For those of you interested in testing the waters and placing your work in front of graphic designers and art directors, I encourage you to consider applying to the Communication Arts Magazine’s annual Photography Competition: “The best of photography used for advertising, design, editorial, cinematography and an y other area of the communication arts.”
There are many categories to consider but most fine art photographers submit series of images to the UNPUBLISHED category; click here for application information, FAQ’s and more.
The judges for this competition (“a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers”) are traditionally not announced before the issue featuring the winners is published (each August). The competition is tough but know that the issue is retained by those in the industry as an important reference throughout the year. Good luck!