Submission period: Monday, July 24 through Friday, September 18, 11:59pm Mountain Time (10:59pm Pacific)


2017 CPA International Juried Exhibition

Submission period: Monday, July 24 through Friday, September 18, 2017

The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) is pleased to announce the 2017 International Juried Exhibition! This year we are offering $10,000 in awards to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our historic gallery space, founded by the Friends of Photography in 1967, and proudly continued by the Center for Photographic Art since 1988. Forty-five juror-selected photographs will be exhibited in CPA’s historic gallery at Sunset Center in Carmel, California. These photographs will be featured in an online gallery on the CPA website. Up to an additional forty-five images will be selected and also included in the online gallery. An exhibition catalog of the images chosen for both the gallery and online exhibitions will be available for purchase. An entry discount is available for new and current CPA members.

2017 IJE Juror
CPA is honored to have as this year’s juror, Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He is currently organizing Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940–1950, and in 2016 curated Intersections: Photographs and Videos from the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Mr. Brookman was Chief Curator and Head of Research and Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1993 to 2014, where he organized exhibitions by celebrated artists such as Eadweard Muybridge, Sally Mann, Emmet Gowin, Robert Frank, Arnold Newman and Danny Lyon. Mr. Brookman brings a deep understanding and broad appreciation of diverse photographic styles, genres and mediums to CPA’s 2017 IJE.

The juror will grant the following awards:
Best in Show:                $4,000
Second Place:                $2,500
Third Place:                    $1,000

Five awards of merit:   $500 each

2017 International Juried Exhibition Timeline:

Submissions open:               7/24/17
Final day for submissions:    9/18/17 11:59 PM MDT   
Artists notified via email:            10/5/17                                     
Framed artwork due at CPA:       10/25/17                                 
Opening reception, awards presentation, catalog release:  11/4/17
IJE exhibition closes:                     12/23/17                                  
Artwork Returns:                           1/4/18 – 1/13/18     


The 2017 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:

Entry Period:                    7/24/17 – 9/18/17 11:59 PM MDT
$110 (with member discount)     CPA members may submit up to three images.
$160                                         Nonmembers may submit up to three images.

All entrants may submit up to twelve additional images at a cost of $10 each for a total of fifteen images.

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 the IJE Discount code, or just click here.

  You are welcome to join at the annual $50 Individual level. Visit the CPA membership page by clicking here to join.  Once you enroll at the annual $50 Individual level, you can access the IJE Discount code and enjoy the benefits of CPA membership!

You will apply the discount code at the end of the online CAFE entry system.

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

1.   Access the CaFE site and create a free personal account. or click here.
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 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 fifteen 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: gro.yhpargotohp@drahcir. 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.

4.  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 October 5, 2017. 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 25, 2017. Artists selected to 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. Glass is not allowed. Other than stretched canvas, unframed work 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 25, 2017. Hand carried deliveries and pickups are welcome during regular gallery hours –  Wednesday thru 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 and 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.

2017 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 18, 2017, 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
√  Prints must arrive at CPA no later than October 25, 2017


CPA will provide attribution for each selected artist on the walls of the exhibition, in the exhibition catalog, and the online gallery. 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.

Only one image per photographer may be selected for either the gallery exhibition or the online gallery. It is understood that the Artists with work accepted for the exhibition or for the online gallery own the rights to their work and grant CPA non-exclusive rights to use their images for IJE advertisement and related programs, for display on the CPA website and social media and for publication in the exhibition catalog. Ownership remains with the artist.

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All the links:

To join The Center for Photographic Art,  click here.

To get your member’s discount, click here.

To establish an account at CAFÉ (to upload your images) or to log in, click here.

To view the IJE prospectus and enter the International Juried Exhibition, click here.

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