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Submission Period: Monday, April 9 through Friday, May 25, 11:59pm Mountain Time (10:59pm Pacific)


The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) is excited to announce the 2018 Members’ Juried Exhibition! $2000 in cash awards. Entry period is April 9 through May 24, 2018, and is open to new and current CPA members working in all still photographic media.  You may become a member when you enter. Non-thematic; any subject matter is eligible. An entry discount is available for current CPA members.

Our 2018 MJE juror is Charles Cramer, master printer and workshop mentor. Forty five images selected by the juror will be exhibited in the CPA gallery at the Sunset Center, Carmel, CA, as well as an online gallery. Up to an additional forty five images will also be included in the online gallery. All selected gallery and online images will be published in the 2018 Members’ Juried Exhibition catalog.

Eligibility and Entry Fees
To enter, you must be a CPA member. You may simultaneously join CPA and enter as a member by paying a $75.00 entry fee (which includes a single image entry and a one year Basic Individual membership with all benefits). If you’re currently a CPA member, the entry fee is only $25 for the first image!

$75.00             For non-members: includes a one year CPA Individual Basic membership
$25.00             For current CPA members (use discount code at check out)
$10.00/ea       Up to nineteen additional images (twenty total).

To retrieve your CPA Members $50 discount:
• For current CPA members, log into your account via the CPA website. Under the Members menu you will find your unique MJE Discount code: http://bit.ly/2oChntJ
• You are welcome to join at the annual $50 Individual level. Log into the CPA membership page at https://photography.org/shop/joincpa/.  Once you enroll at the annual $50 Individual level, you can access the MJE Discount code and also enjoy the benefits of CPA membership! You will apply the discount code at the end of the online CAFE entry system.

Jurying, Awards and Exhibitions
Forty five images selected by the juror will be exhibited in the historic CPA gallery in Carmel, CA, and featured in an online gallery on the CPA website. Up to an additional forty five images will be selected and will also be included in the online gallery.

All selected gallery and online images will be published in the 2018 Members’ Juried Exhibition catalog, available for sale during the exhibition and online afterward.

The juror will grant the following awards:
First Place :                             $700
Second Place:                         $500
Third Place:                            $300
Five Awards of Merit:         $100/each

2017 Top 3 Winners

1st      Galleon, Burma. ©Monica Denevan.
2nd    Oceano #5 ©Jim Banks.

3rd    Citizen’s Indefinite Leave. ©Jerry Takigawa.

Entering the 2018 Members’ Juried Exhibition
Entries will be accepted through the CallForEntry (CaFE) online entry system.
The submission process is outlined here: https://www.callforentry.org/faq.phtml

  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 (longest dimension) @ 72 ppi, 8bit jpeg.
    Profile:                                 AdobeRGB (1998). Files must not exceed 5MB.
    Please remove any visible names, titles, watermarks, etc.

Please note: Selected images and titles will be printed in the exhibition catalog directly from the information accompanying each file. Your personal information and image data will be our only source of information. Be certain that your name, titles, dates, dimensions, sales prices, and medium (archival pigment, platinum, silver gelatin, etc.) are accurate. You MUST title each image; “Untitled” is not allowed.

  1. You can upload your files to your CaFE portfolio at your leisure – you can sign out and log on and return to change or add more images.However, you must complete your ENTIRE MJE entry before you check out and pay your fees. Once your MJE entry is submitted, it cannot be edited nor can you add additional images. Therefore, please do not finalize your entry until you have entered the desired number of images and have double-checked that all your information including your name, titles, dates , sales prices and medium are accurate and correct. Please allow plenty of time to enter, CaFE is an automated system so late entries cannot be accepted after the deadline. Remember to enter your CPA Discount code at checkout.
  2. On April 9, you may enter the CPA MJE via the following CaFE url :   https://www.callforentry.org/agreetoterms.php?ID=5192

For assistance, please refer to the FAQ on the CaFE website, or email: richard@nullphotography.org. 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 period.

Notification and Submission of Artwork:
All entrants will be notified via email after June 4, 2018.
For invited gallery artists ONLY (online artists do not submit artwork) artwork must arrive at CPA no later than Thursday, June 28, 2018. Work delivered after this date will not be exhibited. 

Preparing your image for exhibition
All artwork for display in the gallery must be ready-to-hang. Framed pieces must be glazed with acrylic Plexiglas only; absolutely no glass.  Stretched canvas is allowed and frames can be wood or metal and in any style or profile. Matted but unframed work will not be displayed. Your finished piece must not exceed 30 inches on the long side and weigh less than 10 pounds, with hanging wire securely attached to the back of the frame. No saw tooth hangers.  For the safety of your piece and our gallery visitors, no exceptions will be granted for these framing requirements.

Delivery of Art
Accepted work must arrive at the Center for Photographic Art no later than Thursday, June 28, 2018, via Federal Express or UPS. Hand deliveries are welcome during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, Noon – 4:00pm.

If you ship your work please use sturdy, reusable packaging — we will use the same packaging to return the piece to you. You may use reusable fiberboard containers or sturdy cardboard boxes, with additional Masonite, bubble wrap and cardboard for shock protection. Use of Styrofoam peanuts or similar loose packaging material is not allowed and the piece will not be unpacked or exhibited.

Only FedEx or UPS deliveries will be accepted. Sorry, USPS is not allowed. You must include a prepaid return shipping label with additional insurance if desired for the return of your work. No cash, personal checks or stamps!

Prints that do not meet our requirements, arrive late or damaged, cannot be hung properly, or are deemed by the juror and CPA to be of poor quality will be not be exhibited. While your work is in our possession, 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 piece.

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

Juror: Charles Cramer – After studying classical piano, Charles Cramer visited Yosemite National Park, and soon realized he wanted out of those tiny practice rooms!  Discovering the similarities between interpreting music and interpreting a negative, he soon became dedicated to exploring the natural landscape and mastering the finely crafted image.

Charles is widely collected and is represented by several galleries including the Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park. In 1987 and again in 2009, and was selected by the National Park Service to be an artist-in-residence in Yosemite.  He is a highly respected mentor and has taught for the Ansel Adams Gallery, Anderson Ranch, and the Palm Beach and John Sexton Workshops. Charles’ work has been profiled in many prestigious publications including PhotoTechniques, Outdoor Photographer, Outdoor Photography (UK), Camera Natura (Sweden), Popular Photography (China), and PhotoVision, and is included in the books, Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers (2005), First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite’s Wilderness (2009), and most recently, Yosemite (2017).

CPA recognizes Charles’ sensitivity, depth and appreciation of the medium, and is proud to have him as the Juror for our 2018 Members’ Juried Exhibition. His work can be seen at www.charlescramer.com

MJE Submissions Open:                                          April 9, 2018
MJE Submissions Close:                                        Friday, May 25, 2018, 11:59 pm, MST
Artists notified via email after:                           June 4
Invited Artist’s artwork due by:                           June 28
Opening reception, awards presentation:      July 7
MJE Exhibition:                                                           July 7 – August 12

Center for Photographic Art – Meaning Made Visible

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