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Annual Print Exchange & Membership Meeting: March 15th, 2018

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on March 11, 2018


Sandstone Creek, Vail, Colorado, February 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

The annual print exchange and membership meeting for the PhotoExchange, a group of photographers who meet monthly at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA will be this Thursday, March 15, 2018 stating at 6pm. There will also be some food, usually a few kinds of pizza, vegetables and cookies, with some non-alcoholic beverages.

I have discussed this interesting, if not a bit wacky, print exchange earlier, as this print exchange has been an on-going event by this group for about twenty years. Reminds me of a white-elephant Christmas gift exchange.

Those who participate bring a photographic print, not necessarily matted, but it might help, more about that in just a moment. You will be guaranteed to leave with a print, perhaps not your first choice. The process starts with a judging of all of the photograph by the participants and the photographer who brought the photograph that has the most “likes” gets to choose another photographic print. The photographer whose photograph was just selected then has a few minutes to talk about their photograph before selecting a photograph of their choice. This process of selecting prints, then the selected photographer chooses a print continues until all of the photographic prints are gone. Unlike a white-elephant exchange, the selection is only from the the remaining photographs on display, not a photograph that somebody else has already selected.

Seems in the past that photographs with mattes usually obtains more likes or are chosen early in the process, when then entitles the photographer who brought that photograph to choose a print of their liking sooner.

This is also the membership meeting for those who wish to continue to belong, or want to join, for the year to bring their annual dues of $35.00. Preferably  a check as the group does not have access to make a credit card transaction unless someone wants to consider using PayPal with Larry Pribble.

Note: as you may suspect, like last year’s post about this event, I am included the photograph that I am bringing this year. The photographic image is 6″ x 6″, archival matte, Edition of 1/10, pigment print on Museo Portfolio Rag, Extra Smooth Matte Finish, 300 gsm weight. For those who would like to purchase a copy of this limited edition print, either in this size or larger, message me at

Let me or Gerry know if you have any questions,


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Street Shooting Around the World – One Week Left to Submit!

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photograph Exhibits, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on December 21, 2017
Photo by Kevin Weinstein, 2017 winner and exhibiting artist


Fourth Annual “Street Shooting Around the World” Exhibition

Just one week left to submit!

Deadline for submission: Thursday, December 28, 2017

LACP is pleased to announce our Fourth Annual “Street Shooting Around the World” Exhibition! The exhibit will run from February 16 – March 16, 2018, with opening night reception scheduled for Friday, February 16, 7-10 pm, 2018. The theme is street shooting in Los Angeles and around the world. The juror will select between 40-50 images based on creativity, originality, and quality. In addition, another 50-60 images will be chosen for a virtual gallery display via LACP’s website. There is no limit to the amount of images which can be submitted.

The Prizes

1st Prize: $1,000 cash prize, plus an invitation to show your work during the STREET WEEK in LA weekend presentations (February 17, 2018).
This prize is awarded to the photographer with the best “body” of work. At least six images must be submitted.

(NOTE: To be eligible for the 1st place prize, you MUST submit at least SIX IMAGES.)

2nd Prize: $500 scholarship toward any LACP street class or travel street workshop. This prize is given to a single outstanding image.

NEW! In addition to the prizes and exhibiting at LACP, 12-20 photographs from the exhibition will be selected by a Senior Art Producer at Saatchi & Saatchi, a global communications and advertising agency with 140 offices in 76 countries, for display in their Los Angeles offices for a period of time after the LACP exhibition closes. Exact dates TBD.

The Juror

Street photographer Gus Powell from New York City will be this year’s juror.
EligibilityThis exhibit is open internationally to both amateurs and professionals.

The deadline to send digital files for consideration is Thursday, December 28, 2017 by midnight PST. There is no limit to the amount of images which can be submitted.

Entry Fee

There is no limit to the amount of images which can be submitted. If submitting more than 10 images, please repeat the payment process as necessary.

$25 for 1 photo
$50 for 2-5 photos
$75 for 6-10 photos (NOTE: Submitting at least six images makes you eligible to receive the 1st place prize.)
(Entry fee is 50% off for LACP Members)


Frank Cancian a Finalist at the Lucie Photobook Prize Competition

Posted in Books & Magazines, Juried opportunities, Photographers, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on October 6, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Frank Cancian’s book Lacedonia: An Italian Town, 1957 is a finalist in the Lucie Photobook Prize Competition. This project was reviewed here at SCPX by Douglas Stockdale. Congratulations, Frank!




Medium Festival of Photography Discounted Early Registration Starts Friday, Aug. 18

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Festival registration opens Friday Aug 18; discounts through Aug. 31.

Medium’s 2017 Festival registration opens Friday, August 18. We offer Early Bird discounts on all VIP and Festival Passes purchased before midnight Aug. 31—take advantage of the deepest discounts we offer!

This year’s Festival brings artist lectures with John Gossage, Christina Seely, John Chiara, and many other provocative artists. We’re also introducing collection tours, exhibitions, a film screening, pop-up events, and book signings at the 2017 Festival.

Medium is more than an annual event for contemporary photography, it’s a place to make new discoveries and connect with fans of contemporary art from across North America, Europe, and beyond!

Medium is an artist-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Support our mission to foster awareness and understanding of innovative photography by donating today!

­Copyright © 2017 Medium Festival of Photography, All rights reserved.

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Portfolio Reviewer for LACP

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on August 5, 2017


Dawn Watson, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale

This last month I was a guest portfolio reviewer for the LACP (Los Angeles Center of Photography) EXPOSURE 2017 portfolio reviews at the dnj Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamont (Arts) Station.

Overall it was a great experience as a portfolio reviewer as I was introduced to some very intriguing and well thought out photographic projects. It should probably come as no surprise that many of the photographers and artists were interested in spending time with me regarding my assessment about these projects being published.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked before one of these events; how does one prepare for a portfolio review? Since the review is scheduled for only 20 minutes, everyone is always surprised in how quickly this time slips by. First just about everyone brings too many photographs and supporting materials probably in the hopes that a reviewer will be able to see it all and still have time to provide some wise advice. Nope that usually does NOT happen.

Second, as a portfolio reviewer I start each discussion with three requests: tell me about yourself, tell me about the portfolio we are going to review and what is it you would like to obtain feedback from me about your project that might help you to move it forward?

Reviewers would like to know a little bit about who they are talking to; not your life story, but a quick 2 minute bio, which I call an elevator speech. Same for the portfolio (maybe a photographic project), for the photographer/artist to provide some context as to what is going to be reviewed, again perhaps 1-2 minutes, another elevator speech. Last, what is it you need from the review? Some examples: feedback on the editing of the photographs, are the images technically acceptable, could this sequence or series work in a book layout, are the photographs consistent with the artistic statement, etc.

Third, plan on reviewing only one portfolio with each reviewer, you can bring more portfolios, but you will only have real quality time to spend on one with each reviewer. In most portfolio reviews the artist/photographer might be meeting with a series of different portfolio reviewers and it is appropriate to select a portfolio that is relevant to a specific reviewer. In my case, most wanted me to review their book dummy’s or portfolios that they were thinking about having published.

Fourth, plan on having less than 15 prints in the portfolio to have reviewed. In many cases we did not get through all 15 prints during our 20 minute session. You should want quality time/discussion for each image and how these images relate to each other. This exchange takes time when it results in a give and take discussion.

Bring something to take notes and one photographer recorded our review session. Each portfolio reviewer is an individual with a point of view, which may be very different from yours, so don’t become defensive if the reviewer does not see or understand what you are trying to communicate with your photographic prints. One key purpose of coming to a portfolio review is to get a broader exposure to your work and have others talk about what they see. If you are doing more talking than listening, then you are not going to obtain the full benefit of this occasion.

Last, leave something behind, perhaps as simple as a business card (yes, one person left me with one of their books) to help the reviewer remember who you are (I did 12 portfolio reviews on Saturday and names and projects began to blur at the end of the day) and then follow up with a nice email note a couple of days after the event.

Reviewers are there to help you and if they can point you in a direction or make an follow on introduction, they usually will. I had a short list of introductions and follow-up items that I had promised and these are just about completed, as it takes a few days to get organized. Also realized that these are good events to network with the other photographers and artist who are participating in the reviews as you never can tell what might come up during a side discussion.

Note: I had not realized at the time I took the photograph of Dawn Watson, above, that the large red photograph behind me was going to reflect so much pink color on Watson’s self-published book. Below is a better representation of her book “Trees” ( & thanks to Watson for providing a better photograph) and a nice follow-up email regarding our review time together. well done.


Douglas Stockdale, Publisher



Reminder: Last Day to Submit to Size Matters at Medium!

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photograph Exhibits, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on August 1, 2017

Call for Entries:
the 2017 Size Matters exhibition

We’ve extended our signature Festival exhibition, with submissions now open through August 1 at midnight!

Juried by Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Size Matters celebrates photographic prints no larger than 10″ in the long dimension. Previous works exhibited range from sculptural works to 35mm and 8″x10″ contact prints, digital, analog, tintypes and more. One work from our exhibition will be selected for the Juror’s Choice Award, receiving a $500 purchase award and having the work donated to the permanent collection of a regional museum. Additional awards include VIP passes to the Festival and more!

Submit up to 10 images today, powered by our friends at LensCulture.

Medium Festival of Photography (Oct. 26-29) and Size Matters Exhibition (Entries from July 1)

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Workshops, Photograph Exhibits by Gerhard Clausing on June 21, 2017
© Stacy Keck, 2016

2017 Festival Registration

Save the date for our 2017 Festival happening Oct. 26-29, and take advantage of our early bird registration opening August 18! We’ve got an exceptional event planned this fall including our renowned Present Tense lecture series, a new set of Medium Experiences taking you behind the scenes at museums and photography exhibitions across the city, and more exciting plans in store!

If you’re planning to attend Medium and want to book your hotel rooms now visit our Lafayette Hotel reservations page.

Save the date, the 2017 Medium Festival returns Oct. 26-29!

2017 Size Matters exhibition

Join us for the 3rd annual Size Matters exhibition, celebrating small works of art (sized less than 10″), curated this year by Katherine Ware. Submissions for the 2017 exhibition open July 1—plan to submit your work to the signature exhibition of the Medium Festival of Photography!

Summer means Medium events!

Join Medium this summer for a series of planned events, including:

July 25 – an exhibition reception in San Diego for our Second Sight Award recipients
Aug. 12 – a film screening offered through Group f.16
Sept. 18 – a seminar on collecting contemporary photography.

Stay tuned as we release more details on each of these events, or email us to learn more!

25th Annual Orange County High School Photography Invitational, May 30 at Orange Coast College

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits by Gerhard Clausing on May 23, 2017

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On Tuesday, May 30th, there will be an artist’s reception of the 25th Annual Orange County High School Photography Invitational.  This is a juried exhibition open to students from all Orange County high schools.  It was created by Ellen Butler, when she was the photography instructor at Costa Mesa High School.  For most, if not all of those 25 years, the event has been supported in some manner by The Photo Exchange, either with members serving as jurors, by awarding prizes on behalf of the Exchange, by helping to underwrite entry fees for students for whom the fee might prevent them from entering, and simply by attending the reception to support the students.  The reception is an opportunity to see the talent and creativity of a large number of student artists from close to 20 schools.  More than 40 awards will be presented to recognize outstanding individual images and for projects and bodies of work.

The reception will be held from 5:30 pm to about 8:00 pm at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa in the Arts Center Building on the south side of the campus closest to Merrimac Way.  The awards presentation will begin about 6:30 pm.  At the same, the Newport Mesa School District will be having a multi-media exhibit of student work with a reception that is also open to the public in the Doyle Art Gallery next door to the Arts Center building.  Parking is free in parking lot D, which can be accessed from Merrimac Way.


Landscapes: Call for Entries, Deadline Jan. 25, 2017

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photograph Exhibits, Photography, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on January 5, 2017
The Center for Fine Art Photography

Image Credits: Bob Avakian and Robert Atwater
SUBMISSIONS DUE:  January 25, 2017                    Theme:  LANDSCAPES 2017

All artist renditions on the Landscapes theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for selection by the juror.
Juror | Lisa Volpe
Lisa Volpe is the Associate Curator, Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She previously held several positions at the Wichita Art Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA). She served as a the Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellow for the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and as the Case Western University Fellow in the photography department at  the Cleveland Museum of Art. She has contributed to and helped organize several collaborative exhibitions and publications including John Divola: As Far As I could Get, a collaboration between SBMA, LACMA, and the Pomona College Museum of Art.

Juror’s Award| $400.00

Director’s Award | $200.00

Honorable Mention Awards: 1 year membership and a three image submission for an upcoming call for entry.
Artists selected for exhibition by our Juror are invited to attend the Artist Immersion Weekend at C4FAP in Fort Collins, Colorado. The immersion weekends include a lively public reception followed by a dinner on the town, a private portfolio review with the Juror and one with the Executive Director, artist group lunch and a portfolio share with professional development discussion. All selected artists are included in the Main Gallery Exhibition and Online Gallery seen by an international audience.
For More Information about Landscapes 2017 Call For Entries:

The Center for Fine Art Photography, 400 North College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

FREE guide from LensCulture – Get exposure for you photography

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on November 29, 2016


LensCulture is now offering a FREE download (pdf) for their recent 2017 guide to help with gaining exposure for you fine art photographs, available here

I will have to admit that since I now work for lensCulture, I have a bit of a basis ;- )

Nevertheless, go check it out and I would like to hear back from you as to whether you think if this guide will make a difference for you in 2017.

Your truly, the Editor