Call for Entries: TPS 27th Annual Members’ Only Show

27th Annual Members Show

TPS is proud to be celebrating 30 years of providing programs and services to photographers and their audiences across the country, making 2014 a landmark year. In honor of TPS’ 30th Anniversary, this year’s juror will select 30 photographers to showcase in the exhibition.

Calendar of Events
06-16-14 Call for Entries announced

08-18-14 Entries due

09-10-14 Emails sent to entrants

10-17-14 Matted and framed prints due at Odessa College

10-27-14 Show opens at Options Gallery, Odessa, Texas

12-05-14 Show closes

First Place: $500

Second Place: $300

Third Place: $200

Up to five Honorable Mentions may be awarded

Entry Fees
Entry fee is $25 for 5 images, plus $5 for each additional image. Photographers may enter up to 10 images. Please don’t forget to include your membership fee, if also joining TPS at the time of entry.

You may join or renewal membership fees with contest entry by following our easy online payment center.
Student/Military Member: $15
Senior Member: $25
Regular Member: $35
Print Program, $195

You may make payment online at our secure online store or by mailing a check (payable to Texas Photographic Society) to P. O. Box 1924, Johnson City, TX 78636.

About the Juror:
Jim Casper, Founder and Editor of LensCulture, Paris, France

Jim Casper is the founding editor and publisher of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations for discovering contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography community, Casper organizes annual international photography portfolio reviews, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and portfolio reviewer, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators. You may read more about LensCulture at

Juror’s Statement:
Mary Ellen MarkI believe that photography is the most powerful universal language on the planet. Photography has no political borders,no cultural barriers, no limits to expression. It just requires vision, clarity, imagination and courage. I appreciate all genres of photography, all subject matter, and all points of view. I am hopingto discover people who are using the visual language of photography in powerful, elegant, memorable ways. And in this age of a superabundance of pictures and images, I look for photographs that are fresh and avoid a sense of déjà vu — images that shock, delight, surprise, and make me think.

I have the utmost respect for people who are able to use the powerful visual language of photography to share their own vision, ideas, points of view, understanding, concerns, hopes, fears and dreams.

Entry Requirements
Prepare Your Files
1. Files should be no greater than 1500 pixels in the longest dimension and saved in JPEG format on the highest quality setting. Images should be saved at 72ppi in RGB or grayscale.

2. Label each file with your full name followed by consecutive numbers. For example, SamJones1, SamJones2. Do NOT use spaces in the file name (use underscores if necessary), and do NOT use special characters such as :'”/?}{()[ ]+-=*&^ %$#@!. (use only alpha-numeric characters).

Submit Entries Via Email
1. Please provide the following in your email message: (1) the print title, process, dimensions, date, and price/NFS for each entered image. Be sure to number each image to correspond with the number of your file name (file naming conventions indicated above); (2) your name, address, city, state, zip code, and telephone number (3) a note indicating your method of payment; and (4) your images attached as jpegs.

2. Email your images and information to TPS reserves the right to exclude entries that are incomplete or images that are not prepared/saved according to specifications.

3. You may make payment online at (URL of the K-C payment page) or by mailing a check (payable to Texas Photographic Society) to P.O. Box 1924, Johnson City, TX 78636.

TPS encourages the sales of exhibited photographs. TPS requests a donation of 50% of the sale price. Print your name, address, telephone number(s), and price on the back of each accepted print. If your print is Not-For-Sale, simply note NFS but provide a dollar amount for record-keeping purposes. If you do not indicate a dollar value, the artwork will be listed as NFS.

TPS will exercise all due care when handling your work, but will not be held responsible for loss, damage, or replacement.

TPS retains the right to display, project, and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes only. Individual photographers still retain copyright to his/her own individual images. An exhibition catalog will be created to showcase the selected works; copies will be available for purchase through

“The 27th Annual Members’ Only Show” is open to amateur and professional artists internationally. You MUST be a member of TPS to enter this competition. If you are not currently a member, you may join TPS and enter this show at the same time. Works exhibited previously in a TPS show are not eligible, and all work must have been produced in the last five years. Entries must be submitted digitally. Current members of the TPS Board are permitted to enter, but are not eligible for awards.

If Your Work is Accepted
* Please carefully read details regarding prints and framing as our specifications have recently changed. Prints must be matted AND framed for submission.

1. Send one exhibition print for each photograph that is accepted.

2. Prints must be mounted and overmatted using 16″x20″ white mat board with at least 2″ of matte visible on all sides of the print. Maximum print size is 12″x16″. Smaller prints, 3″x5″ for example, are acceptable if they are mounted and overmatted to the 16″x20″ size. To ensure consistency in presentation, please frame your work using simple black metal frames with plexiglass ONLY. Also, please use hanging wire on the back of your print. TPS reserves the right to exclude works from the exhibition that are not matted and framed according to specifications.

3. Include return postage for prints to be shipped back to you when the exhibition concludes. Prints WITHOUT postage will NOT be returned. Prints will be returned in the container in which they were received.

4. No packing “peanuts,” and please be considerate of our limited storage space when choosing your packaging.

5. Prints must arrive at Odessa College no later than October 17, 2014.

If you have questions after reading all the guidelines, please contact Amy Holmes George at

Send your print(s) to:
Steve Goff
Odessa College
201 W. University Avenue
Odessa, TX 79764