Image from the series A Permanent Home in the Mouth of the Sun © Hannah Altman, 2022 Social Award Honorable Mention

2023 Applications are with the Jurors

The CENTER Awards recognize outstanding images, singular or part of a series, in three categories: Personal, Social, and Environmental. All submissions will become part of the CENTER archive serving as an ongoing mission-driven fine art and documentary imagery resource.

A broad and inclusive interpretation of the themes is encouraged:
• The Personal Awards recognize work engaging in the exploration, expression, the power of self-representation and/or underrepresented experiences.
• The Social Awards recognize work engaged in social issues. All projects exploring social topics or themes are eligible.
• The Environmental Awards recognize work focusing on the state of the ecological environment. Topics may include but are not limited to, conservation, biodiversity, ecology, climate change, or other issues concerning the natural world. All projects exploring ecological relationships, topics, or themes are eligible.


– The Personal, Social, and Environmental Awards support one artist each.

• 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



Amanda Hajjar • Director of Exhibitions, Fotografiska New York

Amanda Hajjar is the Founding Director of Exhibitions of Fotografiska New York. Hajjar collaborates with world-renowned artists to bring their exhibitions from initial concept to final reality. She has juried numerous awards, most recently the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award (2022), the PHMuseum 2022 Women Photographers Grant, and the Leica Women Foto Project Award (2022). Prior to Fotografiska, Hajjar was an Artist Liaison at Gagosian Gallery New York where she organized more than 50 exhibitions with artists and their estates. Hajjar graduated with a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.


Nakyung Han • Deputy Photo Editor, Features, The New York Times

Nakyung is a Deputy Photo Editor for Features and Business with The New York Times.

She started at The New York Times in 2005 where she had picture editing tours of duty on the Business, Culture, Metro, and Science desks.

Previously, she was a photo editor for a variety of magazines, including Fortune, New York Magazine, and Budget Travel, though her roots can be traced to The Village Voice newspaper.


Quentin Nardi • Chief Photo Editor, Smithsonian magazine

Quentin Nardi, Chief Photo Editor for the Smithsonian magazine, is a photo editor/director professional with 20 years of national magazine and photo editing experience in both print and digital platforms.