Image detail of The Royal Poinciana, from the series "Contact" © Andres de Varona, 2019 Review Santa Fe Alum

October 15 – 17, 2021

CENTER’s premier juried portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Symposium, is a conference for photographers and lens-based artists seeking audience expansion, critical discussion, and community connection. One of the oldest portfolio review events in the U.S., Review Santa Fe, enters its 20th year, in 2021. The weekend-long conference will include a fusion of virtual and in-person programs including portfolio reviews with esteemed Reviewers, Photographer Presentations with the 2021 Award & Grant winners, panel discussions, the return of the Portfolio Walk + Book Fair, photographic and career advancement seminars Breaking Through: Editing for Impact and Preparing for Portfolio Reviews, a special Mentorship opportunity for incoming artists and more.

Stay tuned for more details on the 2021 events by signing up for our e-news. View and download the 2019 Program Guide.

CENTER has launched 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.

Sign-language interpretation, program guides, assistive listening devices, and other guest facilitation are all available upon request. Please contact us 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 2021 Selection Committee Statements here. Learn more about the application process and guidelines here.


CENTER has initiated a NEW Mentorship Program for first-year attendees. 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.

Requests for mentorship become available after invitations have been sent out.


The 2021 Photo Symposium Seminars are hosted online over the course of 2 days. The 1st day is open to any and all interested lens-based artists and will focus on the presenter’s course discussion. The 2nd day* provides an added experience for a portfolio critique that offers participants the opportunity to discuss their projects and receive feedback from each other as well as the instructors. Pre-Registration is required. *A limited number of spaces is available for the 2nd day.

Learn more and register:
Breaking Through: Editing for Impact with Christy Havranek, Photo Director from HuffPost & Stacy J. Platt, Founder of PhotoBook Addict; artist, writer, editor, & educator | August 27
Preparing for Portfolio Reviews with Mary Anne Redding, Independent Curator, formerly at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts & the Marion Center for Photographic Arts; Review Santa Fe Portfolio Reviewer; CENTER Advisory Council Member | September 17


WHEN: Friday, October 15, 2021, 5-8pm MST
WHERE: Farmers’ Market Pavilion – 1607 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501
HOW: Free & Open to the Public

CENTER is pleased to provide a returning platform to view the Review Santa Fe attendees and a chance to network with photographers, reviewers, and the Santa Fe art community. The Portfolio Walk offers a chance to view a broad range of photography encompassing social, environmental, and political issues, including stellar contemporary art projects. Also, this year notable photographic book publishers, indie publications, selected photographers, and art-book enthusiasts will be invited to showcase newly released publications for sale.

Tickets are available in the coming weeks.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 1:30-4pm MST
WHERE: Zoom Webinar – details to be announced
HOW: Free & Open to the Public

Highlighting excellence and innovative contributions to the field each year with the annual awards and project grants, the CENTER Award and Grant recipients are selected by a blind jury comprised of new image professionals each year.

Moderated by Holly Stuart Hughes, independent editor, writer, and grant consultant, the winning artists will discuss exploring interior spaces, the representation of inner lives, their inventive use of landscapes, and the rarely seen places in projects exploring ecology, personal and collective history, and artistic self-expression.


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 growing list here.


HurleyMedia Scholarship Award
Melissa Dale
Cosima Amelang
Devra Breslow
Evan Siegal
George & Karen Wzorek

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