International Photography Competition and Exhibition – 2012 San Francisco

Deadline: 20 January 2012
Open to: The Competition is open to everyone (
all countries).The theme is open too. All genres are welcome.

, , College of DuPage and producer of the History of Photography podcast series. Curto is on the board of the Society for Photographic Education.

March 3 – March 24, 2012

Michelle O’Connor Gallery, San Francisco, California

The theme is open. 40 outstanding photographs will be chosen for the March 2012 Gallery Photographica Exhibition in San Francisco. From these, three winners will be selected to receive $6,000 (USD) in awards.

1st Place $3,000
2nd Place $2,000
3rd Place $1,000

The Exhibition is on the gallery tour offered to attendees at the National Conference of the Society for Photographic Education.

Exhibition photographs are offered for sale. Exhibition images will also be displayed on our web site, with links to the artists’ sites.

To facilitate participation for finalists, printing and framing is available at an affordable cost.

Open call for entry


The theme is open. All genres are welcome.


Residents of all countries are eligible to register. The Competition is open to everyone except where prohibited by law.


Jeff Curto, Professor of Photography, College of DuPage

Location of Exhibition

   Michelle O’Connor Gallery
2111 Mission St
San Francisco, California

Important dates

Deadline for entries (midnight PST) January 20, 2012
Finalists and award winners announced February 1, 2012
Delivery for Exhibition:
Deadline for receipt of electronic files for printing and framing February 5, 2012
Deadline for receipt of shipped artwork February 24, 2012
Artwork hand delivered to gallery February 26, 2012
Opening of Exhibition and reception March 3, 2012
Closing day of Exhibition March 24, 2012
Entry fee

Registration is $45 (USD) for the first 3 images, and $10 for each additional image. Registration and submission of photographs is online.

Selection and awards

The juror will select 40 photographs for the Exhibition. The decision of the juror is final. $6,000 (USD) in awards will be granted as follows:

  • 1st Place $3,000
  • 2nd Place $2,000
  • 3rd Place $1,000

The Director reserves the right to reject any works deemed inappropriate.

Submitting images

Image files uploaded for judging must conform to the following guidelines.

  • Entries must be 1,280 pixels long on the longest side.
  • Entries must be submitted as JPG files saved with compression level 7 (medium).
  • Images must use the sRGB or RGB color space.
  • Images must have layers flattened, and be in 8 bit mode.
  • File names must end with .jpg
  • File names cannot contain any of the following characters !@#$”%^&*()+

Registrants may substitute or add images at any time until registration closes.

Preparing artwork for exhibition

  • Image size must be 20 inches (50 cm) maximum in the longest dimension.
  • Frame size must be 28 inches (70cm) maximum in the longest dimension.
  • The frame must be ready to hang, with hanging wire attached.
  • Electronically delivered finalists’ images must be flattened tif or psd files, 240 ppi, 16-bit, adobe 1998 or pro photo color space, and cropped and sized to final print dimensions including any desired borders.
Delivering artwork for exhibition

Artwork can be shipped, hand delivered, or delivered electronically. Hand delivered work must be packaged for protection as if to ship. Electronically delivered artwork will be printed and framed, using archival materials, at a modest cost by Gallery Photographica.

Selling of artwork during the Exhibition

All work in the Exhibition will be offered for sale. Artists may consult with Gallery Photographica to determine prices. Gallery Photographica retains a 40% commission on sold works.

Return of unsold works

Arrangements for return of unsold work must be made with Gallery Photographica by March 18, 2012. Return options include:

  • Pick-up from the gallery on March, 25, 2012
  • Shipment to the artist for the cost of packing and shipping
  • Disposal at artist’s request

Unclaimed work becomes the property of Gallery Photographica.

Use of images

Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist. Entrants must own and have exclusive copyright to all images they submit. Gallery Photographica reserves the right to use submitted images for marketing and promotional purposes, including use by media for announcements or reviews.


In the unlikely event that it is necessary, Gallery Photographica reserves the right to make changes to the Competition and Exhibition, such as change of venue. If it is necessary to cancel the Competition, entry fees will be refunded in full.

Contact information

Gallery Photographica can be reached by email at info@galleryphotographica.com

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:

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