CALLS FOR ENTRY

– Founded in 1994, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, CENTER has been advancing projects for 29 years. Through our grants, awards, exhibitions, and portfolio review programs, CENTER can provide direct funding to projects and offer professional development opportunities.

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General Eligibility: All of CENTER’s Calls for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work can have been made at any time, and work that has been previously submitted may be re-submitted as we invite new jurors each year. Work derived from all photographic processes is accepted, as well as mixed media that is photo-based. The Multimedia Award and Review Santa Fe applications accept video, multimedia files, and/or still images for submission.

EARLY DISCOUNT DEADLINE:
02.15.23

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
03.15.23

$5,000 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Provides financial support to a fine art, documentary, or photojournalistic work-in-progress.
Image Credit © Maximilain Thuemler
Image detail from the series Born From the Limb © Maximilian Thuemler – 2022 Project Development Grant recipient

Package:
• $5,000 Grant
• Winners Exhibition at CCA Santa Fe
• Professional Development Seminars
• Review Santa Fe Admission
• Project Presentation
• Publication in LENSCRATCH
• Inclusion in the CENTER Winners Gallery & Archive

Final Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023

    HOW TO APPLY:
    1). Fill out the application form and pay for your desired categories
    2). Prepare files and project information

    • 6 – 10 images
    • Project statement of 325-words

    3). Upload your submission before the final deadline

    ELIGIBILITY:
    • GRANT REQUIREMENTS: The Project Development Grant funds and package are provided to a work-in-progress only.
    • ELIGIBLE: All of CENTER’s Calls for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work can have been made at any time and work that has been submitted previously may be re-submitted as we have new jurors each year. Work derived from all photographic processes is accepted, as well as mixed media that is photo-based.
    • NOT ELIGIBLE: If the photographer is represented by a major international photographic agency. Applies to the Project Launch Grant, Project Development Grant and the Me&Eve Grant only.
    • FUNDS: Provided grant funds may be used for most expenses related to the project.

    Learn more about the Project Development Grant.

    EARLY BIRD APPLICATION FEES: $35 CENTER Member // $45 Non-Member
    GENERAL FEE: $45 CENTER Member // $55 Non-Member

    Submission Fee Waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for those that cannot afford the entry fees for whatever reason. To apply, you must fill out the Submission Fee Waiver Request Form before the deadline of March 6, 2023. More information about why CENTER has entry fees and details about the Fee Waiver can be found at the bottom of our FAQ webpage.

    Please note, as we are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, application fees for all categories are non-refundable after the submission deadline.

    Visit our FAQs & Guidelines for more information. Questions? Contact us before submitting.

$5,000 PROJECT LAUNCH GRANT

Provides financial support to a complete or nearly completed, documentary project or fine art series.
Image Credit © David Walter Banks
Image detail from the series Practice Resurrection © David Walter Banks – 2022 Project Launch Grant recipient

Package:
• $5,000 Grant
• Winners Exhibition at CCA Santa Fe
• Professional Development Seminars
• Review Santa Fe Admission
• Project Presentation
• Publication in LENSCRATCH
• Inclusion in the CENTER Winners Gallery & Archive

Final Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023

    HOW TO APPLY:
    1). Fill out the application form and pay for your desired categories
    2). Prepare files and project information

    • 15 – 20 images
    • Project statement of 325-words

    3). Upload your submission before the final deadline

    ELIGIBILITY:
    • GRANT REQUIREMENTS: The Project Launch Grant funds and package are provided to a complete or nearly completed project or series only.
    • ELIGIBLE: All of CENTER’s Calls for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work can have been made at any time and work that has been submitted previously may be re-submitted as we have new jurors each year. Work derived from all photographic processes is accepted, as well as mixed media that is photo-based.
    • NOT ELIGIBLE: If the photographer is represented by a major international photographic agency. Applies to the Project Launch Grant, Project Development Grant and the Me&Eve Grant only.
    • FUNDS: Provided grant funds may be used for most expenses related to the project.

    Learn more about the Project Launch Grant.

    EARLY BIRD APPLICATION FEES: $35 CENTER Member // $45 Non-Member
    GENERAL FEES: $45 CENTER Member // $55 Non-Member

    Submission Fee Waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for those that cannot afford the entry fees for whatever reason. To apply, you must fill out the Submission Fee Waiver Request Form before the deadline of March 6, 2023. More information about why CENTER has entry fees and details about the Fee Waiver can be found at the bottom of our FAQ webpage.

    Please note, as we are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, application fees for all categories are non-refundable after the submission deadline.

    Visit our FAQs & Guidelines for more information. Questions? Contact us before submitting.

$1,000 ME&EVE GRANT

Provides financial support to a female, non-binary, transgender, gender non-conforming, or two-spirited identifying photographer, 40 years of age and over.
Image Credit © Heather Evans Smith
Image detail from the series Blue © Heather Evans Smith – 2022 Me&Eve Grant recipient

Package:
• $1,000 Grant
• Winners Exhibition at CCA Santa Fe
• Professional Development Seminars
• Review Santa Fe Admission
• Project Presentation
• Publication in LENSCRATCH
• Inclusion in the CENTER Winners Gallery & Archive

Final Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023

    HOW TO APPLY:
    1). Fill out the application form and pay for your desired categories
    2). Prepare files and project information

    • 15 – 20 images
    • Project statement of 325-words

    3). Upload your submission before the final deadline

    ELIGIBILITY:
    • GRANT REQUIREMENTS: The me&EVE Grant funds and package are provided to a female, non-binary, transgender, gender non-conforming, or two-spirited identifying photographer, 40 years of age and over.
    • ELIGIBLE: All of CENTER’s Calls for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work can have been made at any time, and work that has been previously submitted may be re-submitted as we invite new jurors each year.
    • NOT ELIGIBLE: Grant recipient must identify as a female, non-binary, transgender, non-conforming, or two-spirited individual in order to receive the Grant Package and funds. If the photographer is represented by a major international photographic agency.
    • FUNDS: Provided grant funds may be used for most expenses related to the project.

    Learn more about the Me&Eve Grant.

    EARLY BIRD APPLICATION FEES: $35 CENTER Member // $45 Non-Member
    GENERAL FEES: $45 CENTER Member // $55 Non-Member

    Submission Fee Waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for those that cannot afford the entry fees for whatever reason. To apply, you must fill out the Submission Fee Waiver Request Form before the deadline of March 6, 2023. More information about why CENTER has entry fees and details about the Fee Waiver can be found at the bottom of our FAQ webpage.

    Please note, as we are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, application fees for all categories are non-refundable after the submission deadline.

    Visit our FAQs & Guidelines for more information. Questions? Contact us before submitting.

EXCELLENCE IN MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING AWARD

Recognizes an outstanding storyteller using lens-based media to create narrative-driven projects. The award is open, but not limited to, photography, video, new media, photojournalism, installation, and web-based works.
Image Credit © Dan Fenstermacher
Image detail from the series Food Chain © Dan Fenstermacher – 2022 Excellence in Multimedia Award recipient

Package:
• Winners Exhibition at CCA Santa Fe
• Professional Development Seminars
• Review Santa Fe Admission
• Project Presentation
• Publication in LENSCRATCH
• Inclusion in the CENTER Winners Gallery & Archive

Final Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023

    HOW TO APPLY:
    1). Fill out the application form and pay for your desired categories
    2). Prepare files and project information

    • Up to 6 files* from a project or series; *additional files are $5 each
    • Project statement limited to 325-words

    3). Upload your submission before the final deadline

    ELIGIBILITY:
    • ELIGIBLE: All of CENTER’s Calls for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work can have been made at any time, and work that has been previously submitted may be re-submitted as we invite new jurors each year. Work derived from all photographic processes is accepted, and mixed media that is photo-based. Only the Multimedia Storytelling Award and Review Santa Fe accepts video, multimedia files, or still images for submission.
    • APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Submission of more than 6 files requires $5 for each additional file up to 20, applies to the Multimedia, Personal, Social, and Environmental Awards only. Please note, the Jurors will only review paid-for images and files.
    • FILE REQUIREMENTS: Accepted file types for only the Multimedia Award and Review Santa Fe includes PDF, JPG, MP3, Mp4, and MOV. Learn more about file sizing and naming on our FAQs page.

    Learn more about the Excellence in Multimedia Storytelling Award.

    EARLY BIRD APPLICATION FEES: $35 CENTER Member // $45 Non-Member
    GENERAL FEES: $45 CENTER Member // $55 Non-Member

    Submission Fee Waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for those that cannot afford the entry fees for whatever reason. To apply, you must fill out the Submission Fee Waiver Request Form before the deadline of March 6, 2023. More information about why CENTER has entry fees and details about the Fee Waiver can be found at the bottom of our FAQ webpage.

    Please note, as we are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, application fees for all categories are non-refundable after the submission deadline.

    Visit our FAQs & Guidelines for more information. Questions? Contact us before submitting.

THE CENTER AWARDS: PERSONAL, SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL

Recognizing outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter in three categories: Personal, Social, and Environmental. A broad and inclusive interpretation of the themes is highly encouraged.
Image Credit © Hannah Altman
Image detail from the series A Permanent Home in the Mouth of the Sun © Hannah Altman – 2022 Social Award Honorable Mention

Package:
• Winners Exhibition at CCA Santa Fe
• Professional Development Seminars
• Review Santa Fe Admission
• Project Presentation
• Publication in LENSCRATCH
• Inclusion in the CENTER Winners Gallery & Archive
Final Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023

    HOW TO APPLY:
    1). Fill out the application form and pay for your desired categories
    2). Prepare files and project information

    • Up to 6 images; additional images are $5 each
    • Project statement of 325-words

    3). Upload your submission before the final deadline

    ELIGIBILITY:
    • AWARD REQUIREMENTS: Submit to an individual category, or all three Awards – Personal, Social and Environmental. One recipient awarded in each category.
    • ELIGIBLE: All of CENTER’s Calls for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work can have been made at any time, and work that has been previously submitted may be re-submitted as we invite new jurors each year. Work derived from all photographic processes is accepted, and mixed media that is photo-based.
    • APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Submission of more than 6 files requires $5 for each additional file up to 20, applies to the Personal, Social, Environmental, and Multimedia Awards only. Please note, the Jurors will only review paid-for images and files.

    Learn more about the three CENTER Awards.

    EARLY BIRD APPLICATION FEES: $35 CENTER Member // $45 Non-Member
    GENERAL FEES: $45 CENTER Member // $55 Non-Member

    Submission Fee Waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for those that cannot afford the entry fees for whatever reason. To apply, you must fill out the Submission Fee Waiver Request Form before the deadline of March 6, 2023. More information about why CENTER has entry fees and details about the Fee Waiver can be found at the bottom of our FAQ webpage.

    Please note, as we are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, application fees for all categories are non-refundable after the submission deadline.

    Visit our FAQs & Guidelines for more information. Questions? Contact us before submitting.

REVIEW SANTA FE PHOTO SYMPOSIUM

CENTER’s premier juried portfolio review event and conference for lens-based artists seeking audience expansion, critical discussion, and community connection. Scheduled to take place November 16-19, 2023, in historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Image Credit © Tyler Green
Image detail from the series The Missing Forest © Tyler Green – 2022 Review Santa Fe Alum

Tuition & Scholarships:
Scholarships and payment plans are available for invited photographers.
Package:
• Up to 9 Portfolio Reviews
• Portfolio Walk Public Exposition
• Private Receptions
• Inclusion in the Review Santa Fe Listing & Archive

Final Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023

    HOW TO APPLY:
    1). Fill out the application form and pay for your desired categories
    2). Prepare files and project information

    • 15 – 20 images
    • Project statement of 325-words

    3). Upload your submission before the final deadline

    ELIGIBILITY:
    • ELIGIBLE: All of CENTER’s Calls for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work can have been made at any time, and work that has been previously submitted may be re-submitted as we invite new jurors each year. Work derived from all photographic processes is accepted, and mixed media that is photo-based. Only the Multimedia Storytelling Award and Review Santa Fe accepts video, multimedia files, or still images for submission.
    • REVIEW PACKAGE: up to 9 portfolio reviews, inclusion in the Review Santa Fe Listing, participation in the Portfolio Walk*, access to Presentations, Panel Discussions, and other programs. | *Please note, the scheduled in-person programming is subject to change, and CENTER reserves the right to make the necessary changes based on the latest studies and updates regarding the COVID-19 virus and its variants to ensure the safety of its staff, participants, and public.
    • EVENT: You must receive an email invitation from us directly in order to attend the review event. With this in mind, there is a waitlist that is determined by the selection committee voting. After invitation, you will be provided with an event schedule that includes your schedule for portfolio reviews, and a list of the available programs throughout the weekend.
    • REVIEWER SELECTION: Reviewer preferences are selected via an electric lottery system two weeks prior to the event. Please note, occasionally there are additional portfolio reviews that become available during the weekend’s event, and are available for as first-come-first-serve during the review weekend.
    • SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarship applications open after invitations have been sent out. If selected for financial assistance, the provided scholarships range in the amount of either half or full-tuition. Please be prepared to pay the remainder should you not receive a scholarship.

    Learn more about the Review Santa Fe Portoflio Reviews.

    EARLY BIRD APPLICATION FEES: $45 CENTER Member // $55 Non-Member
    GENERAL FEES: $55 CENTER Member // $65 Non-Member

    Submission Fee Waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for those that cannot afford the entry fees for whatever reason. To apply, you must fill out the Submission Fee Waiver Request Form before the deadline of March 6, 2023. More information about why CENTER has entry fees and details about the Fee Waiver can be found at the bottom of our FAQ webpage.

    Please note, as we are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, application fees for all categories are non-refundable after the submission deadline.

    Visit our FAQs & Guidelines for more information. Questions? Contact us before submitting.

BLUE EARTH FISCAL SPONSORSHIP

NEW IN 2023: CENTER is pleased to add the Blue Earth Fiscal Sponsorship program to our services for photographers and filmmakers. We are accepting lens-based project proposals allowing photographers to seek grants and tax-deductible donations.
Image Credit © Daniel Beltrá
Image detail from the series Our Warming World © Daniel Beltrá – Review Santa Fe Alum & Blue Earth Sponsored Project

Package:
• 1-Year Sponsorship
• Professional Development Seminars
• Review Santa Fe Admission
• Project Presentation
• Publication in LENSCRATCH
• Inclusion in the CENTER Winners Gallery & Archive
Selection Committee:
Blue Earth Council Members

Final Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023

    HOW TO APPLY:
    1). Fill out the application form and pay for your desired categories
    2). Prepare files and project information

    • Project Proposal PDF – 2 pages or less
    • Your Resume – including physical address, phone number, and email
    • Proposed Project Schedule
    • Proposed Budget – including a line item for your pay
    • Sources – a list of funders you plan to approach
    • References – (3) with email address and phone number
    • Up to 20 images and/or videos from a recent body of work

    3). Upload your submission before the final deadline

    ELIGIBILITY:
    • ELIGIBLE: All of CENTER’s Calls for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work submitted to the Blue Earth: Sponsorship needs to be a current project, and work that has been previously submitted may be re-submitted each year.

    Learn more about the Blue Earth Fiscal Sponsorship.

    ENTRY FEES:
    EARLY BIRD APPLICATION FEES: $60 CENTER Member // $70 Non-Member
    GENERAL FEES: $70 CENTER Member // $80 Non-Member

    Submission Fee Waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for those that cannot afford the entry fees for whatever reason. To apply, you must fill out the Submission Fee Waiver Request Form before the deadline of March 6, 2023. More information about why CENTER has entry fees and details about the Fee Waiver can be found at the bottom of our FAQ webpage.

    Please note, as we are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, application fees for all categories are non-refundable after the submission deadline.

    Visit our FAQs & Guidelines for more information. Questions? Contact us before submitting.

$5,000 CALLANAN EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD

Honors a high school, college, or postgraduate teacher’s dedication and commitment to their students and field. Educators in all areas of photographic teaching are eligible including fine art, documentary, history, and criticism.
Image Credit © Uche Okpa-Iroha
Image detail from the series The Plantation Boy © Uche Okpa-Iroha – 2022 Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award recipient

Package:
• $5,000 Award
• Professional Development Seminars
• Review Santa Fe Admission
• CENTER Supporting Level Membership
• Inclusion in the CENTER Winners Gallery & Archive
Juror:
Uche Okpa-IrohaFounder and Director, Nlele Institute Lagos – 2022 Award Recipient

Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2023

 

    HOW TO NOMINATE:
    1). Prepare Nomination Information

    • Educator’s title, affiliation and contact information
    • Nomination statement limited to 3 paragraphs

    2). Fill out the Award Nomination Form
    3). Submit your free nomination before the deadline

    ELIGIBILITY:
    • AWARD CRITERIA: Educators must be nominated by their student(s) or colleague to be considered and must possess the following: A genuine passion for teaching, an ability to excite students to learn, respect for students as individuals, and an enduring artistic curiosity.

    Learn more about the Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award.

    Questions? Contact us before submitting.

Apply for the chance to join the prestigious CENTER Circle of Alumni. Entry fees start at $35 for CENTER Members!
Join us as we embark on a new year of supporting photographers, lens-based artists, storytellers, and truth-tellers.

QUESTIONS?

Please visit our FAQs & Guidelines page or feel free to contact us

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH MARCH 15, 2023, at 11:59pm MST

SUPPORTERS

CENTER’s Calls for Entry, exhibitions, presentations, and career advancement programs are made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax:

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