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First Annual Foto Forum Santa Fe Photography Award
1714 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87505


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Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: International
State: New Mexico
Entry Deadline: 5/3/21
Days remaining to deadline: 11
Images - Minimum: 8, Maximum: 12
Total Media - Minimum: 8, Maximum: 12
Entry Fee ($45 Students/Seniors/Members email for $10 discount coupon): $45.00

Foto Forum Santa Fe is proud to announce an open call for our First Annual Foto Forum Santa Fe Photography Award, an international competition open to emerging and established artists. The selected photographer receives a $1,000 cash prize and two month solo exhibition at our downtown Santa Fe gallery, located a short walk from the art hub surrounding SITE Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Railyard. Second place receives $500 cash prize, 3 prints in our gallery art print rack, and a two month featured exhibition on our website.

Foto Forum Santa Fe is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that creates an artistic space to explore the current relationship between photography, storytelling, science, and technology through artist exhibitions, workshops, visiting artist lectures, research, and community outreach. The Photography Award expands upon Foto Forum’s commitment to showcasing both contemporary work from established artists and giving opportunities for emerging photographers to find an audience. 

The First Annual Foto Forum Santa Fe Photography Award is accepting entries December 4th, 2020 through May 3rd at 12pm MT, 2021, with results announced in the beginning of June and the show to open August 2nd, 2021. Photographers are invited to submit up to twelve images from a related body of work that is ready for exhibition. This year's Juror, Harry Gamboa, Jr., who last year was one of the jurors for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Contest, will choose the winner based on creativity, cohesion, maturity, and quality of the individual photographs.

First Place Award receives a $1,000 Cash Prize, two month solo exhibition in our Santa Fe gallery, plus a $500 stipend towards delivering the work to the gallery and having the work returned to the artist. Second Place Award receives $500 Cash Prize, placement of 3 prints in our gallery art print racks, and a two month online gallery show featured on our website.

Eligibility: All artists 18 years or older 

Award: $1,000 Cash Prize, Solo Exhibition, online portfolio, $500 stipend towards delivering the work to the gallery and having the work returned to the artist

2nd Place Award: $500 Cash Prize, 3 prints placed in our gallery art racks, two month online gallery show featured on our website

Harry Gamboa, Jr: artist, writer, and educator.

Harry Gamboa, Jr. is the founder and director of Virtual Vérité (2005-2017), the international performance troupe. He is a co-founder of Asco (1972-1985), the Los Angeles-based performance group. He is Co-Director of the Photo/Media Program at California Institute of the Arts. He is a lecturer with the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University, Northridge.

Harry Gamboa, Jr's work has been exhibited by museums + galleries + art spaces nationally/internationally

Portfolio Selection Advice:
The Award is centered around a solo exhibition in the Foto Forum Santa Fe gallery. We suggest you send in twelve photographs that you feel could be part of a cohesive exhibition, rather than trying to show the broad range of different work you make. We are not accepting video submissions at this time, but video can be part of the exhibition. You can submit video stills and describe the video in your Artist Statement. The selected winner will work with Sage Paisner to curate the final exhibition, which may include works not submitted with your application. The Artist Statement is a perfect place to explain how the twelve photographs relate to each other and provide additional information about the body of work and your artistic practice.


  • December 4th - March 2021: Early Discount ($35)
  • March 2nd - April 15th 2021: Full Price Entry Fee ($40)
  • April 16th - May 4th 2021: Late Entry Fee ($45)
  • May 5th 2021: Jury Selection Begins
  • June 1st 2021: Results Announced; Winner Contacted
  • August 2nd 2021: Solo Exhibition Opening
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