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

EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 3, 2022

Discounted Entry Fee Rates: $25 Members // $35 Non-Members
General Entry Fee Rates: $45 Member // $55 Non-Member

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 accepts video, multimedia files, or still images for submission.

• REVIEW PACKAGE: Nine portfolio reviews, inclusion in the Review Santa Fe 100 online index and archive, participation in the Portfolio Walk*, access to Presentations, Panel Discussions, and other programs. *Please note, the scheduled in-person programming is subject to change, and CENTER holds the right to make the necessary changes based on the latest studies and updates regarding the COVID-19 virus and its variants to ensure the safety of its staff, participants, and public.
• EVENT: You must receive an invitation via email from us to attend the review event. With this in mind, yes, there is a waitlist that is determined by the selection committee votes. After invitation, you will be provided an event schedule that includes a schedule for your portfolio reviews and a list of the available programs throughout the weekend.
• REVIEWER SELECTION: Reviewer preferences are selected via an electronic lottery system two to three weeks [unbold] before the scheduled event. Please note, occasionally, additional portfolio reviews become available during the weekend’s event and are available for as first-come-first-serve during the review weekend.
• SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarship applications open after invitations have been sent out. If selected for financial assistance, the provided scholarships range in either half or full tuition. Please be prepared to pay the remainder should you not receive a scholarship.

CRITERIA & THE JURY PROCESS

Q: WHAT ARE THE SELECTION 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. Projects, as well as all submitted text, should be examples of excellence within the discipline, both visually and conceptually.

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 2021 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 or CENTER Team 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. We do not review or accept any files or materials that are sent to our emails. All submissions must be sent through our Submittable platform to be reviewed.

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 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.

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 nine 25-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. Information on what Reviewers are available for these extra reviews is not made available until the morning of each review session.

Q: WILL I HAVE A CHOICE OF 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 unlikely and not more than one.

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

Q: SHOULD I SUBMIT MY WORK 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 full or half-tuition Scholarships. Shortly after receiving the acceptance letter, the applicant will need to submit an application to be considered. Details around how to apply are sent directly to the attending Review Santa Fe Photographers.

Q: CAN I SHOW MORE THAN ONE PORTFOLIO DURING MY REVIEW SESSIONS?
A: Yes you can showcase more than one series, however, as the Reviewers are expecting to see work that was pre-juried into Review Santa Fe, we ask that you first showcase the juried portfolio, and if you have extra time, you may showcase the other portfolio(s).

APPLICATION FAQS

Q: WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?

A: January 27, 2022, for 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: WHAT ARE THE FILE REQUIREMENTS?
A: All images and files must be uploaded through our online submission system. We now accept JPG, PDF, TIFF & PNG files for all applications. Images must be JPG format and sized at 1400 pixels on the longest side with a minimum dpi of 125. 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. 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: 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 that does not recognize color profiles. Your images are unaltered by this process.

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 portfolio to the same category, however you must pay for an additional entry. This applies to all categories open for submission.

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: No. 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 TO?
A: The dimensions of the final product when ready for 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 visit our FAQ & General Guidelines page or contact us at programs @ visitcenter.org

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