The 5th Annual Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards is officially open for entries. Submit your creations for a chance to exhibit your work at the world-renowned Aperture Gallery in New York as well as $3,000 cash to pursue your photography projects.
If you are anything like me and every other photographer out there, you have probably at some point dreamed of having your work hanging in a gallery show. The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards are literally offering this once in a lifetime opportunity to 30 talented photographers. The winners will all be part of a show at the prestigious Aperture Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. The gallery was created in 1952 by photographers and writers as a common ground for the advancement of photography.
All levels of photographers are invited to submit. The only requirement besides being 18 or older is that you are not currently represented by a gallery or a photographers' agent.
How It Works
Photographers may submit up to five images for a $35 entry fee. While they are not required to be a series, it is suggested to not simply submit, as the frequently asked questions page states, an editorial portrait, fine art still life, a monkey at the zoo, and a mountain landscape. While each entry is limited to five, the rules state you can actually submit multiple entries. This will be great news for someone having trouble choosing only five, or photographers with multiple projects worthy of exposure.
Panel of Judges
The judges in the competition include Jessie Wender, the Photo Editor from the New York Times, Anna Dickson, the Visual Lead on the Google Image Search Team, and Alison Zavos, the founder of Feature Shoot and The Print Swap.
The overall winner will be awarded $3,000 cash and will have their work included in the Aperture Gallery group show. While one photographer per week will be selected to 'takeover' the Feature Shoot Instagram with 3 images from their submission (reaching 227K+ followers).
Winners will be announced late November and the gallery show will be held in January 2020. Also, everyone who enters is shared on the website and eligible for the People's Choice Award. On the site, people can share their post and earn hearts or likes. The photographer with the most hearts on their entry will win a year subscription of Aperature Magazine. All winners will be announced through Feature Shoot's social media channels and newsletter totaling more than half a million photography enthusiasts.
Great Career Opportunity
With all the photo contests out there it can be hard to know which one to invest your time into. The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards offer a real chance to kickstart your photography career. Good luck and make sure you remember us and come back and comment if you are chosen as a winner.
The Print Swap
Besides this year's contest, Feature Shoot also runs an ongoing initiative called The Print Swap. The idea is to have a curated selection of images professionally printed on archival paper and sent out to another hand-selected Print Swap photographer. In return, you will be able to select a print you want to swap with. Participation in this service costs $40 to cover the printing and shipping. Entering a photo is as easy as adding #theprintswap to a photo on Instagram, or by applying here.
Check out the below video for more info.
Lead image by Justin Bettman.