 18, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all International photograhers
Title: Transportation
Sponsor: New York Center for Photographic Art

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; Yachts; Race Cars; are they symbols of lifestyle or are they everyday means of transportation. Freight trains, family cars, canoes and dingies, commercial airplanes, camels, elephants, horse drawn buggies, helicopters; show us your Formula 1 or junk heaps, America's Cup or rowboat. From the beginning of time when walking and horse riding were the only options, transportation now holds a vast variety of choices from the simple and practical to the luxurious and outrageous. The challenge for this call is to submit those images of transportation that say so much more.

Winners will receive $3,000 in cash awards and be featured in a New York Gallery Show and on the NYC4PA Online Gallery. The Grand Prize winning image will be posted on the NYC4PA home page. We are very excited that Winners and Juror's Selections will have the opportunity to participate in a gallery show, SEPTEMBER 15 – 27, 2014, at the SITE 109 GALLERY in the Lower East Side gallery district. In addition, an exhibition catalog of the group show will be available.

For additional information and to enter, click here.

Deadline: May 22, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all International photograhers
Title: Portfolio Showcase 2014
Sponsor: Kiernan Gallery

Every photograph tells a story. When part of a body of work, the photograph takes on a new meaning, becoming part of a larger and more complete narrative. A portfolio allows the photographer to explore the complexities of their subject, and provide context that gives it richness and meaning that is more than the sum of its parts. The Kiernan Gallery is pleased to announce its third annual portfolio showcase.

Juror Gordon Stettinius will select four photographers to display their bodies of work from July 2 – 30, 2014.

For additional information and to enter, click here.

Deadline: May 26, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all individuals 18 years and older worldwide
Title: The Human Hand
Sponsor: TeraBella Media

Our hands reveal so much about us and can expose so much about our lives. Our hands can reveal our race,gender,age,and our occupation. TBM invites you to submit your best representation of the human hand. $700 cash awards and on line display opportunities.

For more information:

Deadline: May 31, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all 18 years of age or older
Title: 8th Semiannual Competition
Sponsor: Dave Bown Projects

Jurors: Cindy Buckner, Associate Curator, Grand Rapids Art Museum; Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Margot Norton, Assistant Curator, New Museum, New York.

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, Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received.

Selection Process: Early entries are encouraged. Previewing will occur on a daily and weekly basis by Dave Bown Projects as submissions are received.

For additional information.

Deadline: June 30, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all 18 years of age or older
Title: 2014 Art Kudos Juried Online Competition
Sponsor: Artshow

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.

Each year a distinguished art professional is chosen to serve as the awards judge and ensure a diverse range of perspectives and expertise. We are very pleased to have Graeme Reid serving as the awards judge for the 2014
exhibition. Mr. Reid is the Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art and has curated over 120 group and solo exhibitions.

The Art Kudos competition is sponsored by, a company that offers web-based services and resources for artists and arts organizations.

For additional information.

Deadline: June 14, 2014 (earlybird discount by May 15)
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: PHOTOcentric
Sponsor: Garrison Art Center's The Riverside Galleries

A Juried Photography Exhibition sponsored by Garrison Art Center, Garrison NY. Open to all photographic mediums. Exhibition 9/13 – 9/28, Artists' reception September 13. Awards $2,800 plus publication in Exhibition Book and more. Juror Marvin Heiferman, curator and writer for MOMA, ICP, Whitney Museum, Aperture, NY Times and more.

For additional information and to enter, click here.

Deadline: June 30, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014
Sponsor: National Geographic Society

The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is now accepting submissions. Each Entry consists of an entry form, a single image, and an entry fee. The entry fee is US$15 per entry. To enter, visit; complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph and fee in accordance with the instructions that follow. While the entry form requests information about whether your photograph was taken on a Nat Geo Expedition or a Nat Geo Adventure, such inquiry is for informational purposes only and does not affect eligibility or judging.

The Categories for entries are: (1) Travel Portraits; (2) Outdoor Scenes; (3) Sense of Place; and (4) Spontaneous Moments (the "Categories"). There is no limit on the number of entries per person.

For additional information and to enter, click here.

Deadline: July 15, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: The Rural South

A juried exhibition celebrating photography of the Rural South with jurors Alexa Dilworth and Aline Smithson [Los Angeles, CA]. Show dates are September 19-28, 2014. You may enter up to six images for a non-refundable fee of $50.

For submission guidelines and to enter, click here.


Last updated: April 8, 2014

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