Juried Exhibit: The Portrait

by Jessica Stolen
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THEME: The Portrait | JUROR: Layne Kennedy

The essence of great photographic portraiture goes beyond technical proficiency; it involves capturing the subject in a way that is emotionally resonant, visually compelling, and communicates a deeper understanding of the individual.

In her book, Portraits and Persons, writer Cynthia Freeland describes three essential elements that constitute a portrait: “(1) a recognizable physical body (2) an inner life, i.e., some sort of psychological or mental states and (3) self-presentation, or the “posing.”

Praxis Gallery seeks the submission of photographs that celebrate the aesthetic and conceptual considerations involved in the creation of the portrait: revealing personal narratives or new anthologies through the artistic representation of the subject. All genres, capture types, black & white and color, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. 

Juror | Layne Kennedy

Layne Kennedy is known for his editorial photography that conveys a strong sense of people and place. His images are featured in magazines worldwide on subjects as varied as the streets of Havana to the Pink Dolphins of the Amazon River. Layne has published numerous books of his photography and his work is featured in Smithsonian, LIFE, Audubon, Islands, Sports Illustrated, Terre Sauvage, Nature Conservancy, Newsweek , National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Outdoor Explorer, and other magazines. A frequent speaker at events and workshops, Layne has been teaching photography for more than 25 years. He currently teaches with the Worldwide Mentor Treks, North House Folk School, Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge and his own worldwide photo tours – including tours to Italy, Iceland and Kenya. More about Layne Kennedy here: https://www.laynekennedy.com


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Acceptance

Up to seventy-four images will be selected by the juror for exhibition at Praxis Gallery. Photographers will be notified of their selection twelve days after the deadline. Instructions for shipping art or online submission of hi-res artwork for print for exhibit will be included in the email acceptance notification. Accepted photographs will be posted on the Praxis website exhibition page at that time. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Submitted images may not have been exhibited at Praxis Gallery within the past year.

Awards

Up to seventy-four images will be selected by the juror for exhibition at Praxis Gallery. A Juror’s Choice, a Directors’ Choice and eight Honorable Mentions will be awarded and featured in the exhibition, the printed show exhibit book, and the online exhibit gallery. Juror’s Choice will receive free entry into three juried calls for entry of their choice and a complimentary exhibit book. Directors’ Choice will receive free entry into two juried calls for entry of their choice. 

Submission Fees

$35.00 for submitting up to five images, $5.00 for each additional image (up to ten total images per open call). Payment is accepted by credit/debit card through our secure online submission site. The entry fee for submissions is non-refundable. 

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  • Praxis Members receive 10 images for the price of 5 images. To learn more about Praxis Membership Benefits, go to https://www.praxisphotocenter.org/memberships
  • In addition to keeping our entry fees low for all artists, Praxis also has a limited number of free entries for artists experiencing financial hardships. Email info@praxisgallery.com for more information.

Image Submission Formatting

Submissions are accepted as digital files through our online submission form. Please prepare your files as follows:  

(a) File Format. Images must be saved and submitted as Jpegs.

(b) Image Size. Images must be 72 ppi. Image must be 1920 pixels or less on longest side. Images must be 8MB or less.

(c) File Name. Name image file as follows: ImageTitle_by_FirstName_LastName. Example: MyPhoto_by_Amy_Johnson.jpg.

(d) Please contact us with any digital formatting questions at info@praxisgallery.com

Exhibit Artwork Submission & Printing for Selected Artists

Praxis Gallery offers two options for selected artists to submit photographs for exhibition:

(a) Praxis Gallery accepts original artwork that fits one of our four precut matte sizes. We do not accept framed artwork. Praxis will matte and frame artists original prints. Original art must be shipped with return postage and packaging. The shipping package must include artist’s name and the exhibition the image is included in.

(b) For the convenience of the artist Praxis Gallery will print photographers hi-res files for a $37.00 fee. Price includes printing, matting, framing and installation *Note: Frames owned by the gallery used for all exhibitions. Photographers will receive instructions for uploading hi-res files to our secure Dropbox site. Praxis print technicians have over 50 years of custom fine art printing experience. Images will be printed on our state-of-the-art Canon 44 inch Pro-4000 printer on Epson Premium Luster Fine Art Photo Paper. 

Exhibition Frame & Print Size

Praxis features museum-quality 22×22-inch black frames. Selected photographers will be asked to choose from one of our four standard precut white mattes. The maximum printed image area [not including the border around the image area] are as follows: (a) 11”x11” (b) 10”x15” (c) 11.8″x15″ (d) 8”x15″. The printed image area may be smaller than the max print area size listed. If the printed image area is larger than the sizes listed it will be cropped out by the matte. We will scale (never crop) the digitally submitted final hi-res images size for best presentation in the mattes. Selected photographers will receive instructions with their acceptance notice on shipping their image or on sizing and submitting their high-res digital image files for printing for exhibition in the show.

Sales & Archive

Photographers who have designated that their exhibition prints are for sale to the public will be contacted promptly regarding any purchase enquires of their artwork. Praxis Gallery will take a 50% commission of any sales. All selected submissions will be maintained at the Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center’s online gallery archives. Artists have the option (but are not obligated) to donate prints that do not sell during the exhibition to Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center for fundraising purposes. 

Copyright & Usage Rights

Artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artists whose photographs are accepted for exhibition grant Praxis Gallery the nonexclusive right to use, print, and reproduce submitted digital files for the purpose of the exhibition, promoting the artist,  promoting related programs and subsequent display on Praxis Gallery’s website, social media and online exhibition archives. The artist’s name will be included wherever the photographs are displayed.

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