2020 CPA Member’s Juried Exhibition

Submission period: January 8  through February 21, 2020

The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) is excited to announce the 2020 Members’ Juried Exhibition with $2,000 in awards! 45 juror-selected photographs will be exhibited from April 11 – May 10, 2020 in our historic gallery in Carmel, California.

These photographs will also be featured in an online gallery on the CPA website along with an additional 45 juror selected images. An exhibition catalog of the entire gallery and online exhibition will be available for purchase. Only active members may submit images. Click here to become a member.

The jurors will grant the following awards:
First Place: $1000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Five awards of merit: $50 each

Please click the tabs below for information on our 2020 jurors, the rules and fees, and how to enter. Good luck!

Click here to enter the contest

Our Jurors:  Ann Jastrab & Laura Sackett

Ann Jastrab

Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and publication. These regional traditions—including mastery of craft, the concept of mentorship, and dedication to the photographic arts—evolved out of CPA’s predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography established in 1967 by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston. Before coming onboard at CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporated contemporary artists with the living legends photography.

Ann also worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for 10 years until their closure in 2017. While being a champion of artists, she created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where recent residents Meghann Riepenhoff, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Kathya Marie Landeros, and McNair Evans all received Guggenheim Fellowships.

Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well.

Laura Sackett

Laura Sackett is Creative Director and partner in LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations committed to discovering and promoting the best in the global contemporary photography. She has lead all aspects of design including brand, website, print, communications, screenings and exhibitions.

Besides leading the creative direction for LensCulture, she also co-curates LensCulture exhibitions, the online galleries and is a frequent reviewer at Portfolio Reviews.

Submission open: January 8, 2020
Submissions end: February 21, 2020
Final Deadline: February 21, 2020 10:59 Eastern Time
Artists notified via email: after March 1, 2020
Framed artwork due at CPA: April 1, 2020
Opening reception, awards presentation, catalog release: April 18, 2020,  5-7pm
MJE exhibition opens: April 11, 2020
MJE exhibition closes: May 10, 2020
Artwork Returns: beginning May 15, 2020

The 2020 Members’ Juried Exhibition (MJE) is open to all active CPA members, worldwide, over the age of 18. There is no theme; any subject matter is eligible.
Photographs previously exhibited in the Center for Photographic Art Gallery are not eligible.

NOTE: This year our contest is being handled by LensCulture instead of Café management. There is no special code needed for member entries.

Entry Fees and image count:
$25 CPA members for the first image.

Members are welcome to submit additional images at a cost of $10 each.

You are welcome to join CPA and become eligible for the contest. Click here to join.

Please note that entries made by expired members or non-members will be disqualified without any refund of fees.

If your photograph is selected:
If selected for the gallery or online exhibition, you will be notified via email by March 1, 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 April 1, 2020. Artists selected for the online gallery need not submit work, as we will use your submitted image.

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
Hand deliveries and pickups are welcome during regular gallery hours – Wednesday through 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 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

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 Members’ 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 February 21, 2020 10:59 PM Eastern time
√ 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 April 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.
Any work 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 MJE advertisement and related programs, for display on the CPA website, and for publication in the exhibition catalog. CPA 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.

Please join CPA! Members receive exclusive benefits and discounts on events, competitions, workshops and lectures. CPA depends on our membership and welcomes donor and corporate underwriting to help sponsor CPA’s world class exhibitions, lectures and other vital programming.

How to Enter

The contest is run by LensCulture this year. You will be taken to their site to upload your images and complete your entry. No special code is needed this year.

Upload your files with these specifications:

  • Image size: 1920 pixels (long dimension) @ 300 dpi.
  • Profile: AdobeRGB(1998). Save file as an 8bit Jpeg. Files must not exceed 10MB.
  • 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 LensCulture portfolio at will. However, you must complete your ENTIRE entry before you check out and pay your fees. Once your 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. LensCulture is an automated system so late entries cannot be accepted.

NOTE: non-members who enter will be disqualified, and no refund will be given.

For additional assistance, please refer to the FAQ on the LensCulture website, or email: ann@photography.org. 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.