Photobook Review - Resources

There are numerous opportunities for photographers to have their work viewed by specialists in the field. Below is a sampling of organizations that offer everything from on-site reviews to juried exhibitions to competitions.

Center (formerly the Santa Fe Center for Photography), Santa Fe, New Mexico, hosts the annual Review Santa Fe, a three-day conference where up to one hundred photographers are selected to participate in two days of reviews with curators, editors, art directors, publishers, gallery and agency reps, and alternative market professionals. There are three award levels: the Santa Fe Prize, Project Competition, and Singular Image.

Photographers can now apply for CENTER’s Review Santa Fe, Awards, Project Development Grant and Project Launch Grant! Enter to receive $10,000, an exhibition and admittance to the world-renowned portfolio review program where one third of the participants receive scholarships. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2013.

Photographers can have their work reviewed during the Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia, organized by Central European House of Photography.

The staff of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York, offers portfolio reviews to its members. CPW also welcomes submissions throughout the year for its five group exhibitions, including guest and in-house curated shows, its annual members show, Photography Now, and five solo exhibitions. Work is sought from artists who use photography, digital imagery, multimedia, and/or installations that incorporate photography. In addition, CPW annually offers fellowships to New York photographers.

FiftyCrows, San Francisco, hosts the annual International Fund for Documentary Photography, which supports the work of emerging documentary photographers.

Portfolio reviews are a key component of the biannual FotoFest, Houston.

Four times a year Jen Bekman runs Hey, Hot Shot, a competition for emerging photographers. The jury includes representatives from a number of prominent galleries and publications in the photography world. Ten winners are shown in a seasonal showcase at the Jan Bekman gallery in New York City and published in the Hey, Hot Shot annual.

The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, seeks submissions for its Young Portfolios program. Professional and amateur photographers, thirty-five years old and younger, from around the world are invited to submit their published or unpublished works as potential additions to the museum’s permanent collection.

Founded in the spring of 2004, the Magenta Foundation, Toronto, is the first nonprofit arts publishing house in Canada. Magenta seeks entries from photographers age thirty-four and younger from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom for its Emerging Artists Exchange program. Selected photographers have their work published in a hardcover book and exhibited.

The Photo Review, Philadelphia, holds an annual International Photography Competition to give photographers the chance to have their work reviewed by an expert in the field. Prize-winners have their work published in the magazine, Photo Review, and exhibited in the photography gallery of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Spain’s annual photography festival—PhotoEspaña—is held throughout Madrid. Among the festival’s highlights is the portfolio review, Descubrimientos PHE, which brings together international experts with photographers. In addition to receiving professional advice, photographers have an opportunity to win the Descubrimientos Prize for the Best Portfolio.

The Photographic Portrait Prize, administered by the National Portrait Gallery, London, rewards excellence in portrait photography by photographers of all ages, including students, amateurs, and professionals. Prize winners receive cash prizes and are included in a full-color book and a touring exhibition.

The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University offers monthly portfolio reviews and reviews by guest curators. PRC also invites artists to submit their work for consideration for its annual curated and juried exhibitions.

Every other spring members of the photography community gather in Portland, Oregon, for Photolucida. At the heart of the week-long gathering are the in-person portfolio reviews. In addition, Photolucida also offers an annual juried competition, Critical Mass.

Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Birmingham, England, is an annual international photography festival where the main focus is portfolio reviews. Each year nearly sixty reviewers from around the world gather for the three-day festival to conduct portfolio sessions.

Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, organizes two annual competitions: the Fellowship Competition for Award and Exhibition in the Main Gallery and the Competition for Exhibition in the Members’ Gallery & Members’ Gallery Online.

Portfolio review opportunities are available during the national conference of the Society for Photographic Education, held each year since the 1960s.

The Artshow website offers an ongoing list of competitions and shows around the country, including several focusing on photography.

The PhotoBook Review is a publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook—focusing on the best photography books being published, from the coffee-table book to the handmade artist’s edition, and on creating a better understanding of the ecosystem of the photobook as a whole.

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