Personal Award

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 - 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

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

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