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Deadline: Oct 19, 2021
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: The entry fee for current TPS Members is $30 for 5 images, plus $6 for each additional image. The Non-Member entry fee is $38 for 5 images, plus $6 for each additional image. You do not have to be a member of TPS to enter. However, if you enter the competition and join TPS or renew as a member at the same time, you can pay the reduced current TPS Member entry fee of $30. You may enter up to 12 images.

Umencia Portrait Photo Contest
TPS 30: The International Competition

TPS 30: The International Competition

Texas Photographic Society is proud to announce our flagship traveling exhibition, TPS 30: The International Competition, juried by Liz Wells, distinguished UK-based writer, curator, and lecturer on photographic practices whose research centers on landscape photography, people as related to place, and environment. This call is open-themed and submissions from artists of all levels internationally are welcomed. TPS 30 will open at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Texas, on January 13, 2022.

September 9, 2021 – Call for entry opens
October 19, 2021 – Deadline for entry (11:59 p.m. Mountain Time Zone)
November 5, 2021 – Exhibiting artists announced and emails sent to all entrants
January 8, 2022 – Work due in Abilene, Texas
January 13, 2022 – Exhibition opens at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene
March 12, 2022 – Exhibition closes

Pictures have the power to inform and influence us.

My interests in photography, historically and culturally, range from critical engagements within contemporary theoretical debates to creating exhibitions for museums and other public spaces internationally. As a curator I work with still and moving imagery. My research centres on landscape photography, people as related to place, and environment. My current focus is on botanical photography, its histories, aesthetics, scientific or socio-economic purposes and ecological values. I particularly consider the balance between theme, visual poetics, and activism in relation to images, series and sequencing, exhibitions, and photobooks.

– Liz Wells

Liz Wells writer, curator, and lecturer on photographic practices, edited The Photography Reader and The Photography Culture Reader (2019; 1st ed. 2003) and Photography: A Critical Introduction (6th ed. 2021) and is a co-editor for photographies, Routledge journals. Publications on landscape include Land Matters, Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity (2011) and she has contributed several essays within artist books, exhibition catalogues and other edited collections. She is series editor for Photography, Place, Environment, Routledge Academic.

Recent exhibitions as curator include: Seedscapes: Future-proofing Nature (UK tour, 2020-21, see; Layers of Visibility, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (2018/19, co-curator, Yiannis Toumazis); Light Touch, Baltimore Washington International Airport (2014); Futureland Now – John Kippin, Chris Wainwright (Laing Gallery, Newcastle, 2012-13); Sense of Place, European Landscape Photography, BOZAR, Brussels (2012); Landscapes of Exploration, British art from Antarctica (UK tour 2012-15).

She is Professor Emeritus in Photographic Culture, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business, University of Plymouth, UK. She was a member of the Board of Directors, Society for Photographic Education, USA (2011-18). In Autumn 2020 she joined the International Advisory Council, International Center of Photography, New York. She contributes to MA Photography programs at Universitat-Politécnica, Valéncia, Spain, and at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2017.


Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: First Place $500
, Second Place $300
, Third Place $200
Up to 5 Honorable Mentions may be awarded Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: You retain all rights to your images. USAGE RIGHTS: If your image is selected for the exhibition, you grant Texas Photographic Society (TPS) the right, in perpetuity, to use and display your image, image title and process, your name, city, state, and country of residence for TPS publicity and promotion. Permissible use includes the display, reproduction, and distribution of said information on the TPS website, in TPS exhibitions, presentations, program promotions, artist features, fundraising initiatives and publications, and on social media networks, without further contact from TPS. Please note that we may have to crop images to meet space/proportion requirements for promotional platforms.

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