TPS National Photography Award

TPS National Photography Award

Texas Photographic Society is delighted to announce the TPS National Photography Award for artists residing in the United States who have a consistent body of photographic work. The recipient will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize. In addition, the one recipient will have a solo exhibition at the Sabine Street Studios during FotoFest 2020, the international festival of photography in Houston, Texas. This call is open to all subject matter, aesthetic approaches, and photographic processes. Two-dimensional work is preferred, and submissions from artists of all levels are encouraged. View the 2018 online exhibition here.

Calendar of Events 
08-15-19 Deadline for entry (midnight CST) 
09-15-19 Exhibiting artists announced and emails sent to all entrants 
02-10-20 Work due in Houston, Texas at Sabine Street Studios 
03-07-20 Show opens at Sabine Street Studios
03-10-20 Opening reception with the juror 6-8:00pm
04-18-20 Show closes

Awards & Recognition 
$2,000 cash prize • Solo exhibition at Sabine Street Studios during FotoFest 2020 in Houston, TX • Inclusion in the Biennial publication guide • Printed exhibition postcards for the FotoFest 2020 Meeting Place reviewers’ bags • International visibility via the FotoFest 2020 website and promotional materials • Jurors may select up to 10 “Finalists," providing additional recognition to entrants. Thank you to Red River Paper for their support of this exhibition and fellowship.

Entry Fee 
Entry fee is $45 for 10 images. Join or renew your membership with TPS while entering the TPS National Photography Award competition and save $10 on your membership fee!

The TPS National Photography Award is open to artists of all levels residing in the United States who are developing or have completed a consistent body of photographic work. All photographic-based art is welcome, including digital, silver and alternative processes. You do not need to be a member of the Texas Photographic Society to enter this competition. Current members of the TPS Board of Directors are NOT eligible for entry.

About the Juror

Natasha Egan is an internationally renowned curator and administrator who has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), since 2011. She has been associated with MoCP since 2000 as associate director and curator. She has organized over fifty exhibitions, some with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal issues, such as the environment, war, and economics. Egan was a guest curator for the 2010 FotoFest Biennial in Houston, the 2016 Dubai Photo Exhibitions, UAE, and is a guest curator for the 2019 Lianzhou Foto Festival in Lianzhou, China. Egan has contributed essays to numerous publications and periodicals and lectures internationally. For over a decade, she taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago, and holds a BA in Asian studies, an MA in museum studies, and an MFA in fine art photography.

Prepare Your Files 
1. Files should be 1200 pixels in the longest dimension and saved in JPEG format on the highest quality setting. Images should also be saved in RGB color space.

2. Label each file as FirstName_Lastname_ followed by consecutive numbers. For example: Sam_Jones_1.jpg, Sam_Jones_2.jpg, etc. Please don't forget to include the "jpg" extension.

3. Do NOT use spaces in the file name, and do NOT use special characters such as :;’”/?}{()[ ]+=*&^%$#@! (use only alpha-numeric characters).

4. Please prepare the following information for each image: (1) print title; (2) process [Digital print,Silver-Gelatin, Mixed Media, Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Platinum/Palladium, etc.]; (3) Size of works; (4) price or NFS.

TPS encourages the sales of exhibited work. In support of the artists, TPS will not collect commission from print sales nor will Sabine Street Studios. Any sale inquires will be directed to the artist. Please print your name, address, telephone number(s) and price on the back of each accepted piece. If your work is Not-For-Sale, simply note NFS but provide a dollar value for record-keeping purposes. If you do not indicate a sales price, the artwork will be listed as NFS.

TPS and the venue will exercise all due care when handling your work, but will not be held responsible for loss, damage or replacement.

TPS and the venues retain the right to display and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes only. The photographer retains copyright to his/her own individual images. Also, TPS will work with the artist to prepare materials for the Biennial guide publication.

Shipping & Presentation Guidelines 
Artist delivers or ships work to Houston and TPS will pay for return shipping (if necessary) within the United States using a common carrier. It is recommended that selected artwork be shipped ready-to-hang using wire or D-rings. If applicable, please use white mats and frames that are gallery quality and complement your work. Color mats are not acceptable. NO glass please; plexiglass only.

If you have any questions or concerns after reading all the guidelines, please contact TPS Executive Director directly at

Due Date: Aug 15, 2019
Contact Name: Sarah Sudhoff
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