Ends on February 15, 2019

$40.00 USD

CPW's annual Photography Now exhibition celebrates the plurality of photography. All photographic techniques and approaches are welcome, from analog to digital, fine art, directorial, narrative, documentary, political, social justice, identity, portrait, landscape, still life, mixed media incorporating photography, photographic installations, digital imaging and collage! Submissions are accepted from all over the world. Professional, amateur, and student artists are all welcome to apply. Over $2,500 in prizes will be awarded!


  • Director's Choice Purchase Award: One photograph will be selected by the Executive Director and purchased for CPW's Permanent Print Collection.


  • Jurors' Choice Award
  • Visitors' Choice Award  
  • Honorable Mentions [x3]


No submissions will be accepted outside of the online submission process. We have lowered our General Entry Fee this year, thereby extending to all applicants the discount that was previously given to students, seniors and members.

  • ENTRY FEE $40: Please submit 5 JPGs, 2000px on longest side.
  • Up to 10 additional images: $5 each
  • Bio (max: 200 words)
  • Artist Statement (max: 250 words)

Exhibition print sizes will not determine eligibility, however they will be considered when selecting the number of framed pieces that will be included in the exhibition. Accepted works must be framed or ready to install for gallery exhibition, and shipped or delivered to CPW by October 1; exhibition takes place November 2019 through January 2020. Round trip shipping is the resposibility of the artist. For details, see Terms of Use or go to https://www.cpw.org/connect/submissions/photography-now/


Maurice Berger is a writer, cultural historian and curator whose work focuses on the intersection of race and visual culture. He is research professor and chief curator at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Race Stories, his monthly column for the Lens Section of the New York Times, explores the relationship of photography to concepts and social issues about race not usually covered in the mainstream media. His writings have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Aperture, National Geographic, Village Voice, Brooklyn Rail, Pen America, Wired, and the Los Angeles Times. His books include White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999), a finalist for Horace Mann Bond Book Award of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University, and For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights (Yale, 2010). Berger has received honors and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Association of Art Museum Curators, International Association of Art Critics, as well as an Emmy Award nomination. For his work on Race Stories, he was awarded the 2018 Infinity Award in Critical Writing and Research from the International Center of Photography and the 2014 Arts Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation | Creative Capital. 

Marvin Heiferman, a curator and writer, has organized exhibitions, web-based projects and publications about photography and visual culture for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S. 1 Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art and the New Museum.  Earlier in his career, as a gallerist and artist representative, Heiferman worked closely with numerous artists and photographers, including Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar and Richard Prince, among others.  Heiferman has written for museums, galleries, publications, blogs and magazines including The New York Times, Gagosian Gallery, CNN, Artforum, Design Observer, Aperture, Art in America and BOMB.  He is the author and editor of over two dozen books on photography and visual culture, including Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012).  A Visiting Scholar at the Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Heiferman is a core faculty member in the ICP/Bard College MFA Program in Advanced Photographic Studies, and on the faculty of the School of Visual Art’s MFA Program in Photography, Video and Related Media.  New entries to Why We Look, Heiferman’s ongoing social media project, track breaking news stories about imaging and visual culture and are posted daily. Seeing Science, a book about the intertwining of science, photography and visual culture will be published by Aperture in Spring 2019.