Call for Entries: The Portrait, Minneapolis Photo Center

The Portrait: Up Close and Personal
Portraits tell a story, depict a character”, reveal emotion, demonstrate sensitivity and illustrate an intimate connection with your subject.

The greatest challenge and most important element in a successful portrait is an intimate connection with the subject. The ways in which you explore this connection, going beneath the surface and finding what is the essence of the portrait determines its success as a representation of your subject.

Explore different styles and methods of making revealing portraits that reflect not just the subject but you the photographer as well. Demonstrate the sensitivity necessary to move beyond literal renderings to more intimate portraits. Create images that go below the surface and penetrate deeply into a subject’s character.

Prize Awards: First Place – $400, Second Place – $300, Third Place – $200 and Three Honorable Mentions. Prizes and Awards include a free “The Portrait” 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.

Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2012

On Exhibit: June 22nd through August 19th, 2012

Opening Reception: June 22nd, 2012 Mpls Photo Center Second Floor Gallery

Exhibit Juror: Andrea Mellard

Andrea Mellard is Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, Texas. The newly merged museum provides rich environments for a wide range of audiences to investigate and experience excellence in modern and contemporary art. The museum accomplishes this through innovative exhibitions, education, interpretative programs and direct access to the creative process. Andrea Mellard draws on an interdisciplinary background to connect visual art to contemporary culture. She has been on staff for seven years and curating for since 2009. Recently, she curated exhibitions of photography including Clifford Ross: Outside Realism and New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch. Previously, she was a curatorial and research assistant at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History for a three-year long cultural history project on Memphis, Tennessee. She holds an M.A. degree in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and an Interdisciplinary Humanities degree for California State University at Monterey.

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: April 24th, 2012

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