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Applications open in January 2019 for the annual Calls for Entry!

The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. Images can be singular or part of a series. The Awards are divided into four categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, Director’s Choice and a new category, The Producer’s Choice Awards.

Winners receive publication in Lenscratch, admission to Review Santa Fe portfolio reviews, and participation in a winner’s exhibition at The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in North Carolina, curated by Mary Anne Redding. The exhibition, Full Circle: 2018 CENTER Award Winners, will be at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts from Friday, December 7, 2018 – Saturday, April 27, 2019.

2018 Choice Award Winners

Curator’s Choice Award
1st Place: Jerry Takigawa, Monterey, CA; Balancing Cultures
2nd Place: Jeffrey Heyne, Boston, MA; To Hunt a Moon
3rd Place: Vivien Allender, New York, NY; Global T(w)eens

Director’s Choice Award
1st Place: Fatemeh Baigmoradi, Albuquerque, NM; It’s Hard to Kill
2nd Place: Marcus DeSieno, Ellensburg, WA; No Man’s Land: Views From a Surveillance State
3rd Place: Zoe Perry-Wood, Lexington, MA; Hanging in the Balance, Portraits from the BAGLY Prom

Editor’s Choice Award
1st Place: Adair Freeman Rutledge, Seattle, WA; Azalea Trail Maids
2nd Place: Amber Shields, Austin, TX; Visions of Johanne – The Aging Female Body
3rd Place: Jodie Hulden, San Diego, CA; Left Behind

Producer’s Choice Award
1st Place: Tomas van Houtryve, Paris, France; Divided
2nd Place: Muriel Hasbun, Silver Springs, MD; Stories of Migration (Triptych)
3rd Place: Dirk Anschütz, Brooklyn, NY; Fathers and Sons

2018 Jurors

Lisa Hostetler, PhD, Curator-in-Charge, George Eastman Museum
Prior to the Eastman Museum she was the McEvoy Family Curator of Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and curator of photography at the Milwaukee Art Museum for seven years. Before her position in Milwaukee, Hostetler was a research associate in the photography department at the Met.
Naomi Cass, Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australia
Naomi Cass has worked in the fields of contemporary art, craft, design and music since completing her honours degree at the University of Melbourne. In 2009 she initiated Flash, a quarterly journal of reviews interviews and comment on photography and video, published by the Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Bridget Watson Payne, Senior Editor, Chronicle Books
Bridget is a writer, artist, and book editor. She is the author of the books including This is Happening: Life Through the Lens of Instagram, and New York Jackie: Pictures from Her Life in the City. With fifteen years of experience in the publishing industry, she has collaborated as an editor with hundreds of authors and artists to make their book ideas a beautiful reality.
Keith Jenkins, Director of Visual Journalism, NPR; formerly Supervising Senior Producer, Multimedia, NPR
Jenkins has been a digital manager and strategist specializing in visual storytelling. Jenkins’ teams have earned Pulitzer, Emmy, Peabody, Murrow, World Press, and Webby awards for The Washington Post, NPR, and National Geographic. Jenkins first came to NPR and spent 5 years setting up the Multimedia department at NPR.

2018 Award Package

First, second, and third awarded in each category : Curator’s, Director’s, Editor’s, and Producer’s

// Group exhibition of Award winners at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
// Complimentary participation in Review Santa Fe
// Lenscratch publication
// Special invitation to Art Photo Index (API)
// Online exhibition at


Winner’s Gallery