Call for Entries: Photography Competition 2014, Philadelphia Museum of Art


DEADLINE FOR ENTRY All applications must be submitted by January 10, 2014.

NOTIFICATION Artists whose work has been selected will be notified on or about March 17, 2014.

EXHIBITS Winning photographs will be exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in June 2014.

THE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE OF THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART is pleased to announce its third biennial Photography Competition. The Competition is open to all photographers age 18 and over. A jury of nationally recognized experts will select 6 photographs by 6 different artists. Each winning photograph will enter the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will be exhibited by the Museum as part a special celebratory event to take place in June 2014. Additionally, the winning photographs will be sold individually in editions of 15. Each winning artist will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and will be paid a 5% commission on sales of their prints from the edition of 15.

JURORS for the 2014 Competition include the celebrated photographer Larry Fink, publisher and gallery director Darius Himes, and Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Peter Barberie.
Larry Fink American photographer, has had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, among other institutions. The recipient of numerous awards including two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, he is also a dedicated teacher, and for the last 16 years he has been a professor of photography at Bard College. His numerous published books include Social Graces (Aperture 1984); Boxing (powerHouse Books 1997); Runway (powerhouse Books 2000); Somewhere There’s Music (Damiani Editore 2006), Attraction and Desire: 50 Years in Photography (The Sheldon Art Galleries 2011), and, most recently, The Vanities: Hollywood Parties 2000-2009 (Schirmer/Mosel 2011).

Darius Himes is Director of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. He is a co-founder of Radius Books, a non-profit publisher of books on photography and the visual arts, where he serves on the Board and consults on project acquisitions. He was founding editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photography books, which ran from 2002-2007. A lecturer, educator, and writer, he has contributed to Aperture, Blind Spot, Bookforum, BOMB, PDN, and American Photo. In 2008, he was named by PDN as one of the fifteen most influential people in photography book publishing. His most recent title, Publish Your Photography Book, co-authored with Mary Virginia Swanson, was released by Princeton Architectural Press in the Spring of 2011. A 2nd edition is planned for Spring 2014.

Peter Barberie is The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art. His recent projects include the exhibition and book Zoe Strauss: 10 Years (2012), and the exhibition Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark (2012). His other publications include Looking at Atget (2005) and Dreaming in Black and White: Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery (co-authored with Katherine Ware, 2006).

The prints will be sold through the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a limited edition of 15. Three additional artist proofs will be made of each print for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Women’s Committee, and the artists. Prints will be produced in formats up to 16 x 20 inches (print dimensions to be determined in consultation with each winning artist).

Each applicant must submit 10-15 images that represent original work created no earlier than January 1, 2012.
Applicants must submit their images and an artist’s statement to Slideroom no later than January 10, 2014. Applications may upload 10-15 images (jpg). For good image and fast upload, images should be sized not larger than 1220px @72dpi. The Slideroom portal offers additional instructions for submitting work and for helping new applicants get started. For technical assistance, access the help desk at
All photographs must be accompanied by the following information: title (including “untitled” if that is the case); date; and print dimensions.
Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art shall have the perpetual right to display accepted works and to reproduce accepted works of educational and promotional purposed in both print and electronic for.
Each artist warrants that he or she had obtained all necessary releases from models and other subjects featured in photographs selected for exhibition and any additional releases required with respect to names and trademarks, designed, or works of art depicted in the photograph and that the creation, display, or distribution of photographs will not violate any law.
Submission of any entry to this competition implies acceptance of all conditions stated.