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Points of Return





Arts platform A La Luz is seeking entries for Points of Return, an exhibition in summer 2021 that will shed light on the wide-raging environmental issues the world faces in this time of climate crisis, whilst also presenting paths to possible solutions. A La Luz will also produce a book featuring all the artists’ works selected for the exhibition.

A La Luz is calling artists from any origin at any career stage to submit works and projects that highlight some of the impacts that human actions have had on our planet and also foster critical thinking about positive change. The title of the exhibition, Points of Return, references the fact that we haven’t reached the dreaded “point of no return.” Therefore there are still many opportunities for our civilisation to curb climate change and move toward a balanced and more sustainable and harmonious way of inhabiting Earth. 

Points of Return will present some of the most alarming consequences that our actions have had on nature, but it will also highlight hope and the possibility of a bright future for our home planet.

Works from any art discipline are welcome, and projects that involve collaboration or dialogue with science are encouraged, but not required. Some of the environmental issues that the proposals might address are:

  • Plastic pollution
  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Monoculture
  • Degraded soils
  • Extensive farming
  • Overfishing
  • Melting ice caps
  • Deforestation
  • Water pollution
  • Desertification
  • Extreme meteorological phenomena
  • Changing precipitation patterns
  • CO2 emissions and green house effect
  • Rising sea levels
  • Ocean acidification
  • Erosion

Works that have been developed from 2018 onwards are eligible for Points of Return. We also accept projects that are ongoing or that are currently being developed but that may have not come to a conclusion yet.

Between 10 and 15 artists will be selected, depending on the number of applications and the ability of the projects submitted to communicate ideas related to humanity’s impact on the environment and ways to have a healthier relationship with nature.

All selected artists will feature in a book related to the exhibition, in both digital, and eventually printed format.

Deadline for applications July 1st


The jury panel comprises a group of artists, scientists and activists whose practices focus extensively on the environment. They will select 5 works that will become part of the Special Jury Selection.

  • Joseph Calleja, Artist
  • Luce Choules, Artist and Writer, Founder of TSOEG.org
  • Inés García, Artist
  • Begoña Izquierdo, Biologist and Activist
  • Anna Macleod, Environmental Artist
  • Miranda Massier, Director of The Climate Museum
  • Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry, Founders and Directors of the Land Art Generator
  • Yasmine Ostendorf, Founder of the Green Art Lab Alliance


Run by artists David Cass & Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar, A La Luz is an international wide ranging platform for sustainable and environmentally focussed creative works. Our name, “A La Luz”, translates from the Spanish as “to bring to light” or, “to shed light on”.

Just as the climate crisis can only be tackled collectively, so too is this art project inclusive and collaborative in nature. A La Luz shares, promotes, and acts as a reference tool and forms a compendium of creative responses to climate change.

Prize summary: 
Online exhibition and publication
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The selected artists will participate in an online exhbition and their work will be part of a book. 


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CENTERs 2021 Calls for Entry - The CENTER Awards: Personal, Social, & Environmental



Applications are Open for the CENTER 2021 Calls for Entry. Apply online today to the Awards, Grants & Review Santa Fe Portfolio Reviews - www.visitcenter.org/call-for-entries. Want extra discounts? Sign up as a member!

All of CENTER’s Call for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work can have been made at any time and work that has been submitted previously may be re-submitted as we have new jurors each year. Work derived from all photographic processes is accepted, as well as mixed media that is photo-based. Only the Multimedia Award accepts video, multimedia files and/or still images for submission.



NEW IN 2021: The CENTER Awards recognize outstanding images in three categories: Personal, Social, and Environmental. Images may be singular or part of a series. All submissions will become part of the CENTER archive serving as an ongoing resource of mission-driven fine art and documentary imagery.

PERSONAL - Recognizes work engaging in the exploration, expression, and/or advocacy of oneself drawing awareness to the power of self-representation or underrepresented experiences.  Projects related to identity, self-improvement, mental health, individualism, accessibility, disability, or other topics exploring self-empowerment are encouraged to apply.

SOCIAL - Recognizes work engaged in amplifying community issues and social activism. This category highlights projects in which the artist has a vested interest in, is a member of, or is an advocate for a specific social cause and/or community.

ENVIRONMENTAL - Recognizes work focusing on the state of the ecological environment. Topics may include but are not limited to, conservation, biodiversity, ecology, climate change, or other issues concerning the natural world. All projects exploring ecological relationships, topics, or themes are eligible.


SUBMIT: 1-6 images* and a 325-word project statement | *Additional files are $5 each

JURORS: Merry Scully - Head of Curatorial Affairs, Curator of Contemporary Art, New Mexico Museum of Art & Melissa Dale - Interim Director of Photography, The Nature Conservancy

PACKAGE: Review Santa Fe: Tuition & Presentation, Lenscratch publication, and Online Exhibition at visitcenter.org




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Image credit Images from the series “No Memory is Ever Alone” © Catherine Panebianco

Prize summary: 
Career Advancement
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Review Santa Fe: Tuition & Presentation, Lenscratch publication, and Online Exhibition at visitcenter.org


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