Readers of this blog will know that I encourage artists to enter competitions that are judged by respected industry professionals such gallerists, curators and photo editors that can make a difference in their careers. That said, this upcoming competition is judged by Susan Spiritus, a trusted colleague whose gallery not only has a presence at industry art fairs but has also forged a strong relationship with corporations which acquire artwork. Susan and I have worked participated at portfolio reviews together for years, and I know her to be excited about representing contemporary work to new audiences.
From the Center for Fine Art Photography’s website page for the competition, here is an excerpt (don’t forget to read terms & conditions).
THEME: Natural World
The natural world can be seen from the subatomic to the cosmic. It can be raw, powerful, serene, destructive, fertile and delicate. This exhibition will illustrate all aspects of nature.
With selection for this exhibition, featured artist’s work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography. Each participant will be included in the Center’s Main Gallery exhibition and Online Gallery exhibition.
2 liveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 each, two artists will receive a one year subscription for a website from liveBooks.com
Juror’s Selection Award: $300 and a Blurb book award from Blurb.com
Director’s Selection Award: $200 and a Blurb book award from Blurb.com
Honorable Mention Award: 2 year membership and a three image submission to a call for entry at the Center.
All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery
Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions.
Exhibit Prints: All accepted images submitted for exhibition must be printed and framed or mounted professionally. The Center recognizes that some work is non traditional and incorporates the framing as an integral part of the presentation. To encourage participation by photographers from around the world, the Center offers optional economical printing and framing services. Additional details will be provided upon request.
Competition juror Susan Spiritus is the director of Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California. Susan Spiritus has been a leader in the field of fine art photography for over thirty years, opening the doors to her Southern California gallery in 1976 so that she could share her passion for photography with others.