ANNUAL CALL FOR ENTRIES FAQS & GUIDELINES

The 2022 Call for Entries Are Open:
$1K ME&EVE GRANT $5K LAUNCH GRANT$5K DEVELOPMENT GRANTREVIEW SANTA FE PORTFOLIO REVIEWS • THE PERSONAL, SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDSMULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING AWARD

EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 3, 2022 – 11:59 PM MT

ELIGIBILITY

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, and mixed media that is photo-based. Only the Multimedia Storytelling Award and Review Santa Fe applications accept video, multimedia files, or still images for submission. Applicants may submit multiple projects within the same category as well as the same project to multiple categories.

• NOT ELIGIBLE: If a photographer is represented by a major international photographic agency ~ applies only to the Project Development Grant, Project Launch Grant, and the me&EVE Grant only.
• GRANT FUNDS: Granted funds may be used for most expenses related to the project. Please be aware that no additional funds are available for exhibition or travel expenses to Santa Fe should that be requested during the Review Santa Fe event. However, you may use the allotted funds for those expenses. The cash award is the total amount dispersed.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for our once annual Call for Entries, please email us at programs @ visitcenter.org before submitting your application.

CRITERIA & THE JURY PROCESS

Q: WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA?
A: 1) Projects, as well as all submitted text, should be examples of excellence within the discipline, both visually and conceptually. 
2) The award, grant, and Review Santa Fe recipients should be at a place in their work and career where they can benefit from the exposure, networks, and opportunities that CENTER offers.
 3) The photographer must be committed and able to ensure the advancement of the project with the grant funds and support is received.

Q: DO YOU “PRE-SCREEN”?

A: No, all work submitted is seen by the designated category jurors only.

Q: WHAT ARE JURORS LOOKING FOR?

A: The jurors are looking for cohesive, compelling bodies of work, or singular images, that are ready for international recognition and support.

Q: WILL I RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON THE WORK?
A: Due to the number of submissions, the committee cannot provide specific feedback at this time.

Q: IS THERE A TIME LIMIT WITHIN WHICH THE PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN?
A: No, you may submit any photograph regardless of the date it was taken.

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 this is a collaboration. To ensure a blind jury process, please do not list the group of artists’ names in the project statement. Please note that winners will receive one slot at Review Santa Fe, so the group would sit together in front of each reviewer.

APPLICATION FAQS

Q: WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
A: January 27, 2022, for the early bird discounted entry fees, and February 27, 2022, for the final payment and submission deadline. The online submission system will be open through 11:59 PM MT on March 3, 2022.

Q: WHEN ARE THE AWARD/GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS?
A: Award and Grant recipient announcements are currently scheduled to go out in mid-May.

Q: WHERE DO I APPLY/UPLOAD MY FILES?
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 and files must be uploaded through our online submission system. We accept JPG, PDF, TIFF & PNG files for all application categories. Additional accepted file types for only the Multimedia Award and Review Santa Fe include MP3, Mp4, and MOV. JPGs must be sized at 1400 pixels on the longest side with a 125 maximum dpi. Video and Audio files should be under 3 minutes and limited to 200 MB each. Keep any text or PDF documents under 5MB.

Q: HOW SHOULD I LABEL MY FILES?
A: 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, underscore, and the image title in the filename [ex: a_Title.jpg, b_Title.jpg].

Q: I JUST PAID, WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
A: CENTER will send you an email with the link to submit your application(s).

Q: WHERE IS MY CONFIRMATION EMAIL?
A: Please check your spam/junk folder for an email labeled ‘Awards, Grants, or Review Santa Fe Payment Confirmation’. If you don’t receive it after 30 minutes, please email us to troubleshoot. Add programs@visitcenter.org to your contacts so ensure we do not end up in your spam folder.

Q: WHY DO I HAVE TO REGISTER WITH SUBMITTABLE TO APPLY?
A: Registering for a free CENTER + Submittable account saves your contact information and allows you to choose a password so that you may log back in at any time to continue uploading or editing your submission(s). You must create or have a CENTER + Submittable account in order to successfully submit your application as a normal Submittable account will not work here.

Q: I’VE APPLIED TO CENTER’S CALL FOR ENTRIES IN THE PAST. DO I NEED TO RE-REGISTER WITH SUBMITTABLE?
A: Everyone who wants to apply must register or log in to their CENTER + Submittable account. However, if you already have a CENTER + Submittable account, please use that login as there is no need to create a new account each time you apply.

Q: I JUST SIGNED UP AS A MEMBER, WHERE IS MY SUBMISSION LOGIN INFORMATION?
A: Becoming a CENTER Member does not count as payment to the Call for Entries. You must fill out the application form and pay for your desired categories to receive the online submission instructions.

Q: IM A NEW CENTER MEMBER & AM HAVING AN ISSUE LOGGING INTO THE SUBMISSION PORTAL. WHY IS IT NOT REGISTERING MY NEW ACCOUNT FROM THE RECENT PAYMENT?
A: The CENTER and online submission system are two separate websites. Any information entered into the application form will not reflect in the CENTER + Submittable account. If you have never submitted your work to CENTER Call for Entries you will need to create a new account. Instructions on how to do so are located in your payment confirmation email.

Q: WHY CAN I NOT ACCESS SUBMITTABLE?
A: You most likely do not have a CENTER + Submittable account. A normal Submittable login will not work on our secondary site. Please note, submitting payment in the CENTER entry form does not create a CENTER + Submittable account. The information requested at the time of payment and submitting your work is separate.

Q: HOW CAN I EDIT MY SUBMISSION?
A: Only once you have submitted your application can you request to edit through the submission portal in your drafted submission or you can email us and request we re-open your submission. In the ‘My Submission’ tab under the application, you can access the editing field under the ‘Form’ tab. Changes are allowed until the final submission deadline.

Q: MAY I SUBMIT TWO OR MORE BODIES OF WORK TO THE SAME CATEGORY?
A: Yes, you can submit more than one portfolio to the same category, however, you must pay for any additional entries – this applies to all submission categories.

Q: DO YOU ACCEPT OR REQUIRE A RÉSUMÉ OR CV FOR APPLICATION?
A: No we do not accept or review any résumés or artist CVs that are submitted, mailed, or emailed to us. Résumés or CVs are requested from the Review Santa Fe invited photographers for mentorship and portfolio review prep.

Q: MAY I SEND WEBSITES, PRINTS, BOOKS, POSTERS, EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENTS, ETC. FOR SUBMISSION?
A: Websites, prints, books, posters, announcements, and other physical/emailed materials sent to us will are not be reviewed for submission to our Call for Entries. You must submit your work within the online submission portal for your work to be reviewed by the categories juror.

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.

Q: DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS FROM FEMALES TO THE ME&EVE GRANT OR ONLY LGBTQ+ INDIVIDUALS?
A: Yes, the me&EVE Grant accepts submissions from the following: women, female-identified, non-binary, transgender, gender non-conforming, or two-spirited photographer, that are 40 years of age and over.

Q: WHAT TYPE OF PROCESSES ARE ACCEPTED FOR SUBMISSION?
A: Work derived from all photographic processes is accepted, including mixed media that is photo-based to all submissions.

PROJECT STATEMENTS
Required for all Award, Grant, and Review Santa Fe categories, project statements are limited to 325-words. The first sentence of your project statement should include a short synopsis of the project. As our jurying process is blind, please do not include your name, any website links, or emails in your statement.

Q: WHERE DO I UPLOAD MY STATEMENT?
A: You will upload your project statement within our online application form that is provided via email.

Q: HOW IMPORTANT IS THE PROJECT STATEMENT & WHAT SHOULD IT ADDRESS?
A: The project statement is very important and will often move a submission forward in the judging process or conversely, a poorly executed statement will eliminate the project. The first sentence of your statement should include a short synopsis of the project. The overall 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: WHAT INFORMATION IS PROHIBITIVE TO ADD IN THE PROJECT STATEMENT?
A: To ensure a blind jury process, we ask that you please do not include any information that includes the names of involved artists in the project statement. Include one artist’s name in the application form and include information about how many individuals are involved, but please no names.

Q: WHERE CAN I INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROCESS AND MEDIUM OF MY WORK?
A: We have included a new section for you to indicate the process and the medium used for your project, series, singular images, or multimedia project. Previously requested in the project statement section, we have moved this inquiry to its own section so as to not take away from the project statements’ word count.

SUBMISSION FEES

CENTER is a not-for-profit organization that honors, supports, and provides opportunities for gifted and committed photographers. We have submission fees for our Call for Entry opportunities for the following reasons: we compensate all of the jurors/reviewers/mentors, provide orientations for each to ensure mutual investment in the process, we keep all submissions and alumni projects in our database to provide access to the jurors long after the judging, allowing them to reference work at any time, as well as providing CENTER partners and staff a reference for any upcoming exhibition or publishing opportunities.

Submission Fee Waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for those that cannot afford the entry fees for whatever reason. To apply, you must fill out the Submission Fee Waiver Request Form before the deadline of 11:59 PM MT on February 25, 2022. Please note, there are no extensions for the submission fee waiver.

Have additional questions? Please contact us at programs @ visitcenter.org

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/grant 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 in the upcoming year.

LIABILITY:
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.

USAGE:
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, portfolio review events and other programs. 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. All promotional pieces include credit to the photographer.

Submission entry to any of CENTER’s Awards, Grants, or portfolio review, signifies acceptance of all the above conditions stated.

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