Call for Entries: Ambient Light: A Natural Luminosity, Minneapolis Photo Center

Ambient Light: A Natural Luminosity
With Guest Juror: Jim Brandenburg

Many of history’s greatest photographs and film shots have relied on interesting ambient light. Unusual lighting can turn an otherwise ordinary shot into something very powerful.

Ambient light is found light that surrounds you and is already present in a scene. Sometimes referred to as “natural light” or “existing light,” ambient light can be the found inside a home, a restaurant or concert hall, or a bright, sunny day, a deep foggy day, a city at night…in other words, any kind of pre-existing light. This is found light, not additional light that you, the photographer, might choose to add, such as flash.

Prize Awards: First Place – $400, Second Place – $300, Third Place – $200 and Three Honorable Mentions. Prizes and Awards include a free full-color Exhibition Book All images selected by juror will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries and published in a full-color Exhibit Book for purchase.
Accepted Images: All images selected by juror will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries and published in a full-color Exhibit Book for purchase.

Cost for Entry: $35 first 5 images, $10 each additional
Submission Deadline: June 30th, 2013
Results Announced: July 7th, 2013
On Exhibit: September.13th, 2013 through October 27th, 2013
Opening Reception: September 13th, 2013

Submitting Your Entries:
Submit your work via the online tool, Smarter Entry System. To submit click on Account Login to begin. Create an account if you don’t already have one. Simply pay online then upload your images.

All entries are submitted via our on-line system. When you see the image thumbnail under Submitted Images, you image has been received for the show/contest. You will be able to change an image or add additional information regarding that image, at no cost, by logging into your account. Changes may be made up to the appropriate deadline.

When preparing images for uploading, please adhere to the following file specifications:
• sRGB or RGB color space (standard) – NOT CMYK (typically used by printing industry)
• Save files to 72 ppi resolution; flatten layers, 8 bit JPEG files (16 bit will not upload.)
• Sized to 1,280 pixels on the longest side, the other size width or height proportional
• JPG format, compression level 8 (medium). Compression level will not affect the quality of viewed images.
• Use period preceding jpg in the file name. Characters (!@#$%^&*()_+) will result in uploading problems.

Results Announced: July 7th, 2013
Acceptance: All entrants will receive an e-mail notification. Accepted images will be posted on the Mpls Photo Center website along with instructions for gallery presentation.

Use Rights:
By submission to this Call for Entry, artists who are accepted grant Mpls Photo Center the right to use their images for the purpose of marketing of the exhibition, publication of exhibition book, and subsequent display on the Center’s website of exhibitions. Artists grant the use of their images as stated without
further contact or compensation from the Center. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use.

Exhibit Prints: Mpls Photo Center will only accept framed prints with a bright white mat and traditional black wooden or metal frame (nothing ornate). Printing, framing, and shipping/ repacking fees are the responsibility of the exhibiting artist. For the convenience of those not living in Minnesota we offer optional fine art printing and framing services at an additional cost to the photographer. For additional artist information, please contact us at

About the Juror:
Quiet and contemplative, Minnesota photographer Jim Brandenburg is one of the most accomplished and prolific wildlife photographers in the world. The immediacy and serenity Brandenburg captures in the wild often requires long solitary hours and is a reflection of his belief that “Photography is more primitive than writing…as the animals we evolved from, we rely on vision much more than language…the old saying is that a picture is worth 10 words…that does sum everything up.”

Brandenburg began his career as a natural history photographer and filmmaker while in college, later working in journalism and freelancing for the National Geographic for whom he became a contract photographer in 1978. He has since worked on numerous assignments for National Geographic, has been represented extensively in magazine, book and television projects, as well as for Life, Audubon, Smithsonian, Natural History, World, Geo, BBC Wildlife, traveling worldwide from the high Arctic to Africa and Asia over the years. In addition, he was commissioned in 1981 by the U.S. Postal Service to design a set of wildlife stamps, which were released that year and included in the Graphic Design in America exhibition that toured the United States and England in 1990.