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Center for Photographic Art - 2020 International Juried Exhibition
Center for Photographic Art
Sunset Center
San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue
Carmel, CA. 93921

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Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: International
State: California
Event Dates: 11/14/20 - 12/20/20
Entry Deadline: 9/16/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 20
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 20
Entry Fee (Member Rate): $70.00
Entry Fee (Non-Member Rate): $70.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$10.00

2020 CPA International Juried Exhibition 

Submission period: Monday, July 20 through Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 11:59pm Mountain Time (10:59pm Pacific)

The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) is excited to announce the 2020 International Juried Exhibition with $5,000 in awards! Forty-five juror-selected photographs will be exhibited from November 14 through December 20 in our historic gallery in Carmel, California, and vie for eight cash awards totaling $5,000.  These photographs will also be featured in an online gallery on the CPA website along with an additional forty-five juror selected images. An exhibition catalog of the entire gallery and online exhibition will be available for purchase. An entry discount is available for new and current CPA members.

2020 IJE Juror

Aline Smithson is a visual artist, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal.  She received a BA in Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Allen Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor working alongside some the greats of fashion photography, Aline returned to Los Angeles and her own artistic practice.

She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China, The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections and her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. 

Aline is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography. She has been an educator at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001 and her teaching spans the globe. In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community and also and she received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2014 and 2019, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50. 

In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition. In the Fall of 2018 and again in 2019, her work was selected as a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2019, Kris Graves Projects commissioned her to create the book LOST II: Los Angeles that is now sold out. Her books are in the collections of the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, among others. With the exception of her cell phone, she only shoots film. 

Aline Smithson brings a deep understanding and broad appreciation of diverse photographic styles, genres and mediums to CPA's 2020 International Juried Exhibition.

The juror will grant the following awards:
First Place:                     $2500
Second Place:                $1000
Third Place:                    $500

Four awards of merit:   $250 each

2019 International Juried Exhibition Timeline:
Early submission rates open:      7/20/20
Early submission rates end:        8/21/20 11:59 PM MDT     
Final day for submissions:           9/15/20 11:59 PM MDT     
Artists notified via email:              9/30/20                                     
Framed artwork due at CPA:       11/01/20                                 
Opening reception, awards presentation, catalog release:  11/14/20
IJE exhibition closes:                   12/20/20                               
Artwork Returns:                          1/4/21 – 1/13/21    

The 2020 International Juried Exhibition (IJE) is open to all living photographers, worldwide, over the age of 18, working in all still photographic media. There is no theme; any subject matter is eligible. Photographs accepted for previous CPA IJE gallery exhibitions are not eligible.

Entry Fees:
Early Submission Period:              7/20/20 - 8/21/20 11:59 PM MDT
$40 (with member discount)       CPA members may submit up to 3 images.
$60                                              Non-members may submit up to 3 images.

Regular Entry Period:                    8/22/20 - 9/15/20 11:59 PM MDT
$50 (with member discount)     CPA members may submit up to three images.
$70                                                 Non-members may submit up to three images.

All entrants are welcome to submit up to 17 additional images at a cost of $10 each for a total of 20 images.

To retrieve your CPA Members discount:
•   For current CPA members, log into your account via the CPA website. Under the Members menu you will find the IJE Discount code: 

•  You are welcome to join CPA. Log into the CPA membership page at Once you enroll, you can access the IJE Discount code and enjoy the benefits of CPA membership including our members only show in the spring!

You will apply the discount code at the end of the online CAFE entry system. It is difficult to see where the box is at check out. Look for an invisible box near the total.

How to Enter
All entrants must use the CallForEntry (CaFE) online entry system.

1.   Access the CaFE site and create a free personal account.
2.   Upload your files into your CaFE portfolio with these specifications:
Image resolution:  1920 pixels (long dimension) @ 72 ppi,

Profile:    AdobeRGB(1998).  Save file as an 8bit Jpeg. Files must not exceed 5MB.

Please remove any visible names, titles, watermarks, etc.

Please note: Selected images and caption data will be printed in the exhibition catalog directly from your uploaded files. Your personal profile and image data will be our only source of information. Be certain that your name, titles, dates, sales prices, are complete and that you select the correct process type (digital pigment, platinum, silver gelatin, ambrotype, etc.). You MUST title each image; "Untitled" is not allowed.

You can upload your files to your CaFE portfolio at will. However, you must complete your ENTIRE entry before you check out and pay your fees.  Once your IJE entry is submitted, it cannot be changed, nor can you add additional images. Therefore, please do not finalize your entry until you have entered the minimum number of images plus any additional images (up to twenty total) and have double-checked that all your information including your name, all titles, dates and processes, as well as your artist statement is accurate. You may enter your CPA members' discount code towards the end of the checkout.

Please plan accordingly. CaFE is an automated system so late entries cannot be accepted.

For assistance, please refer to the FAQ on the CaFE website, or email: No telephone calls please. We will do our best to respond quickly to your email. Keep in mind that we will be very busy near the end of the submission deadline.

3.  Notification and Submission of Work for Gallery Exhibition
If selected for the gallery or online exhibition, you will be notified via a CaFE auto generated email by September 30, 2020. THESE NOTICES MAY APPEAR IN YOUR SPAM/JUNK FOLDER.

For accepted gallery artists only: framed photographs must be delivered to the CPA gallery no later than November 1, 2020. Artists selected for the online gallery need not submit work

Preparing Your Print for Exhibition
We require ready-to-install framed artwork, with the long dimension of the completed piece (including matting and framing) no larger than 30 inches. All framed images must be glazed with acrylic (plexiglass). Glass is not allowed. Unframed  artwork will not be displayed. A sturdy and conventional wire hanging system is required. NO SAWTOOTH hangers or wooden cleats are allowed! Completed artwork must weigh less than 10 pounds.

Delivery and Return of Artwork

Framed pieces are due no later than November 1, 2020. Hand deliveries and pickups are welcome during regular gallery hours – at this point in the pandemic, that will be Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4:00 pm. But please call ahead!

If you ship your work, please use sturdy and reusable packaging as it will be used for return shipping. Reusable fiberboard shipping cases are preferred. If you do not use a fiberboard case, please use sturdy cardboard, Masonite and bubble wrap to protect your work. Absolutely NO STYROFOAM PEANUTS or similar pelleted packaging material! Containers using this material will not be unpacked and the piece will not be exhibited.

Please use only Federal Express or UPS for shipping. USPS is not allowed. Our shipping address is:

Center for Photographic Art
Sunset Center
San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue
Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 625-5181

Because of the pandemic, we may give you an alternative shipping address. This address will be in your acceptance letter.


You MUST enclose a prepaid FedEx or UPS return shipping label with any applicable insurance. No cash, personal checks or stamps will be accepted. Costs for international customs and import duty is the responsibility of the artist.


Prints that do not meet our requirements, arrive damaged, use pelleted packaging, cannot be hung properly, or are deemed by the juror to be of poor quality will not be exhibited nor eligible for awards.

No exceptions to these rules. Failing to meet the stated criteria will disqualify your entry.

2020 International Juried Exhibition checklist:

√ Name, contact information, titles, process, dates and sales prices are complete and correct
   before submission. "Untitled" is not allowed.
√  Entry completed and fees paid before September 15, 2020, 11:59 PM MDT
√  Maximum frame side of 30 inches, acrylic glazing only, no glass,
√  Reusable, sturdy packaging. No Styrofoam peanuts or other pelleted packing material
√  Prepaid return address label included
√  Framed work must arrive at CPA no later than November 1, 2020



• Ownership remains with the artist.

• A 50% commission will be retained by all work sold by CPA.

• CPA will provide attribution for selected artists included in the gallery exhibition, the online gallery, and the exhibition catalog.

• Strict timelines must be observed so that we can jury, install the exhibition, produce the catalog and upload the online gallery. Therefore, no changes will be allowed after submission and late deliveries will not be exhibited.

•Only one image per photographer may be selected for the gallery exhibition or the online gallery. Any work previously included in a previous CPA gallery or online exhibition will not be accepted.

• Artists with work accepted for the exhibition or for the online gallery grant CPA non-exclusive rights to use their images for IJE advertisement and related programs, for display on the CPA website, and for publication in the exhibition catalog. CPA staff and Trustees are not eligible.

• In the event of loss, damage or theft, CPA's liability is limited to replacement cost of materials only. A signed Exhibitor Agreement must accompany your work or be completed upon our receipt of the work.

• To ensure notices of future competitions and pertinent information of interest to the fine art photography community, all entrants will be added to the secure CPA email database. CPA does not sell or distribute email addresses and those desiring to opt out of such notices may easily do so.

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