MJE Prospectus

2023 Members’ Juried Exhibition

The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) is excited to announce the 2023 Members Juried Exhibition! This year we are offering $2400 in awards and prizes. New or current CPA members working in all still photographic media are welcome to enter. There is no theme; any subject matter is eligible.

Hamidah Glasgow has been the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, since 2009. She holds a masters degree in humanities specializing in visual and gender studies and a bachelors degree in philosophy. Hamidah is a co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective. Strange Fire Collective is a group of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces. We seek to create a venue for work that critically questions the dominant social hierarchy and are dedicated to highlighting work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists. She is one of the founding board members of the Colorado Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The period for entries has passed for 2023. See you next year!


Submission period: January 2 through February 17, 2023, 11:59pm MST

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 for the online gallery.

All selected gallery and online images will be published in the 2023 Members Juried Exhibition catalog, available for sale during the exhibition as well as for purchase on our website.

The juror will grant the following awards:
Best of show: $1000
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $250
5 merit awards: $50 each
Jack Wasserbach Award for B&W Photography (courtesy of the Image Makers of Monterey County): $250
Peoples Choice Award: $150

Eligibility and Entry Fees
To enter, you must be a CPA member.  The 2023 Members Juried Exhibition (MJE) is open to all living photographers, worldwide, over the age of 18, working in all still photographic media, provided they are a CPA member. There is no theme; any subject matter is eligible.
For non-members, you are welcome join by accessing the CPA membership page at https://photography.org/shop/joincpa/ and join at the level of your choice.

$35.00 For 3 images, for current CPA members
$5.00/ea Up to seventeen additional images may be entered (twenty total)

Entering the 2022 CPA Members Juried Exhibition

How to Enter
All entrants need to use the CallForEntry (CaFE) online entry system.
1. Access the CaFE site and create a free personal account. https://www.callforentry.org/
2. Here’s the direct link to the CPA Members Juried Exhibition: https://artist.callforentry.org/CPA 2023

3. 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.

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. Please title each image; “Untitled” is not allowed.

Notification and Submission of Artwork: All entrants will be notified of the results via automated email after February 27, 2023. Check your spam or junk folders for this notice.

For invited gallery artists ONLY (online artists do not send artwork) artwork needs to arrive at CPA no later than Friday, March 24, 2023. 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, except for sculptural pieces and 3D works that will be displayed on a pedestal or shelf. Framed pieces can be wood or metal and in any style or profile and must be glazed with acrylic Plexiglas only; absolutely no glass. Mounted prints are welcome as long as they have some hanging method. 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. Please no saw tooth hangers. Diptych, triptych, multiple images, etc. must not exceed 30 inches combined on the long side. For the safety of your piece and our gallery visitors, no exceptions will be granted for these framing requirements.

Delivery of Art
Accepted work needs to arrive at the Center for Photographic Art no later than Friday, March 24 2023 via only Federal Express or UPS. No USPS please. Hand deliveries are welcome during gallery hours, Wednesday – 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 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 (USPS does not deliver to the Sunset Center). Please include a prepaid return-shipping label with additional insurance if desired for the return of your work. No cash, personal checks or stamps please.

Prints that do not meet our requirements, arrive late or damaged, cannot be hung properly, or are deemed by the jurors 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 needs to accompany your work or be completed upon our receipt of the piece.

MJE Submissions Open: January 2, 2023
MJE submissions Close: February 17, 2023 (11:59pm MT)
Artists notified via email after: February 27, 2023
Invited artists artwork delivered by: March 24, 2023
MJE Exhibition: April 1-May 7, 2023
Reception and awards presentation: April 1, 4:00-6:00pm

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Legal Agreement:

• Ownership remains with the artist.
• 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 CPA MJE 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 staff and Trustees are not eligible.
• CPA will retain 40% commission on all print sales. Work for sale will be sold and shipped at the end of the exhibition and as submitted. CPA will not disassemble or exchange frames or mats. Artists will be contacted for additional print orders.
• 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.