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The 2021 Photo Review International Photography Competition

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Event History

The Photo Review, a highly acclaimed critical journal of photography, is sponsoring its 37th annual photography competition with a difference. Begun in 1985, the competition has featured scores of photographers who have gone on to significant careers, including Jock Sturges, Andrea Modica, Fazal Sheikh, Shimon Attie, Connie Imboden, Elinor Carucci, Lyle Ashton Harris, Chris Jordan, Jeffrey Milstein, and Jess T. Dugan.

What Makes this event different?

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 2020 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 prizewinning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at Philadelphia’s noted Woodmere Art Museum. Plus numerous Editor’s Selections will be exhibited in several Photo Review web galleries.

Copyright Policy

Artists retain copyright.

Image Usage Rights

The Photo Review reserves the right to reproduce accepted work in the contest catalogue and for contest promotion in both printed and electronic forms.

The 37th annual Photo Review International Photography Competition is open to all photographic processes. Our 2021 Competition will be juried by noted photographer, teacher, and author Christopher James, and accepted entries will be featured on The Photo Review's website and in an electronic catalog. Also, 15 prizewinners will be shown in a physical exhibition at Philadelphia's dynamic Woodmere Art Museum. Also, numerous selections will be chosen to be shown on The Photo Review's website in several themed web galleries. The deadline for entries in May 31, 2021.

Some $4,000 worth of prizes are available, including 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 $500 gift certificate for printing at Booksmart Studio; a Wacom Intuos tablet; a Wandrd PRVKE Pack 31 Photo Bundle; a Wandrd PRVKE Pack 21 Photo Bundle; a Pelican Air 1535 Carry-On Case; a $200 gift certificate from Shades of Paper, a leading supplier of inkjet photo paper; a $200 Gift Certificate for Red River paper; a $200 Gift Certificate to Tog Tees; a 24″x50′ roll of Museo Silver Rag; a Think Tank Streetwalker V2 backpack; a Think Tank Retrospective 7 shoulder bag; a 20″x24″ silver gelatin fiber print from Digital Silver Imaging; and a feature on the Laurence Miller Gallery’s Picture of the Week email blast. 

Among the many now internationally recognized photographers whose careers were given a boost by publication in The Photo Review are Andrea Modica, Jock Sturges, Fazal Sheikh, Connie Imboden, Lyle Ashton Harris, Chris Jordan, Shen Wei, Jeff Milstein, and Jess T. Dugan.

Entry fees are $35 for up to three entries plus $8 for each additional entry.

For more information about this opportunity for photographers, please visit the Event Website or click to Apply for full competition details. 


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