Call for Entry | 36th Annual Spring Photography Contest

Photo Contest - Enter Today


Due: April 15, 2016 / Mary 20, 2016


1st PLACE :: $2,000 cash award plus…
• Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens ($999)*

2nd PLACE ::  $1,500 cash award plus…
• Sigma 24mm 1.4 DG HSM | ART lens ($849)*

3rd PLACE ::  $1,000 cash award

4th PLACE AWARDS (x5) ::  Five $125 awards

All Honorable Mentions will be listed in the November 2016 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine and will receive a certificate of outstanding merit.

* Lens award for US residents only. First and Second Place winners in all other countries will receive additional award of $500 in lieu of lens.

The top 16 winning photos will be published in the November 2016 issue of Photographer’s Forum. All contest finalists will be published in the hardcover book Best of Photography 2016(December 2016).

    • Early entry fee is $4.95 per photo uploaded or postmarked on or before April 15, 2016
    • Final entry fee is $5.95 per photo uploaded or postmarked on or before May 20, 2016
    • Rights remain with photographer.
    • Subject matter is open.

Photographer’s Forum Magazine is published by Serbin Communications, Inc.

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The Landscape Redefined, Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art | Kalee Appleton


Congratulations to Texas Woman’s University Alumna Kalee Appleton for having work in group exhibition, The Landscape Redefined at Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art in Dallas, TX. The exhibition runs from February 20 to March 26, 2016.

Exhibition Dates: February 20 – March 26, 2016

Opening Reception: February 20, 2016

Additional artists exhibiting will be Sherry Giryotas and Gwen Davidson.

Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art is located at 1415 Slocum Street in the Dallas Design District. Gallery hours are Noon to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment.

Kalee is a photography-based artist and educator living in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Hobbs, NM, she attended Texas Tech University and received a BFA in Photography in 2005. Shortly after graduated she worked as a commercial corporate and aviation photographer before attending Texas Woman’s University, where she received an MFA in Photography in 2014.

Next Chapter: 154 Glass Street | PDNB Gallery

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Gallery view by Don Netzer


Exhibition Dates: February 27 – April 23, 2016

Artists Reception: Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 5 – 8 PM

February 27 – April 23, 2016
Artists Reception:
Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm

For Immediate Release, Dallas, TX –

PDNB Gallery celebrates their new gallery location with a group exhibition of gallery artists. This show is dedicated to their creative spirit. Without their courageous imagination, we would not be celebrating our Next Chapter. Many of the artists will be attending the opening reception, including Bill Owens (California), Keith Carter
(Beaumont), Peter Brown (Houston), Philip Lamb (Dallas), Stuart Allen (San Antonio),William Greiner (Louisiana) and Bill Kennedy (Austin). The list of artists attending is increasing each day.

The Glass Street space is larger, with a dynamic ground floor gallery space, which leads upstairs to another gallery level. The location is west of Riverfront Blvd., across the street from The Dallas Contemporary. Other art galleries in the neighborhood west of Riverfront include Cris Worley, Holly Johnson, Circuit 12, SITE 131, and Sun to Moon Gallery.
Look for the large neon Playboy Bunny logo (by Richard Phillips) on Riverfront and Glass Street. PDNB Gallery is located nearby.

Artists included in this exhibition:
Bill Owens, Bill Kennedy, William Greiner, Paul Greenberg, Delilah Montoya, Michael Kenna, Kevin Horan, Chema Madoz, Jock Sturges, Jack Ridley, Jeffrey Silverthorne, Don Schol, Jimmy & Dena Katz, Chris Verene, Jesse Alexander, Jesús Moroles, David Graham, Carlotta Corpron, Esteban Pastorino Diaz,  Earlie Hudnall, Jr., Keith Carter, Barbara Maples, Ida Lansky, Al Satterwhite, George Krause, Nickolas Muray, Neal Slavin, John Albok, Wu Jialin, Stewart Cohen, Mariana Yampolsky, Philip Lamb, Morris Engle, Harold Feinstein, Mario Algaze, Jan van Leeuwen, John Herrin, Stuart Allen,
Peter Brown, Geof Kern and more.

Call for Entry | THE FENCE 2016


Due: March 7,2016

THE FENCE is an outdoor photography exhibition series, with an audience of more than 3 million visitors.

Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work that explores the theme of ‘community’ through the lens of:

Home | Streets | People | Creatures | Nature | Play

THE FENCE offers a unique opportunity for photographers to present powerful photography in the public realm, and share their work with millions of people when/where they least expect it. By re-contextualizing the use of large format outdoor photographic displays normally reserved for advertising, THE FENCE becomes more than a showcase for photography – it becomes a shared public experience.

NOT PHOTOGRAPHY | Erin Cluley Gallery




With an essay by DANIELLE AVRAM

Exhibition Dates: FEBRUARY 20 – APRIL 2, 2016

Opening Reception: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2016 | 6:00-8:00PM

ERIN CLULEY GALLERY will open NOT PHOTOGRAPHY – an exhibition of photographic works by six artists – on Saturday February 20th, 2016 at 414 Fabrication Street.  The exhibition will open with a reception for the artists from 6:00-8:00 pm.  The exhibition has been organized by Erin Cluley Gallery and will be accompanied by an essay written by Dallas-based curator/writer Danielle Avram.

With the evolution of technology, the language being used by artists within photographic process is rapidly changing.  Access to cameras in handheld devices enables any one person to declare themselves an amateur photographer.  Artists are interrogating this notion and responding by using photography as a tool within a more sophisticated, multi-faceted process.  The final product is the result of a shift in traditional photographic approach with the use of unconventional treatment, process, and presentation.

NOT PHOTOGRAPHY brings together artists on the forefront of developing this new visual dialogue and will encourage viewers to ask the question — is this photography or is it not?

Using appropriation of images from the internet which have been culled from television and finally transposed on to the canvas, CHIVAS CLEM’s spray-tanned works become a commentary on the narcissistic reality of opportunism and effortless celebrity.  ADRIÁN FERNÁNDEZ exploits the photographic process by zooming (way) in on his collection of Cuban stamps of the twentieth century.  The result is a series of vignettes mimicking that of a pointillist painting and conceptually making connections between the reality of contemporary Cuban society and the skewed perspective of the outside world.  HILLARY HOLSONBACK continues her masquerade-like self-documentation using the camera to frame critical investigations of identity, the body, commodity fetishism, voyeurism, mass media, and gender identity.  EMILY PEACOCK combines the romantic documentation of memory with images of inanimate objects like wallpaper, fabric, and marble.  The focus on these details makes reference to the trimmings of the house which Peacock grew up in, the emotional weight that a photograph carries, and the ongoing collaboration with her family as pa art of her process.  In keeping with his belief that the photograph goes beyond the framed picture and conventional studio photography, KEVIN TODORAwill transform his photographic works into large-scale, free-standing sculpture. Manipulating the traditional forms of display and taking it to a heightened level, Todora will use images activated by illusions of depth and battling subject matter. JASON WILLAFORD uses billboard vinyl as the catalyst for what is transformed into quilted, dimensional painting.  High resolution, printed scans of the works result in a highly-detailed, compressed vignette commenting on the inundation of advertising and the insecurities which arise out of a media-saturated contemporary life.

About Danielle Avram
Danielle Avram is a curator and writer based in Dallas, Texas.  Currently Avram holds the position of Curatorial Fellow with the Pollock Gallery at Southern Methodist University.  She previously managed The Power Station art gallery and Pinnell Collection in Dallas, and was curatorial assistant for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in its departments of photography and modern and contemporary art. She has worked with artists such as Martin Parr, Alec Soth, Virginia Overton and Matias Faldbakken, and organizations such as SPE, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Photolucida, among others. Recent projects include the Dallas Medianale (2015);Maury Gortemiller All-Time Lotion, The Reading Room, Dallas (2013); and Four Nights, Four Decades, The Power Station, Dallas (2012). Avram Morgan holds an M.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas.

About Erin Cluley Gallery
Erin Cluley Gallery is a contemporary art gallery representing emerging and mid-career artists from Dallas and the United States.  The gallery presents a provocative program of artists working in both traditional and alternative forms including painting, sculpture, new media, photography, sculptural installation and public intervention.
The 2000 square foot space is joining a creative movement in the Trinity Groves development at the foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas.


Six Artists to Watch in 2016, Dallas Observer | Sheryl Anaya

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Congratulations to Texas Woman’s University Alumna, Sheryl Anaya, for being included as one of Dallas Observer’s “Six Artists to Watch in 2016.”

Click here to view the article.

Sheryl completed her BFA in Photography and Sculpture at Texas Woman’s University in 2013. She is currently the President of 500x Gallery and the Editorial Assistant for Light Leaked, an online photography journal.

Call for Entry | Photo Noir

PhotoPlace Gallery

Due: January 18, 2016
Photo Noir | PhotoPlace Gallery

Juror: Aline Smithson

Deadline for submissions: January 18, 2016
Exhibition prints deadline: February 20, 2016
Gallery exhibition: March 3, 2016 through March 25, 2016

While its birth was in cinema, film noir is a style that lends itself wonderfully to still photography. This call for entries is for any still photograph in the noir style, black and white or color, and any capture method or process. 

Film noir is distinguished by a unique aesthetic of low-key, contrasty light, strong shadows, unexpected camera angles, bleak pessimism, and a lurking sense of danger.

As Roger Ebert describes the style: “Locations that reek of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places, of apartment buildings with a high turnover rate, of taxi drivers and bartenders who have seen it all.”

The film noir aesthetic that was nurtured in German expressionism in the early 1900s, and reached its apex in American film making in the 20 years from the late 1930s through the 50s. Classic examples in American film noir include The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, Double Indemnity,Strangers on a Train, The Postman Always Rings Twice, They Drive by Night, and hundreds of other “A” and “B” films of the era.

We are very pleased that Aline Smithson has agreed to jury “Photo Noir”. She will select 35 images for exhibition in the gallery, and another 40 images for exhibition in our online gallery. All 75 will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog.

Submit up to five photographs for $30, $7 for each additional.


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About the Juror:

Aline Smithson founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine,  a contributing writer forDiffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines.

Aline has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a juror for Critical Mass from 2009-2015, a juror and curator for Flash Forward, and is a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States.

Call for Entry | This is it

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Due: January 16, 2016

“This is it”

We want you to send in a selection of 5 images that you’ve made and gotten that electric rush of excitement and felt like “this is it, this is why I love photography.”
The images should range over time from when you first started–your first success to your most recent one.
This is not about how many “likes” your image has gotten on social media, this is about you and your love of photography. Dig deep, get personal, be honest.

Send 5 images (jpegs) as attachments to with the subject line “this is it.”
300dpi, sized at 1500px on the longest side.

Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered.

For the full prospectus visit:

NAU Art Museum: Collecting for the Twenty-First Century | Lisa Tremaine

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Congratulations to Lisa Tremaine for having her work in the exhibition, NAU Art Museum: Collecting for the Twenty-First Century, at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum. The exhibition runs from October 27 – December 11, 2015.

Exhibition Dates: October 27 – December 11, 2015

Reception: October 29, 2015 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Lisa is currently the Art Director & Senior Book Designer at the University of Mexico Press.