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Photomural Public Art Call: City Panorama; thru King County Metro and Photographic Center Northwest
900 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122

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Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: International
State: Washington
Entry Deadline: 3/20/16
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Entry Fee (Photo Center NW): $20.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$5.00
Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW), King County Metro and Youth in Focus are looking for inspiring images to be installed as public art on King County Metro bus shelters through public art project, City PanoramaThe theme for 2016 City Panorama theme is open, so creativity is king! Photographs can be submitted via CaFE  between February 1 and March 20, 2016.  Photographs will be printed on 2’ high x 8' wide wooden panels and will remain installed in King County Metro shelters for up to 10 years. Many photographers don't necessarily shoot in a panoramic format, but you can crop your work to fit the 4:1 ratio. Take a slice out of your image - or stitch several images together, tile, collage... This is great opportunity to be creative - and do something unique with your work! Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of jurors from Metro, PCNW and Youth in Focus. Chosen photographs are prominently displayed throughout Seattle and greater King County.  

The City Panorama Project began in 2010 when King County Metro, WA partnered with PCNW to expand the public art scene in Seattle and other cities in King County. As a way to incorporate art into everyday life, to beautify Seattle and other cities served by Metro, and to make new perspectives and ideas available to all, the City Panorama Project seeks photographic artwork that will accomplish these objectives while increasing the visibility of the photographic arts. The majority of King County’s bus service and bus shelters are located in the City of Seattle. Over 450 photo murals have been installed since the launch of this public art project in 2010. This annual project is funded through a 4Culture grant and now enters its sixth year.

  • Avoid large blocks of color/negative space (to avoid graffiti on your image)
  • Image themes and subjects should be appropriate for all age groups (PG-13)
  • In general, themes and subjects should be appropriate for exhibiting as public art
  • Your name and the title of your image will appear next to the image along with PCNW, King County, Youth in Focus and 4Culture logos
  • You may tile, collage, crop or stitch together images to create the final panoramic file. 
  • Click here for inspiration to see examples of past murals.
  • ALL images will be considered. The final selection will be made by the Metro, PCNW and Youth in Focus jurors

When submitting images to this contest through CaFE:
  • Images must conform to a panoramic format, 4:1 frame ratio
  • Images must be maximum 1920px x 480px and must be under 5mb per image
Important Note: If an image(s) is selected for bus shelter installation, the artist will be notified via e-mail from staff at PCNW with instructions on submitting final files, deadlines, etc… Final image files submitted to PCNW must adhere to these guidelines:
  • Images must conform to a panoramic format, 4:1 frame ratio
  • Minimum pixels accepted: 7200px x 1800px, may be larger.
  • Each file must be titled with the photographer's name, the title of the image and the year it was taken. (Example: John Smith Untitled 2006.jpg)
You are encouraged to also submit an artist's statement, excerpts of which may be used alongside the publication of images. If images do not fit either submission or final file criteria, the images will not be considered.
All entries must be entered into CaFE by March 20, 2016 ( 11:59 pm Mountain Time Zone, Denver, CO, USA). Submissions that do not come through CaFE will not be accepted. 
The entry fee is $20 for 5 jpgs. You may submit additional jpgs for $5 each up to 10 jpgs total. You must submit a minimum of 5 images to be reviewed and you may submit an artist’s statement in addition. Payment must be in U.S. Dollars. Entry fees are non-refundable. (If you don't have 5 images, you may submit the same image more than one time).
Selected and non-selected artists will be notified in late April 2016 by e-mail by through CaFE. Guidelines for final image prep will be emailed through CaFE to selected artists.
PCNW reserves the right to refuse accepted work that is perceived to be inappropriate, vulgar, or discriminatory. All works selected for the project will be sent to press in 2016 and artist names/titles will be included on printed panels. Selected images may be used for promotion by PCNW, and may be used in Metro publications. 
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