Call for Entries: Black and White, The Absence of Color, Minneapolis Photo Center

Submission Deadline: January 21st, 2012

Results Announced: January 29th, 2012

On Exhibit: March 9th through April 22nd, 2012

Opening Reception: March 9th, 2012 Mpls Photo Center Second Floor Gallery

Prize Awards: First Place – $400, Second Place – $300, Third Place – $200 and Three Honorable Mentions. Prizes and Awards include a free Black & White Exhibition Book.

Accepted Images: All images selected by juror will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries and published in an Exhibit Book for purchase.

Juror: Bevin Bering Dubrowski is Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 offering year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, outreach programs, lectures, and classes. HCP’s mission is to increase society’s understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture, and produces 15 – 20 exhibitions annually on and off-site, balancing work by regional and internationally acclaimed emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Bevin curates exhibition for HCP and is also editor of spot magazine, a bi-annual journal of photography that includes artist portfolios, interviews, exhibition and book excerpts, and highlights on HCP members’ work.

Prior to joining HCP as Executive Director, Bevin founded the photography division of Bering & James and served as gallery director. Bevin is also a practicing photographer and received her BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Emory University.

Bevin has reviewed portfolios for FotoFest, Lens Culture/ FotoFest Paris, Photo Nola, and Photo Lucida. She has also recently served as a juror for Critical Mass and the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards and serves on the FotoFest Art Board.

About the Call for Entry

Black & White, The Absence of Color

We live in a saturated-color image world In that world black-and-white photographs feel real. They are images of the gray spectrum, absent of colorand are an important part of the power photography plays in today’s world.
Without the distraction of color, other elements of photography stand out in black and white.

By removing color as one of our composition elements, we are left with fewer details to consider, and so our attention can focus on the other aspects of the shot.

Black and white photos add an air of romance, class, timelessness and mystery.

Photographs that work well in black and white photography are those that have strong patterns, textures, angles, tones, shadows and light perspectives.

Black and white photography is a powerful way, maybe the most powerful way to communicate so much, with so little?
In this Call for Entry making a black and white photo will be the only choice to tell your story in a really dramatic way.

Cost for Entry: $35 first 5 images, $10 each additional

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.

Acceptance: All entrants will receive an e-mail notification. Accepted images will be posted on the Mpls Photo Center’s website along with instructions for gallery presentation.

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