Review Santa Fe 2020 has been postponed to 2021

CENTER’s premier juried portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, is a weekend conference and festival for photographers who have created a documentary project or fine art series and who are seeking audience expansion, critical discussion, and community gathering in a unique place. CENTER has been known to launch many now-famous photographers’ careers including Alec Soth (2003), Julie Blackmon (2006), Tamas Dezso (2011), Cristina de Middel (2012) and many others. This event helps photo-based storytellers bring their work to completion and have it seen by industry leaders, editors, curators, and publishers who are portals to broad international audiences.

One of the oldest portfolio review events in the U.S., the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, enters its 20th year, in 2020. The 2020 program will not include in-person portfolio reviews, however we are still hosting the annual Photographer Presentations, Panel Discussions, and more. Visit our Photography 20/20 Compendium multi-media suite featuring reflective texts, a podcast series, panel discussions, and a 20-year archive and resource of the Review Santa Fe, Award & Grant alumni photographers.

View and download the 2020 Program Guide.

Join us in 2021 for the next in-person Photo Festival and portfolio reviews.

This sense of place is a profound backdrop to the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Set against the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is a UNESCO Creative City that has been named a top art tourist destination by Forbes magazine, Conde Nast Traveler and People are coming to the Santa Fe area in record numbers for experiential tourism, as Santa Fe area offers a wealth of culture and international flavor, all within one visit. The Santa Fe experience is immersive and sometimes life-changing, providing visitors the opportunity to learn about the Indigenous culture, Spanish culture, Chicano culture, and explore ancient pathways to some of the most compelling histories of American roots. Visitors can discover National Monuments, National Historical Parks, famous landmarks, museums, and trading posts. Additionally, active travelers will find a vast array of outdoor adventures including hiking, biking, skiing, horseback riding, backpacking, fishing, golfing, and off-roading amongst other local experiences. Still thriving today, Santa Fe is a unique destination where many pioneers of photography practice and take residence.

Sign-language interpretation, program guides, assistive listening devices, and other guest facilitation are all available upon request. Please contact us at to inform us of your needs.


This program stands out amongst portfolio reviews because it is carefully vetted by a selection committee, ensuring the quality of the work. Each year a new independent committee ranks all of the submissions, with the highest-ranking submissions receiving an invitation. Along with the vetted photographers, the annual awards and grants recipients to participate in Review Santa Fe. It is a blind judging process and all different types of lens-based projects are invited to attend including documentary, fine art, black and white, reportage, and interdisciplinary projects. Read the 2020 Selection Committee Statements here. Learn more about the application process and guidelines here.


CENTER is initiating a NEW Mentorship program for first-year attendees to the 2020 Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Review Santa Fe is an incredible opportunity for career development, industry networking, and taking your practice to the next level. In order to best optimize all the opportunities Review Santa Fe offers, CENTER will pair up new incoming photographers with experienced alumni for advice and mentorship. Many outstanding alumni have signed up to be mentors!

Requests for mentorship become available after invitations have been sent out. Please contact us directly with interest.


How: Free & Open to the Public

In a much-beloved community outreach that has become a tradition during Review Santa Fe, CENTER presents the 100 portfolios of the Review Santa Fe photographers in the Friday Night Portfolio Walk at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion in the Railyard Arts District. There, gallerists, curators, editors, and other photography enthusiasts have the opportunity to view a wide range of contemporary photography that focuses on social, environmental, and political issues, as well as stellar fine art projects.


When: Saturday, Oct 17, 2020
Where: Online platform – details are tba
How: Free & Open to the Public

The 2020 Award & Grant Winners travel to Santa Fe as part of the award package to present their work at the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Each photographer will give a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session.


How: Free & Open to the Public

The Photographic Book Fair is a space for notable photographic book publishers, indie publications, selected photographers, and art-book enthusiasts to discover new projects and exchange ideas. Showcasing newly released publications from several publishers. Book signings with authors will happen throughout the afternoon.


The Reviewers are carefully selected curators, editors, book publishers, gallery and festival directors. At Review Santa Fe we work hard to research and include reviewers that are offering more than feedback, but also opportunities for career advancement and placement of your work in a supportive and friendly environment.

We are still confirming 2021 Reviewers, you can view the 2019 Reviewers here.


Gumbo Foundation
MAE Foundation
MaryAnne Golon
Christy Havranek
Joanna T. Hurley
Steven and Wendy Katzman
Melanie McWhorter
Mary Anne Redding

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