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 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 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 Personal, Social and Environmental Awards support one artist each.
• Review Santa Fe Admission and Project Presentation
• Group Exhibition of Award & Grant Winners at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
• Project Publication with Lenscratch & Feature Shoot
• Inclusion in the CENTER Image Library & Archive
WINNER: Esha Chiocchio, Santa Fe, NM; Good Earth
From the project statement – “In New Mexico, where I have lived for over twenty years, conventional agriculture, excessive grazing, misguided stormwater management, and a multi-year drought are causing the desertification of our already arid lands. As an optimist, scholar of sustainable communities, and climate educator, I am interested in solutions. When I look at the many ways we can mitigate and adapt to the changing climate, soil health is of prime importance.”
JUROR: Paula Trotto – Photo Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
Paula Trotto is a photo/video producer, photo editor, and researcher at the Environmental Defense Fund – where she specializes in visual storytelling in print publications as well as online content.
Previously she worked with NRDC.org, 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.
WINNER: Arista Slater-Sandoval, Santa Fe, NM; Parable for Hysteria
From the project statement – “The threat, and eventual demonstration of physical pain is a strong coercive act. The listener may not be able to trust the confessions given but the pain is real… Parable for Hysteria is an introspective examination on culturally conditioned aspects of femininity within the domestic sphere. Contrasting the realm of the home with photographic images alluding to mental or physical pain, the two fold nature of domesticity in contemporary life is exposed as mundane and burdensome, yet self- enforced. With no one else present, the subject becomes their own judge, jury, and executioner.”
JUROR: 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.
WINNER: Luis Corzo, Brooklyn, NY; Pasaco, 1996
From the project statement – “(Guatemala City, Guatemala) On the 18th of April, 1996, my father and I were abducted from our home and held captive for thirty-three days by an organized crime group known as “Los Pasaco”. In the early 90s, “Los Pasaco” were the most feared and notorious group of criminals in the country… Pasaco, 1996 is an investigative photography project that revisits this act. The main objective of this project is to initiate conversations surrounding the story; those of violence, corruption, capital punishment, and criminal rehabilitation.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Debe Arlook, Santa Monica, CA; one, one thousand
From the project statement – “one, one thousand… is a love story and an unconventional documentary exposing the impact a rare and incurable form of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, has on a mother and son’s experience of life-long care. This is a family caregiver’s story of devotion and perseverance.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Hannah Altman, Barrington, RI; A Permanent Home in the Mouth of the Sun
From the project statement – “A Permanent Home in the Mouth of the Sun explores Jewish diaspora, world building, and sacred time through photographic narratives that build from interpreted ritual and motifs in Yiddish folklore. Judaic stories often consider the polarity of exile; with one hand we tend to ancestral wounds that compel the notion to shield and assimilate, with the other we knead an ancestral resilience that allows us to continually revisit actions, places, and objects as they fit into new spaces of care and translation.”
JUROR: 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.