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.


© Joseph Reid

© James Barker







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 | Going Places

PhotoPlace Gallery

Due: August 10, 2015
Going Places | PhotoPlace Gallery
Juror: Carlan Tapp

Travel gives us the freedom to explore, change, experiment, and grow, while our photographs recall for us a sense of the places we visit. “Going Places” is about what you saw, and how it felt to be there.


PhotoPlace Gallery’s mission is to support contemporary fine art photography as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. PhotoPlace Gallery sponsors exhibition opportunities through international juried exhibits in Middlebury, Vermont, through its published exhibition catalogs and on its website.

Fees: $30 for up to 5 images, $7 each additional

Eligibility: Open to all photographers working in any type of capture or process.

To encourage international participation, we offer printing of accepted work, as well as free matting and framing for the duration of the exhibit.

Requirements: See link below for details and submission. Submission deadline is midnight August 10, 2015.

Awards: Juror Carlan Tapp will select 35 images for exhibition in the gallery and an additional 40 images for the online gallery. All 75 images will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog and remain permanently on our website.

Contact Information

James Barker
PhotoPlace Gallery
3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

P: 802.388.4500

Call for Entry | Black and White

PhotoPlace Gallery

Due: July 13, 2015
Black and White | PhotoPlace Gallery
Juror: Tillman Crane

Exhibition prints deadline: August 7, 2015
Gallery exhibition: August 25 – September 18, 2015
Opening reception and gallery walk: August 28, 2015 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Half-day workshop on Saturday, August 29, 2015

Click here to submit.

Monochrome images of any subject matter you choose. Digital, traditional silver gelatin, and alternative process images are all welcome. Tillman Crane has agreed to jury this exhibition and we’re thrilled to have his enthusiastic eye. He will choose 40 photographs for exhibition in the gallery, and up to 35 additional for the gallery’s Online Annex. All exhibited and Annex photographs will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog. A gallery walk-through and workshop with Tillman Crane!
He’ll be reviewing the exhibition, live and in-person at PhotoPlace Gallery on August 28th. It is such a gift to have the juror on-site, sharing the meditations that inspired his decisions. If you’re one of those whose work is chosen by Tillman, you’ll have the unique benefit of hearing him discuss your work and that of your peers. This will be an Opening Reception and an opportunity not to miss! The next day, August 29th, Tillman will conduct a half-day workshop in and around our home town of Middlebury, Vermont. Details on the workshop to be announced.

Until July 1, submit up to TEN photographs for $30, $7 for each additional.

About the Juror:

Tillman Crane began his career in 1978 as a photojournalist for The Maryville Daily Times. Ten years later, he began to teach his craft. While platinum/palladium photographs remain his passion, he was quick to integrate digital vocabulary into his practice. As the medium continues to evolve and Tillman along with it, the content of the artist’s images has remained constant—the ordinary, found in the everyday environments that surround him.
Tillman’s workshops are offered across the globe, from the Erie Canal to China. He teaches location-based curriculum where he is able to share his appreciation for translating the found into successful images, and also the art of platinum printing, to showcase one’s vision through hand-made prints.

For inspiration from Tillman’s portfolios, look for his limited edition books: Tillman Crane/Structure (2001), Touchstones (2005), Odin Stone (2008), and A Walk Along the Jordan (2009).  His work is included in several books on contemporary photography, as well as in collections worldwide. And if you’re in the Camden, Maine area, stop by his gallery at 22 Pearl Street, to see his latest masterful platinum/palladium prints.

Apply, $ | July Opportunities


Call for Entry:

  • Due: July 1, 2015
    Exhibition Proposal | Vermont Center for Photography
  • Due: July 8, 2015
    Portraiture: Pictures in Photography | Black Box Gallery
    Theme: Portrait Photography
    Juror: Kelli Pennington
  • Due: July 13, 2015
    Black and White | PhotoPlace Gallery
    Juror: Tillman Crane
  • Due: July 22, 2015
    Memories, Stories, Histories | The Center for Fine Art Photography
    Juror: Amy Galpin
  • Due: July 31, 2015
    International Photography Awards


  • Due: July 14, 2015
    Ian Parry Scholarship

Call for Entry | Alternative Processes

©Allison Jarek, ©Kimberley Waite ©Athena Tasiopoulos, ©Erin Malone, ©Gayle Stevens

Due: May 11, 2015
Alternative Processes | PhotoPlace Gallery
Juror: Amy Holmes George

Platinum, palladium, silver gelatin, mixed media, pinhole camera, plastic camera, collage, albumen, Daguerreotype, multiple exposure, cyanotype, salt print, photogravure, Van Dyke, tintype, photoresist… you get the idea.

Some alternative process, whether historic or thoroughly modern or both, should be at the heart of submitted work.  Digital manipulation alone should not be essential to the aesthetic of the final image.

Amy Holmes George has agreed to jury this exhibition and we’re thrilled to have her eye.  Amy will choose 40 photographs for exhibition in the gallery, and up to 35 additional for the gallery’s Online Annex.  All 75 accepted photographs will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog.

About the Juror

Amy Holmes George is a teacher, fine art photographer, and President of the Texas Photographic Society. She has held teaching appointments at Baylor University, the University of North Texas, Collin College and Stephen F. Austin State University, with a special interest in instructing alternative photographic printing methods.  Her dedication to Alternative Processes is evident by her co-founding “alt8”, an alternative processes group active in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Amy has exhibited throughout the U.S., as well as in Italy, England, France and China where her work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions.  Her photography is held in the permanent collections of the Getty, The Kinsey Institute, and the Fratelli Alinari Museum.
Submission fee: $30 for five photographs, $7 for each additional photograph.

Apply, $ | February Opportunities

February Opportunities

Call for Entry:

  • On the Street Where You Live | Due: February 9, 2015
    PhotoPlace Gallery
    Juror: James P. Blair
  • LandscapesDue: February 11, 2015 
    The Center for Fine Art Photography
    Juror: Chantel Paul
  •  Photography Now 2015Due: February 15, 2015
    The Center for Photography at Woodstock
    Juror: David Bram
  • FotoFest 2016 | Due: February 17, 2015
    Theme: Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet
  • 2015 DART Student Art Contest | Due: February 27, 2015
    Theme: Explore Your World with DART
  • LensCulture Portrait Awards 2015 | Due: February 23, 2015
    Juror: International Jury
  • 2015 Woodstock A-I-R Program | Due: February 28, 2015
    The Center for Photography at Woodstock


  • Internship | Penland School of Crafts | Due February 1, 2015


  • Scholarships & Studio Assistantship | Penland School of Crafts | Due: February 17, 2015
  • Beinecke Scholarship | Due: February 20, 2015
  • SPESC Student Scholarship | Due: February 20, 2015
    2015 SPE National Conference Student Scholarship from South Central Region


Call for Entry | On the Street Where You Live

PhotoPlace Gallery

Due: February 9, 2015
On the Street Where You Live | PhotoPlace Gallery
Juror: James P. Blair

From front stoops to back alleys, subways to suburbia, Main Street to Wall Street, the streets we call home shape us.

Show us what’s going on where you live, work, or play. Street scenes, portraits, landscapes — we want to see what makes your neighborhood what it is.

We are very pleased that James Blair will be juror for this exhibition. Jim will choose 40 photographs for exhibition in the gallery, and an additional 35 for the gallery’s Online Annex. All 75 photographs will be reproduced in an exhibition catalog.

Submit 5 images for $30; $7 each additional.


About the Juror: 
Jim Blair was a staff photographer at National Geographic for 32 years. Between 1962 and 1994, the magazine published 46 of his bylines and over 2,000 of his photographs. His work took him throughout much of the world, and to countless neighborhoods.

Jim studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Today his photographs are represented in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery , the Museum of Modern Art, the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Museum of Art . Since retiring from the National Geographic Society in 1994, Jim has continued to photograph, teach, and lecture. He is represented by both Getty Images, and the National Geographic Society’s Image Collection.

Details on Submitting Your Work:
To help artists defray costs and to encourage submissions from distant photographers, PhotoPlace Gallery offers to mat and frame work selected for exhibition free of charge, providing artists print their images to our pre-cut mat and frame sizes. Custom mat sizes and printing services are also available at moderate additional cost.

All selected work will be included in an exhibition catalog, available for purchase.

Further details about submissions here.