Call for Entries: 16th Annual Photo Competition, Seattle, WA

16th Annual
Photo Competition Exhibition
Juror: Karen Irvine
Deadline: May 14, 2011

The Photo Center NW is pleased to announce our 16th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition, and our esteemed juror, Karen Irvine, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. This year the exhibition theme is focused on land and water, and anything related – open to interpretation. Selected entries will be exhibited in Seattle, WA at the Photo Center during the months of August and September 2011. All photo processes are welcome. Maximum frame size is 32 inches on the longest side. Artists will be responsible for shipping their framed work to and from the gallery.

JUROR BIO: Karen Irvine is Curator and Manager of Publications of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over thirty five exhibitions at the MoCP and other institutions and written essays for numerous artist monographs and publications including Art on Paper and Contemporary. Irvine is a part time instructor of photography at Columbia College Chicago. She received an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

AWARDS: First, second, and third prize winners will take home $1000, $500, and $250 as well as a $75 Blurb Inc. Scrip Certificate for each winner. Photo Center gratefully acknowledges Blurb Inc., Glazer’s Camera, and Panda Lab respectively for their award sponsorships.

ELIGIBILITY: International. The competition is open to all photographers.


1. Print out the PDF entry form from our website and fill it out legibly. Click Here.

2. Burn up to 12 jpg images on a CD – not DVD, and include a PDF file on the CD that has your Artist Statement & Print Sizes & Print Types and Your Name. (The juror will view this PDF). Entries by email are not accepted.

3. Put everything in an envelope and mail with your payment to Photo Center NW,
16th Annual Contest, 900 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. Materials will not be returned.

Mandatory details below…

• Submissions accepted via CD only (not DVD).
• Must be readable on a PC.
• Must submit a minimum of 4 jpgs, and up to 12 total.
• Jpg resolution 72 ppi.
• Jpgs must be titled in this order: The photographer’s name, correlating letter to match the printed out entry form & the title of the image.
• (for example: JohnDoe _A_Untitled.jpg)
• Required PDF file on the CD that includes your name, artist statement or project statement. This statement should be no longer than 4 paragraphs. After the statement, list the image size of your work and print type. (for example: 16 x 20, Silver Gelatin Prints). Do not send a hard copy of the statement-it won’t be used.
• The CD and CD case must be labeled with the photographer’s name.

DEADLINE: All entries must be received by Saturday, May, 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM.

ENTRY FEE: The entry fee is $40 for 4 jpgs (minimum). You may add additional jpgs for $7 a piece up to 12 total. You must submit a minimum of 4 images to be reviewed with a artist’s statement (digital file). Payment must be in U.S. Dollars. Entry fees are non-refundable. This juried show is our gallery program’s annual fundraiser and the entry fees help to support our gallery program offerings throughout the year.

NOTIFICATION: A list of accepted artists will be posted on the gallery call for entries page on our website in late June 2011. Selected artists will be notified by email and telephone.

QUESTIONS? Contact Ann Pallesen, Gallery Director, (206) 720-7222 ext. 11 or