REVIEW SANTA FE FAQs

REVIEW SANTA FE FAQs

© Jeffrey Heyne, 2018 Review Santa Fe Alum

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Submit:
// 15-20 images from a body of work
// Project Statement limited to 325-words

Early Discount Deadline: March 20, 2021
Final Submission Deadline: April 20, 2021

Discounted Entry Fee:
$25 Members // $35 Non-Members

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, as well as mixed media that is photo-based. Only the Multimedia Award accepts video, multimedia files, and/or still images for submission.

• EVENT: In order to attend the review event, you must receive an INVITATION from us directly. With this in mind, yes, there is a waitlist that is chosen by the selection committee. After invitation, you will be provided with an event schedule that includes nine, 20-min formal portfolio reviews over the course of the week, a list of the available Photographer Presentations, Scholar Presentations, and other events throughout the weekend. Reviewer preferences are selected via an electric lottery system two weeks prior to the event in October. Online juried portfolio review dates: October 12 – 17, 2021

• SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarship applications open after invitations have been sent out in June. If selected for financial assistance, the provided scholarships range in the amount of either half or full-tuition. Please be prepared to pay either full or half tuition should you not receive a scholarship.

CRITERIA & THE JURY PROCESS

Q: WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA?
A: The selection committee is looking for cohesive, compelling bodies of work that may be relevant for the reviewers and that may benefit from wider recognition.

Q: WHO IS THE SELECTION COMMITTEE?
A: Three photography professionals representing different aspects of the field (ex: a curator, a gallerist, and an editor). Two of the committee members have attended Review Santa Fe as reviewers and have a keen understanding of the types of work that fit best with this particular review event. Read the 2020 Selection Committee Statements here.

Q: HOW DOES THE SELECTION PROCESS WORK?
A: Three photography professionals rank every project. The highest in the points receive invitations to attend, and the next 50 highest are invited on the waitlist. *Please note, Review Santa Fe is not a competition, it is a selection of projects best suited to take advantage of the opportunities the flagship event offers.

Q: DO YOU “PRE-SCREEN”?
A: No, all work submitted is seen by the selection committee only.

Q: WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING IN?
A: Approximately 1 in 5 applicants are accepted into Review Santa Fe.

Q: IS THERE A WAITLIST?
A: Yes, the waitlist is chosen by the selection committee and photographers must be invited to be on the waitlist.

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

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 this is a collaboration and include all names. Please note that the group will receive one slot at Review Santa Fe, either one artist can come as a representative from the group or the group would sit together in front of each reviewer.

Q: SHOULD I SUBMIT IF I HAVE APPLIED BEFORE AND DID NOT GET INVITED?
A: Yes, the selection committee and reviewers change each year.

THE EVENT

Q: IF I AM ACCEPTED AND ATTEND HOW MANY REVIEWS WILL I RECEIVE?
A: Tuition includes 9 twenty-minute formal reviews over two days. Please note, occasionally there are additional portfolio reviews that become available during the weekend’s event, and are available for an additional price, as first-come-first-serve, during the specific listed review times.

Q: WILL I HAVE A CHOICE WHICH REVIEWERS I WILL SEE?
A: Yes, you will be asked to put all reviewers in order of your preference into an electronic lottery system. It is likely you will receive at least one reviewer from your top 3 reviewer picks, a few more reviewers from your 4-8 ranking picks, and a few more reviewers from your 9-15 ranking selections on your list. It is possible to get one reviewer lower on your list but very likely not more than one.

Q: WHEN DO I CHOOSE MY REVIEWERS?
A: After you have been accepted, you will have the opportunity to enter in your reviewer preferences approximately two weeks prior to the event in October.

Q: SHOULD I ENTER EVEN IF I CAN NOT AFFORD THE EVENT FEE?
A: Absolutely, if you are accepted we will work with you on a payment plan. There are also scholarships available to those in need of financial assistance.

Q: HOW DO THE SCHOLARSHIPS WORK?
A: Scholarship applications are open to all national and international photographers who are INVITED to attend. Scholarships are in the amount of the full tuition or half-tuition scholarships. Shortly after receiving the acceptance letter, the applicant will need to submit an application to be considered. Learn more here.

APPLICATION FAQS

Q: WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
A: March 20, 2021 for discounted entry fees and April 20, 2021 at 11:59pm MST for the Final Submission Deadline.

Q: WHAT ARE THE FILE REQUIREMENTS?
A: All images must be uploaded through our online system. 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: 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 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 THE APPLICATION?
A: Once you have uploaded the images to the online application form, you are now viewing them through an internet browser which does not recognize color profiles. Your images are unaltered by this process.

Q: DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT THE EAXCT 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 the Project Launch Grant and the me&EVE Grant ONLY.

Q: MAY I COMBINE BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOR IMAGES INTO ONE BODY OF WORK?
A: Yes, all types of image processes are allowed into each submission as long as they are a part of the same body of work.

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: 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 project statement on our online application form.

Q: TO WHICH DIMENSIONS ARE YOU REFERRING?
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.

If you have additional questions, please visit our FAQ & General Guidelines page or 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 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.

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 worlds 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.

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