Entries for the 2019 IJE have closed. See you next year!

2019 CPA International Juried Exhibition

Submission period: Friday, July 19 through Monday, September 16, 2019

The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) is excited to announce the 2019 International Juried Exhibition with $6,000 in awards! Forty-five juror-selected photographs will be exhibited from November 2 through December 21 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 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. Click here to become a member.

The juror will grant the following awards:
First Place: $2500
Second Place: $1500
Third Place: $1000
Four awards of merit: $250 each
Award of an Exhibition
One artist will be chosen for a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography

Please click the tabs below for information on our 2019 juror, the rules and fees, and how to enter. Good luck!

Paula Tognarelli

This year’s juror is Paula Tognarelli, the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. The Griffin Museum of Photography located in Winchester outside Boston, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. The museum houses 3 galleries and maintains 3 satellite gallery spaces. The museum has been in operation for 25 years. Ms. Tognarelli has held positions at the museum since 2002.

Ms. Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 54 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its surrounding satellite spaces. She holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, BA from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and was a candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University. Prior to her career as an arts administrator she spent 25 years in the printing industry. She was named one of 12 women in the United States that contributed to moving the industry from an analog workflow to a completely digital process.

She has juried and curated exhibitions internationally, is a regular participant in national and local portfolio reviews, has been a panelist and featured speaker at photography events and conferences including MacWorld. She has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography Fellowships and is a nominator for the Prix Pictet in Geneva, Switzerland, a nominator for the Heinz Prize in Pennsylvania, the Robert Gardner Fellowship at Harvard University, St. Botolph Club Foundation, MOPA Triennial, and the Rappaport Prize in Massachusetts. She is a past member of the Xerox Technical Advisory Board, Rotary and Winchester Multicultural Network. She is on the advisory board of the New England School of Photography.

Paula Tognarelli brings a deep understanding and broad appreciation of diverse photographic styles, genres and mediums to CPA’s 2019 International Juried Exhibition.


Early submission rates open: 7/19/19
Early submission rates end: 8/22/19 11:59 PM MDT
Final Deadline: Monday, September 16, 11:59pm Mountain Time (10:59pm Pacific)
Artists notified via email: 10/3/19
Framed artwork due at CPA: 10/24/19
Opening reception, awards presentation, catalog release: 11/02/19
IJE exhibition closes: 12/21/19
Artwork Returns: 1/4/19 – 1/13/19


The 2019 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 or online exhibitions are not eligible.

Entry Fees and discounts:

Early Submission Period: 7/19/19 – 8/22/19 11:59 PM MDT
$50 (with member discount) CPA members may submit up to three images.
$75 Non-members may submit up to three images.
Regular Entry Period: 8/23/19 – 9/16/19 11:59 PM MDT
$75 (with member discount) CPA members may submit up to three images.
$100 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 (click here to log in). In the menu,  MEMBERS/Access your benefits, just click on the “IJE Code” button link on the right.

• You are welcome to join CPA. Click here to join. 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.

If your photograph is selected:

If selected for the gallery or online exhibition, you will be notified via a CaFE auto generated email by October 3, 2019. 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 October 24, 2019. 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 October 24, 2019. Hand deliveries and pickups are welcome during regular gallery hours – Tuesday 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, 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

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.

2019 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 16, 2019, 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 October 24, 2019

• 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.

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.

Entries for the 2019 IJE have closed. See you next year!

How to Enter

All entrants must use the CallForEntry (CaFE) online entry system.
1. Access the CaFE site and create a free personal portfolio, (or use your previous one.)

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.

3. Once your CaFE portfolio is complete, you can select images from it to include in your IJE entry.

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.

*To claim your member’s discount, you must be signed in. (Click here to sign in.)  Then visit MEMBERS/Access your benefits, and click on the “IJE Code” button link on the right.

For additional assistance, please refer to the FAQ on the CaFE 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.