Project Launch FAQs

Project Launch FAQs

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CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Project Launch is granted to an outstanding photographer working on a fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a cash award to help complete or disseminate the works, as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.The Launch grant is awarded to complete or nearly completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package.

AWARD PACKAGE:
FIRST PLACE
// $5,000 Cash Award (some restrictions apply)
// Inclusion in a group exhibition
// Complimentary participation in Review Santa Fe Photo Festival
// Presentation at Review Santa Fe Photo Festival
// Editing Workshop
// Special invitation to participate in the Art Photo Index
// Lenscratch feature
// Online exhibition at VisitCenter.org

HONORABLE MENTION (2)
// $1,000 Cash Award
// Complimentary participation in Review Santa Fe
// Presentation at Review Santa Fe Photo Festival
// Special Invitation to participation in the Art Photo Index
// Lenscratch feature
// Online exhibition at VisitCenter.org

Please submit:
// 15-20 images from a complete or nearly complete body of work
// A project statement limited to 325 words
*Projects that have been exhibited in a solo museum exhibition are NOT eligible for Project Development Grant.

Q: WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
A: January 29, 2019 for discounted entry fees and February 24, 2019 at 11:59pm MST for Final Deadline.

Q: WHERE DO I APPLY?
A: You will apply on our online application.

CRITERIA & THE JURY PROCESS

Q: WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA?
A: 1) The images, as well as all submitted text, should be examples of excellence within the discipline, both visually and conceptually.
2) The grant winners 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 received.

Q: DO YOU “PRE-SCREEN”?
A: No, all work submitted is seen by each of the jurors.

Q: WHAT ARE JURORS LOOKING FOR?
A: The jurors are looking for cohesive, compelling bodies of work that are ready for international recognition.

Q: HOW IMPORTANT IS MY PROJECT STATEMENT?
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.

Q: WHAT SHOULD THE STATEMENT ADDRESS?
A: 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. You should also indicate the process and medium used.

Q: WILL I RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON THE WORK?
A: Due to the number of submissions the committee is unable to provide specific feedback.

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: MAY I SEND MY BOOK, POSTER, EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT, ETC.?
A: Websites, books, posters, announcements and other materials will not seen by the judges and will not be reviewed.

Q: CAN I SUBMIT TO BOTH THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECT LAUNCH GRANTS?
A: We understand that sometimes projects are a work-in-progress but may also be considered a cohesive body of work. You may choose to submit to both the Project Launch and Development Grants, however, if the situation arises that the project is awarded in one category, it would be disqualified from the other.

Q: CAN WE APPLY AS A DUO OR GROUP?
A: Yes, please use one artists name and information on the application, and in your project statement note that this is a collaboration and include 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: WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY ELIGIBILITY?
A: Please send an email to programs@visitcenter.org with a description of where the work has been seen and/or published.

APPLICATION FAQS

DIGITAL FILES:
All images must be uploaded through our online submission system. Files must be a jpg, sized 1400 pixels on the longest side. Files should be 500kb or smaller in size, with a minimum dpi of 72.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY IMAGE SIZE IS TOO LARGE?
A: Use a jpg quality level of 10 or high when saving. If you follow these guidelines, the size of your images will typically fall between 100-500k when it is closed. When the image is opened the file might be larger than 500k and that is acceptable.

Q: WHY DO MY IMAGES NOT HAVE THE CORRECT COLOR OR CONTRAST AND LOOK VERY SMALL ON APPLICATION?
A: Once you have uploaded your images to online application, you are now viewing them through an internet browser which does not recognize color profiles. Your images are unaltered by this process.

Q: HOW DO I TITLE & ORDER MY IMAGES?
A: 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, c_Title.jpg).

PROJECT STATEMENTS:
The first sentence of your project statement should include a short synopsis of the project. Please limit your statement to 325 words, and indicate the process or medium used and the final exhibition dimensions (ex. 8×10 black and white negative, 20×24 gelatin silver prints, or 35mm slides).

Q: WHERE DO I UPLOAD MY STATEMENT?
A: You will upload your artist statement within our online application form.

Q: DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT THE EXACT AMOUNT OF IMAGES PER THE GUIDELINES?
A: We will not disqualify entries that have less than the specified amount (15-20). However, do keep in mind that submitting fewer images may put you at a disadvantage.

Q: MAY I ENTER TWO OR MORE BODIES OF WORK?
A: Yes, you can submit more than one project, however, you MUST pay for and submit a new application for each body of work.

Q: MAY I ENTER THE SAME BODY OF WORK THAT I DID LAST YEAR?
A: Yes, each year the selection committee is different.

Q: MAY I ENTER WORK THAT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN A MAGAZINE?
A: You may submit work that has been published in a magazine to Project Launch ONLY – NOT to Project Development.

Q: MAY I COMBINE BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOR IMAGES INTO ONE BODY OF WORK?
A: Yes, as long as they are a part of the same body of work.

Q: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY PROCESS OR MEDIUM?
A: Examples: C-print, Archival digital print, Inkjet, Selenium-toned gelatin-silver print, digital image, mixed media, etc.

Q: TO WHICH DIMENSIONS ARE YOU REFERRING?
A: The dimensions of the final product for an exhibition. For instance, if you print 20″x24″ Cibachrome and are submitting 8″x10″ digital prints please indicate the final version of the work.

If you have additional questions, please see our General Guidelines page or contact us at programs@visitcenter.org

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