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Close on March 24, 2017
Communication Arts Photography Competition
Hosted by: Communication Arts
Territory: Worldwide
Eligibility: Any photograph first printed or produced from March 2016 through March 2017 is eligible.
Entry Fee: $40 single entry $80 series
Each winning entrant will receive a personalized Award of Excellence, milled from solid aluminum. Communication Arts has six juried competitions that cover the entire field of visual communications. With winning entries published both in print and online, art and creative directors, graphic designers, Web designers, copywriters, photographers and illustrators find these competitions a priority for worldwide promotion and a valuable resource for potential clients and colleagues.
January 15, 2017 to March 26, 2017
Der Greif
Hosted by: Der Greif
Territory: Worldwide - Theme: Open
Entry Fee: tba
Print-publication #10 of Der Greif marks almost a decade of the organization. There will be events organized coinciding with the release in July 2017. There’s no subject to the submissions and there are no submission-costs involved. Overall concept of the publication is de- and recontextualization of single images, so photographers submitting are aware of stepping back from controlling parts of their work as it might be shown in an entirely new context, placed next to works of photographers and authors of different origins.
Photographers published in #10 receive great exposure related to activities planned around the publication in July. They receive a free copy plus a voucher for additional copies. From the published artists, a selected number is invited to show their entire series in an Artist-Feature on Der Greif and to take over the Artist-Blog.
Close on April 16, 2017
Art and Oppression
Hosted by: CENTER
Territory: Worldwide
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: Cash Prize
This year’s theme is Art & Oppression. The theme for the call for entries is open to the interpretation of the artist and the selection committee. Artists are encouraged to consider the theme with literal and creative interpretations. The Art & Oppression exhibition will open at Santa Fe University of Art & Design’s Marion Center on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 5-7pm and continue through September 15, 2017.
February 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017
YET Magazine
Hosted by: YET Magazine
Territory: Worldwide - Theme: Open
Entry Fee: 15 Euros
Due to the launch of a new format which involves different approaches and media, YET magazine is pleased to launch a call for projects meant to find amazing photography series to develop a curatorial project with the collaboration of several international curators and experts.
YET magazine is a Swiss international photography publication which showcases editorials and photographic series from artists worldwide. We showcase both emerging and well-known international photographers – our work is basically characterized by the quality of the submitted project, from its concept to the shoot, up to the final editing. Since it has been produced and managed by people operating in the photographic sector, YET wants to show “the image” from other perspectives, starting from the photography itself. The whole working process in YET magazine is based on the firm conviction that a photographer’s work must be shown as it is: for this reason, all the photographic projects are published without any graphic or text insertions, not cut down and free from any form of further editing. Each selection is curated in collaboration with the guest artists. Along with the photographic series, we also publish reviews, in-depth articles and interviews with the key players of the sector, with the aim of giving an updated look on the international contemporary photography scene.
Close on June 10, 2017
Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Grants
Hosted by: Lagardere Foundation
Territory: Worldwide - Theme: Documentary
Eligibility: Under 35
Entry Fee: No - FREE
Prize: Cash Prize
Created in 1990, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Grants help young media and culture professionals. Every year, a grant of 15,000 euros is awarded to a (french speaking) photographer under the age of 35 who wishes to create an original and innovative documentary project. The jury is composed of photography and media professionals. Much more than financial support, these grants provide a true springboard, helping to launch the careers of the award winners. Applicants should practice photography as their core activity and have authored at least two documentary photo publications printed on paper or online in periodical press and/or as books and/or exhibition catalogs. Some of the previous recipients of the Foundation Photographer grants include: Sarah Caron (2000), Samuel Bollendorff (2001), Agnès Dherbeys (2005), Véronique de Viguerie (2006), Stéphanie Lacombe (2006), William Daniels (2007), Elena Chernyshova (2011), Maciek Pozoga (2014) . . . In 2016, the Photographer grant was awarded to Anna Filipova for her photo essay on Greenland, highlighting the impact of mining on the local populations. Through their ambitious vision and generous financing, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Photographer Grants are an excellent example of encouragement for, and acknowledgement of, the profession of photography!
Close on December 31, 2017
Larry Sultan Photography Award
Hosted by: Pier 24 Photography, CCA and SFMOMA
Territory: Worldwide
Eligibility: Application process is by nomination only.
Entry Fee: No - FREE
Prize: Artist in Residence
Merit of past work that exemplifies innovation in the discipline of photography
Readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience at Headlands and the CCA community (see program goals)
Potential to develop creative practice and impact the community at Headlands and beyond

Selectin Process
Headlands' staff and partners review applications to ensure completion and eligibility
Submissions are reviewed by a jury of knowledgeable and esteemed artists and arts professionals (particularly those with strong understanding of photography)
The jury evaluates each artist's materials and selects finalists
Finalists are invited to present their work in a 20-minute, in-person, phone, or Skype interview to determine the final award selection.
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