2018 Photo Review International Photography Competition


Museum of Modern Art Curator of Photography Sarah Meister will be the juror for the 2018 Photo Review Photography Competition. Among her many accomplishments, her most recent books include One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers (2016) and Arbus Friedlander Winogrand: New Documents, 1967 (2017). She is a co-editor of and contributing author to the three-volume series Photography at MoMA (1960 to Now, 1920 to 1960, and 1840 to 1920), co-director of the August Sander Project (a five-year research initiative with Noam Elcott, Columbia University), and the lead instructor for the online course Seeing Through Photographs on Coursera.

The Photo Review, a highly acclaimed critical journal of photography, is sponsoring its 34th annual photography competition with a difference. Instead of only installing an exhibit that would be seen by a limited number of people, The Photo Review will reproduce accepted entries in its 2018 competition issue and on its website. Thus, the accepted photographs will be seen by thousands of people all across the world and entrants will have a tangible benefit from the competition.

Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. And Forrest Old, director of the Red Filter Gallery, will select a photographer for a one-person show at the online gallery. Plus numerous Editor’s Selections will be exhibited in several Photo Review web galleries.

Because their work was seen in The Photo Review, past winners have been given one-person exhibitions, have had their work reproduced in other leading photography magazines, and have sold their work to collectors throughout the country.

Awards include a $500 purchase prize for inclusion in the Haverford College Photography Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive college photography collections in the United States, selected by William Earle Williams, the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in Humanities; Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography, at Haverford College; a Mission Workshop Rhake, Weatherproof Laptop Backpack with The Capsule, Padded Camera Insert; a 24"x50' roll of Museo Silver Rag; a $200 gift certificate from Shades of Paper, a leading supplier of inkjet photo paper; a 20"x24" silver gelatin fiber print from Digital Silver Imaging; a ThinkTank Airport Advantage Plus camera bag and a ThinkTank Airport Advantage camera bag; a “The Complete Photographer’s Set” from Tog Tees (https://www.togtees.com/collections/all-t-shirts); and several Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Cameras (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077BF7KG7).

An entry fee of $35 for up to three prints or images and $8 for each additional image entitles all entrants to a copy of the full-color catalogue. In addition, all entrants will be able to subscribe to The Photo Review for $36, a 20% discount. (Higher rates apply for non-US subscribers.)

All entries must be received by May 31, 2018.

You can download contest rules and submit images at www.photoreview.org/wordpressindex/2018-competition. For further information call The Photo Review at 215/891-0214, 340 East Maple Avenue, Suite 200, Langhorne, PA 19047info@photoreview.org.


Publishing since 1976, The Photo Review covers photography events throughout the country and serves as a central resource for photography in the Mid-Atlantic region. The quarterly journal, printed on coated paper with high quality reproduction, contains reviews, portfolios, interviews, book reviews, and news. The Photo Review has presented previously unpublished images by Duane Michals, Weegee, and Frederick Sommer, and catalogues for a James VanDerZee exhibition, a show of Lois Greenfield’s dynamic dance photographs, “Changing Visions of the American Landscape,” and a widely praised catalogue celebrating the centennial of Stieglitz’s Camera Work. Its writers have included A. D. Coleman, Frank Day, Shelley Rice, Peter Hay Halpert, Barbara L. Michaels, Daile Kaplan, Jean Dykstra, and Mark Power. Subscriptions are $45 per year for the quarterly journal and the newsletter, which is issued eight times a year and sent as a PDF by email with live links and which contains exhibition listings, exhibition opportunities from around the country and the world, and news.

The Photo Review 2018 International Photography Competition is sponsored by Digital Silver Imaging, Museo, Shades of Paper, Kodak, Mission Workshop, ThinkTank Photo, Haverford College, Red Filter Gallery, and Tog Tees.

Tribute to Spring

Death in the Blizzard

She flew into the window directly behind my office desk. I turned around and saw her lying in the snow. A tiny snow angel. She was so warm in my hand, I expected her to wake up at any moment. Fly to heaven little one!

The Artblog and The St.Claire are teaming up to find the best new approaches in art writing. The goal of this competition is to get more people writing about art and foster a culture of art writing that incorporates a wide spectrum of methods, styles and ideas. The best writing will not only address the art in question, but also progress the conversation into unexpected and unclaimed territories.

This contest is in conjunction with Philadelphia's first ever New Art Writing Symposium -- a collaboration between the Artblog and The St.Claire to bring together over a month of activities designed to examine, expand and celebrate the state of art writing in Philadelphia.

1 Grand prize ($600 + Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)

3 Category prizes ($100 each + Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)
  • 100 words or less
  • 500 words or less
  • 1,000 words or less
8 Honorable Mentions (Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)

No Entry Fee !!

All About Art

MossRehab's All About Art event is an international juried exposition and sale open to artists with physical, cognitive, visual and hearing disabilities. Eligible media include works on paper, works on canvas or board, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, photography and fine crafts.

The show, held at the MossRehab main campus in Elkins Park, Pa., began on April 25, and runs through June 24, 2014. You can view the exhibition any time during normal business hours. There is no fee or ticket required.

There are 229 pieces of artwork by 69 artists displayed in this year's exhibition, and following are some of the editor's favorites. This is just a small taste of many many remarkable pieces in this exhibition...

Jen Dacota. (Hobe Sound, Fl)
Visual Impairment & Comprehension issues
brought on by Stroke

Philip Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Coronary Artery Disease

Judy Bird (Grass Valley, Ca)
Traumatic Brain Injury

Salvatore Damiano (Trenton, NJ)
Paralysis due to
Spinal Cord Injury

Romaine Samworth (Malvern, Pa)
Visual Impairment

Karadeg Ollivier  (Brittany, France)
Down's Syndrome

Daphne La Croix (Philadelphia, Pa)

Purchase artwork online.

Originally known as the "International Exhibition by Artists with Physical Disabilities," the All About Art event was inaugurated by MossRehab in 1979. After a few years off, the exhibit returned in 2005 and has become an annual event. It is believed to be the first east coast exhibition of its kind. The Art Committee annually requests prominent members of Philadelphia's art scene to jury the show and recognize exceptional artwork through awards.

Moss Rehab
60 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
(P) 215-663-6000

Tending Space Fellowships for Artists

Hemera Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to introducing secular contemplative views and practices into mainstream society, focusing on education, women and children, and the arts. Hemera develops and invests in strategic initiatives that lead to sustainable systemic cultural change. The Foundation is a private foundation established in September 2007.

The aim of Hemera’s Tending Space Fellowship Program for Artists is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are—and to live and to create from this insight. Toward this end, we will support artists with opportunities for both contemplation and creation. Application is open to those who are deeply engaged with, and have a demonstrable commitment to, an art form and who also have an interest in beginning or deepening a spiritual practice.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who can apply? (Eligibility requirements.)                                                      
  • Anyone with a demonstrable interest in meditation/prayer/contemplation and the arts may apply.
2. What is the commitment?                                                                                      
  • The time commitment to be a fellow is between 4-6 months. Within that period a fellow commits to: attending a meditation/contemplation retreat and an arts retreat; maintaining regular communication with their art and meditation mentors; regular journaling; two weeks of studio time; a post-retreat dialogue; and one piece of work created and documented with the experience of retreat, mentorship, and the power of art in mind. This work does not have to be based on your fellowship experience, though it should draw on the depth and experience of contemplation and the relationships that has been cultivated. This work is an opportunity to experiment with creating in a new way.
3. What should be included in the application materials?                                              
  • In addition to general information we ask that you provide two short pieces of writing describing why you are applying for this fellowship, and what role art plays in your life and the world. We also ask for an uploaded portfolio. This could take the form of video, still images, audio, or written material.
4. What schools and programs are eligible?                                                         
  • We have a working list of recommended centers and programs however we aim to tailor retreats and workshops to a fellow’s needs.
5.  What is unique about the Tending Space Fellowships for artists?
  • Unlike many traditional fellowships, we are supporting artists with a question in mind. Can art serve to help the world, and if so what does that require of the artist? It is our belief that there are certain practices for the artist that aid this question, such as contemplation, meditation, relaxation, listening, and discipline. As a result, we are providing a context for an artist to investigate those elements on their own and within community.
  • This is also our pilot program year, so much of it is an experiment. We are seeking artists who are committed to, or interested in being committed to, this view of art and life so that we can fine-tune our fellowship and create community as we learn.        
6. How is art viewed in the context of this fellowship program?
  • We believe that art has the capacity to genuinely help our world, to instill it with sanity, love, joy, and beauty. This does not mean that art has to look a certain way, or achieve a standard aesthetic of some kind. (We are not advocating a “love and light” approach to art at all.) It does mean that art needs to be tethered to Truth, according to the logic of the piece being created. We accept that there is an order, a truth, within life and craft. As a viewer, we instinctively know this kind of art when we see it. It might disturb us, cheer us up, or confuse us, but somehow we recognize that we aren’t being lied to. This is refreshing. In today’s art world there is a tremendous amount of energy put into cleverness, shock, and wit in order to build up one’s career or image as an artist. We are advocating another way, perhaps a longer road.
  • How does one cultivate this tether to truth? Our inspiration has been through slowing down, making friends with yourself though meditation and contemplation, spending the time to really master your craft and listen to the materials, and fine-tuning the senses as tools for communication. Most of all, we are interested in supporting you to genuinely find your way.
7. What kind of work/artist does Hemera Foundation want to support?                                
  • At this time there isn’t one kind of work that we are more interested in supporting than another. We will work with an artist who can articulate and demonstrate a genuine interest in living this total artistic life and design a fellowship program that best suits them. The only requirement is that you have a demonstrable commitment to art making as a central part of your life and a desire to purse meditation/contemplation as a part of your art and life.
  • A “demonstrable commitment” does not mean that you are professional or attempting to be professional, necessarily; it means that you have spent time on your craft already and experienced the road of creativity enough to supply some body of work illustrative of your artistic interest. We will not be supporting craft development with this fellowship, so it is important that the artist already has a strong sense of the mechanics and lineage of the craft that they are engaged in.
8. How does Hemera Foundation define “artist?” Or “contemplative artist?” 
  • In this context, the definition of “artist” is one who is meeting their craft with the view and practice of meditation. It is not necessarily someone who is paid for his or her work. However, it is also not someone who is engaged in a craft with only personal interests, ex. therapeutic interests. “Artist” may also be extended to someone who is living their daily life with a sense of awareness and creativity.
9. How often are the Tending Space Fellowships offered? 
  • Once per year, running from June through December.
10. What kind of projects does Hemera Foundation NOT support?                                          
  • There are no art forms that we will automatically rule out. It’s also possible that an artist has a project that they would like to devote time to starting or finishing. If this is the case, we would like to dialogue with you about how it might be impacted by this amount of retreat and support, and if you are open to it changing as you go.
11. What about collaborative projects?                 
  • The fellowship program is open to groups and ensembles but the dollar amount provided will not change, so the total will be divided among the members (i.e., allocated to the group as a whole and not the individual members).
12. What are the review criteria?                                                                             
  • The review will be based on a combination of need, interest and experience.