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Deadline: Oct 30, 2021
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: $20 for 3 OR 6 images

Umencia Portrait Photo Contest
N.Y. Photo Curator ‘‘Beyond the Surface’ Curated by Ellen Jantzen

N.Y. Photo Curator ‘‘Beyond the Surface’ Curated by Ellen Jantzen

Ellen Jantzen says, “Beyond the Surface”-Strive to make visual that which is not visible. Look beyond the surface to reveal something deeper and unexpected.

I find photography – especially digitally-aided photo-montage – to be a potent medium through which to effectively communicate the ways I perceive and understand the world.

Photographs were once considered to be ‘truthful’, but we now know there has been photographic manipulation since it was invented. Yet, because photographs are ‘believed’, there is a great deal of room to play within the medium’s apparent reality; to create a poetic personal fiction that remains open to interpretation.”

10% of artist entry fees goes to the charity of the curator. Jantzen has chosen Our Humanity Matters.

Our humanity Matters (OHM) is dedicated to inspiring a more enlightened and sustainable humanity that appreciates beauty and joy of life and understands that everything is interconnected. It calls for the consideration and respect for water — the ancestral and timeless hydrological cycle, the water that flows, agitates and swells in seas, rivers and the Ocean, and the hydrophilic environments of our bodies.

Another 10% will go to the first place winner’s choice of charity.

Jantzen’s work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Europe and Asia. Her work is featured extensively in magazines such as Lenscratch, Zoom, Artdoc, Aesthetica, Envision Arts, F-Stop, & Photo Review.

Her busy summer included:
-Her work appeared for one month on billboard ad space in Brooklyn, N.Y. for the SaveArtSpace project in collaboration with the I AM WATER public art exhibition.

-Ten of her pieces showed in the Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

-Juror at the Praxis Photo Arts Center for the exhibition, ‘Liquid-Sky’. (Minneaspolis).

Ellen is currently represented by
Susan Spiritus of the Susan Spiritus Gallery:


Bruno David of the Bruno David Gallery”

Pillar Law of Edition One Gallery, Santa Fe


ALL entrants work is shown on their own page with their artist statement, website info, bio and parts of their CV. Early entries may be featured on N.Y. Photo Curator’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Image ‘Dematerializing’ by Ellen Jantzen


Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: First Place winner receives Q&A with curator. Curator reviews first place winner. One or more past curators may contribute reviews as well. 10% of artist fees goes to the first place winner's charity. The first place image shows on our splash page for a month. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: All copyright rights to the photographs remain with the photographer. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering, entrants automatically accept the conditions of the competition; they grant N.Y. Photo Curator nonexclusive rights to use and reproduce submitted photographs for promotional and competition advertising purposes. No royalties or compensation will be paid for these purposes. We also use your image and info to promote your work at random times on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

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