Image detail from the series The Dissolving Landscape © Ella Morton, 2021 Environmental Award

2022 Call for Entries Now Open

The CENTER Awards recognize outstanding images, singular or part of a series, in three categories: Personal, Social, and Environmental. A broad and inclusive interpretation of the themes is highly encouraged. All submissions will become part of the CENTER archive serving as an ongoing mission-driven fine art and documentary imagery resource. One winner is selected for each award category.

The Personal Awards recognize work engaging in the exploration, expression, the power of self-representation and/or underrepresented experiences. Projects related to identity, self-improvement, mental health, individualism, accessibility, disability, or other topics are invited to apply.

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.


// Mentorship
// Review Santa Fe Admission and Project Presentation
// Group Exhibition of Award & Grant Winners at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
// Featured Project Publications with Lenscratch, Analog Forever Magazine, and other CENTER Partners
// Permanent Online Exhibition with CENTER


Danyelle Means – Executive Director, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe

Danyelle Means is the Executive Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Means has served as the Director of Advancement at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the Executive Director of the IAIA Foundation. During her tenure at IAIA, like many in the philanthropic sector, Means and her staff shifted all efforts online during the pandemic, bringing IAIA one of the most successful fundraising years ever.

Means draws from her museum experience at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) where she oversaw several exhibitions at the New York venue. The newly formed Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy recognized her work in the philanthropic sector with the inaugural Shine Award for lighting a path for other women of color in the field.

Raised on the Rosebud Reservation and proud member of the Oglala Lakota tribe in South Dakota, Means hopes to inspire other BIPOC philanthropic and non-profit professionals to strive for greatness, remembering that she and so many others like her are their ancestors’ greatest hopes and dreams for the future.


Jess T. Dugan – Artist & Co-Founder, Strange Fire Collective

Jess T. Dugan is the co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective, a group of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces. Strange Fire’s collective practice is centered around increasing the visibility of meaningful work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists and creating dialogue and community through publications, exhibitions, and events. Jess is an artist whose work explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Their work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 40 museums throughout the United States. Their monographs include Look at me like you love me (MACK, 2022), To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). They are the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change.


Paula Trotto – Photo Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund

Paula Trotto is a photo/video producer, photo editor, and researcher at Environmental Defense Fund –  where she specializes in visual storytelling in print publications as well as online content.

Previously she worked with, and on magazine publications such as Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Businessweek, Real Simple Magazine, and Travel and Leisure.  She has served as a Portfolio Consultant for SPD (Society of Publication Design) Portfolio Review sessions, and projects that she has collaborated on have won Honoree spots via the Webby Awards. 




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