REVIEW SANTA FE
CALL FOR ENTRIES
// 15-20 images from a body of work
// A project statement limited to 325 words
Q: WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
A: The deadline for 2017 has expired. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates about our next call for entry.
Q: WHERE DO I APPLY?
A: You will apply on our online application.
CRITERIA & THE JURY PROCESS
Q: WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING IN?
A: Approximately 1 in 5 applicants are accepted into Review Santa Fe.
Q: IS THERE A WAIT LIST?
A: Yes, the wait list is chosen by the selection committee and photographers must be invited to be on the wait list. If you did not submit by the deadline you will not be included in the wait list.
Q: HOW DOES THE SELECTION PROCESS WORK?
A: Three photography professionals rank every project. The highest in the points receive invitations to attend, and the next 50 highest are invited on the wait list. Please note, Review Santa Fe is not a competition, it is a selection of projects best suited to take advantage of the opportunities the event offers.
Q: WHO IS THE SELECTION COMMITTEE?
A: Three photography professionals representing different aspects of the field, example, a curator, a gallerist and an editor. Two of the committee members have attended Review Santa Fe as reviewers and have a keen understanding of the types of work that fit best with this particular review event. Read 2016 Selection Committee statements here.
Q: SHOULD I SUBMIT IF I HAVE APPLIED BEFORE AND DID NOT GET INVITED?
A: The selection committee and reviewers change each year, so yes. Also it may be helpful to consider getting some editing advice for your work and artist statement. Write to us at email@example.com for a list of editors and advisors to help prepare your submission.
Q: WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA?
A: The selection committee is looking for cohesive, compelling bodies of work that may be relevant for the reviewers and that may benefit from wider recognition.
Q: HOW IMPORTANT IS MY PROJECT STATEMENT?
A: The project statement is very important. A poorly executed statement can jeopardize your chances of securing a spot in Review Santa Fe.
Q: WHAT SHOULD THE STATEMENT ADDRESS?
A: The statement should address the “why” more than the “what.” For example, address why you decided to photograph the subject and what your photographs are meant to convey. You should also indicate the process and medium used.
Q: WILL I RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON THE WORK?
A: Due to the number of submissions the committee is unable to provide specific feedback.
Q: IS THERE A TIME LIMIT WITHIN WHICH THE PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN?
A: No, you may submit any photograph regardless of the date it was taken.
Q: MAY I SEND MY BOOK, POSTER, EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT, ETC.
A: Websites, books, posters, announcements and other materials will not seen by the judges and will not be reviewed.
Q: CAN WE APPLY AS A DUO OR GROUP?
A: Yes, please use one artists name and information on the application, and in your project statement note that this is a collaboration and include all names. Please note that the group will receive one slot at Review Santa Fe, either one artist can come as a representative from the group or the group would sit together in front of each reviewer.
Q: IF I AM ACCEPTED AND ATTEND HOW MANY REVIEWS WILL I RECEIVE?
A: (9) twenty minute formal reviews over two days.
Q: WILL I HAVE A CHOICE AS TO WHICH REVIEWERS I WILL SEE?
A: Yes, you will be asked to put all reviewers in order of your preference into an electronic lottery system. It is likely you will receive at least one reviewer from your top 3 reviewer picks, a few more reviewers from your 4-8 ranking picks, and a few more reviewers from your 9-15 ranking selections on your list. It is possible to get one reviewer lower on your list but very likely not more than one.
Q: WHEN DO I CHOOSE MY REVIEWERS?
A: After you have been accepted, you will have the opportunity to enter in your reviewer preferences approximately two weeks prior to the event date.
Q: SHOULD I ENTER EVEN IF I CAN NOT AFFORD THE $745 EVENT FEE?
A: Absolutely, if you are accepted we will work with you on a payment plan. There are also scholarships available to those who make under $40k annually.
All images must be uploaded through our online system. Files must be in jpg, sized 1400 pixels on the longest side. Files should be 500k or smaller in size, with a minimum dpi of 72.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY IMAGE SIZE IS TOO LARGE?
A: Use a jpg quality level of 10 or high when saving. If you follow these guidelines, the size of your images will typically fall between 100-500k when it is closed. When the image is opened the file might be larger than 500k and that is acceptable.
Q: WHY DO MY IMAGES NOT HAVE THE CORRECT COLOR OR CONTRAST AND LOOK VERY SMALL ON THE APPLICATION?
A: Once you have uploaded the images to the online application form, you are now viewing them through an internet browser which does not recognize color profiles. Your images are unaltered by this process.
Q: MAY I ENTER PRINTS?
A: We no longer accept prints. If you have problems uploading digital files or making your work into digital files, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Q: HOW DO I TITLE & ORDER MY IMAGES?
A: Begin the filename with a lower-case alphabetical letter. Include the title in the filename after the letter and underscore. (Ex: a_Title.jpg, b_Title.jpg, c_Title.jpg).
The first sentence of your project statement should include a short synopsis of the project. Please limit your statement to 325 words, and indicate the process or medium used and the final exhibition dimensions, ex. 8×10 black and white negative, 20×24 gelatin silver prints, or 35mm slides.
Q: WHERE DO I UPLOAD MY STATEMENT?
A: You will upload your project statement on our online application form.
Q: DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT THE AMOUNT OF IMAGES PER THE GUIDELINES?
A: We will not disqualify entries that have less than the specified amount (15-20). However, do keep in mind that submitting fewer images may put you at a disadvantage.
Q: MAY I ENTER TWO OR MORE BODIES OF WORK?
A: You are welcome to apply as many times as you would like with different bodies of work.
Q: MAY I ENTER THE SAME BODY OF WORK THAT I DID LAST YEAR?
A: Yes, each year the selection committee is different.
Q: MAY I ENTER WORK THAT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED?
Q: MAY I COMBINE BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOR IMAGES INTO ONE BODY OF WORK?
Q: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY PROCESS OR MEDIUM?
A: Examples – C-print, Archival digital print, Selenium-toned gelatin-silver print, digital image, and mixed media.
Q: TO WHICH DIMENSIONS ARE YOU REFERRING?
A: The dimensions of the final product. For instance, if you print 20″x24″ Cibachrome and are submitting 8″x10″ digital prints please indicate the final version of the work.