2021 Call for Entries Open for Submission
The Excellence in Multimedia Storytelling Award recognizes an outstanding storyteller using lens-based media to create narrative-driven projects, open, but not limited to, photography, video, new media, installation, and web-based works.
2021 Juror to be announced, please find the 2020 juror below.
Carrie Levy – Creative Director, The New York Times
Carrie Levy started her career as a photographer and photo editor. Today she is a Creative Director who concentrates on experiences and storytelling with emerging technology tools. Carrie has worked as a creative lead at Airbnb, Instagram, and Apple. She has worked at various prestigious publications including Wired, GQ, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and more.
General Application Guidelines
• Up to 6 singular files* from a project or series; *additional files $5 each
• 325-word Project Statement
Early Discount Deadline: March 20, 2021
Final Submission Deadline: April 20, 2021
Early Discounted Entry Fee:
$25 members / $35 non-members
All of CENTER’s Call for Entries 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. Only the Multimedia Award accepts video, multimedia files, and/or still images for submission. File formatting requirements for all categories listed below.
Submission of more than 6 files requires a payment of $5 for each additional file up to 20. This applies to all 3 Choice Awards and the Multimedia Award ONLY.
CRITERIA & THE JURY PROCESS
Q: WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA?
A: Projects, as well as all submitted text, should be examples of excellence within the discipline, both visually and conceptually.
Q: DO YOU “PRE-SCREEN”?
A: No, all work submitted is seen by the jurors only.
Q: WHAT ARE JURORS LOOKING FOR?
A: The jurors are looking for cohesive, compelling bodies of work that are ready for international recognition.
Q: WILL I RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON THE WORK?
A: Due to the number of submissions the committee is unable to provide specific feedback at this time but we will let you know if the work advances to the higher rounds of judging.
Q: MAY I SEND MY BOOK, POSTER, EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT, ETC.?
A: Websites, books, posters, announcements, and other materials will not be seen by the judges or reviewed for submission.
Q: CAN WE APPLY AS A DUO OR GROUP?
A: Yes, please use one artist’s name and information on the application, and in your project statement note that it is a collaboration and includes all names. Please note that winners will receive one slot at Review Santa Fe, so the group would sit together in front of each reviewer.
Q: WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
A: March 20, 2021 for discounted entry fees and April 20, 2021 for the final submission deadline.
Q: WHERE DO I APPLY?
A: You will apply within our online submission system that is sent to you via email once your payment has been processed.
Q: WHAT ARE THE FILE REQUIREMENTS?
A: All images/files must be uploaded through our online system. Accepted file types for the Multimedia Award only include PDF, JPG, MP3, Mp4, and MOV. Please keep video and audio files to under 3 minutes and under 200MB. When submitting JPGs, please size at 1400 pixels on the longest side with a minimum dpi of 72. To successfully order files during upload, we suggest you rename files before uploading them as they are uploaded and organized in alpha order. Begin the filename with a lower-case alphabetical letter. Include the title in the filename after the letter and underscore [ex: a_Title.jpg, b_Title.jpg].
Q: WHY DO MY IMAGES NOT HAVE THE CORRECT COLOR OR CONTRAST AND LOOK VERY SMALL ON APPLICATION FORM?
A: Once you have uploaded your images to the application form, you are now viewing them through an internet browser that does not recognize color profiles. Your images are unaltered by this process.
Q: MAY I SUBMIT TWO OR MORE BODIES OF WORK?
A: Yes, you can submit more than one portfolio to the same category, however you must pay for an additional entry. This applies to all categories open for submission.
Q: MAY I COMBINE BLACK & WHITE AND COLOR IMAGES INTO ONE BODY OF WORK?
A: Yes, all types of image processes are allowed into each submission.
The first sentence of your project statement should include a short synopsis of the project. Statements are limited to 325 words and should indicate the process or medium used as well as the final exhibition dimensions [ex. 8×10 black and white negative, 20×24 gelatin silver prints, or 35mm slides].
Q: HOW IMPORTANT IS MY PROJECT STATEMENT & WHAT SHOULD IT ADDRESS?
A: The project statement is very important and it will often move a submission forward in the judging or conversely, a poorly executed statement will eliminate the project. The statement should address the “why” more than the “what.” For example, address why you decided to photograph the subject and what your photographs are meant to convey.
Q: WHERE DO I UPLOAD MY STATEMENT?
A: You will upload your artist statement within our online application form.
Q: TO WHICH DIMENSIONS ARE YOU REFERRING TO INCLUDE IN THE PROJECT STATEMENT?
A: The dimensions of the final product. For instance, if you print 20″x24″ Cibachrome and are submitting 8″x10″ digital prints please indicate the final version of the work.
Terms & Conditions
As we are a small 501c3 non-profit organization, application fees for all categories are non-refundable after the submission deadline.
WHO CAN ENTER:
The Awards, Grants, and Review Santa Fe are open to submissions from all photographers, national and international. CENTER employees, board members, advisory council members, contest sponsors, and family members of the aforementioned may not apply to the Awards, Grants, and/or Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Previous CENTER cash award winners may enter but are ineligible to win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, or Honorable Mention again for up to 3 years. Honorable Mention finalists may enter and are eligible to win.
National and International submissions are welcome to all categories. All winners are responsible for the duties of any prizes awarded and the shipping, packing, and delivery of work for exhibitions, Review Santa Fe, or our Summer programs. Please note, CENTER is not liable for any damage as a result of shipping, packaging, or delivery of work.
The photographer always retains the rights to their submitted images. By completing the application, the photographer grants CENTER permission, upon receiving an Award, Grant, or invitation to Review Santa Fe, to reproduce works from their submitted materials in connection with the administration, judging, and promotion of CENTER, the Awards, Grants, and portfolio review events. Permissible uses of the images submitted shall include their reproduction, distribution, and display in CENTER exhibitions, multimedia presentations, and printed materials related to the promotion of CENTER and the Awards, Grants, and events. CENTER shall have the right to grant permissions to the press and publicity agents in connection with the promotion of the CENTER Awards, exhibitions, and related events. Each year, all of the Award and Grant recipients, including the Honorable Mentions, are asked to donate a print to CENTER.
Submission entry to any of CENTER’s Awards, Grants, or portfolio review, signifies acceptance of all the above conditions stated.