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Inéditos, for Curators / para Comisarios: Deadline 15. Feb. 2011

English Summary: Inéditos is a Contest for young Curators, organized by the Spanish Savings Bank Caja Madrid. Forms have to be filled in in Spanish, but: Foreign curators can team up, for example, with Spanish colleagues, to enter. If you are interested in doing so, leave a comment, maybe somebody will answer you.. If not, I can always hook you up with somebody.

Here comes the Spanish version:

Un año más, y ya es la décima edición, Obra Social Caja Madrid convoca el certamen Inéditos, ayudas a proyectos expositivos de arte actual, un programa dirigido a jóvenes comisarios para la realización de sus proyectos.

El programa es uno de los pocos de nuestro país que fomenta la inserción de los jóvenes comisarios en los circuitos profesionales, facilitando a los seleccionados la posibilidad de producir su primera exposición y editar un catálogo del conjunto de la muestra, concediéndoles, además, una ayuda de 3.000 euros como honorarios. Inéditos se ha consolidado como uno de los programas de ayuda al arte joven de referencia en Europa.

Durante los últimos años, Inéditos ha mostrado los trabajos de 35 jóvenes comisarios que, de forma individual o en equipo, han presentado 24 exposiciones que han versado sobre diferentes aspectos del arte contemporáneo.

Los proyectos seleccionados desarrollarán su propuesta para presentarla en La Casa Encendida en el verano de 2011.

MARCO/FRAC Lorraine Award. Young Curators Prize: Deadline: 25 March, 2011

MARCO/FRAC Lorraine Award. Young Curators


1. ENGLISH: Organized by the MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain and FRAC Lorraine, Metz (Fonds regional d’art contemporain de Lorraine), France, the purpose of the MARCO/FRAC Lorraine Award for Young Curators is to offer participants the chance to execute an exhibition project to occupy MARCO’s first floor and the exhibition venues at FRAC Lorraine. Entries will focus on the field of contemporary artistic creation and contemplate the participation of two or more artists.
The exhibition project will have a budget of a maximum sum of 30,000 € for each venue. The exhibition will take place from May to September, 2010 at MARCO Vigo, and from October, 2010 and January 2011 at FRAC Lorraine. Proposals that include works from the Collection FRAC Lorraine shall be taken into account. MARCO-FRACLorraineAWARD2011_English (PDF)

2. ESPAÑOL: El MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo y el 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine (Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Lorraine) de Metz, convocan el Premio MARCO/Frac Lorraine, destinado a jóvenes comisarios de exposición. Ofrece a los participantes la oportunidad de proponer un proyecto centrado en un tema de reflexión original y personal, así como su realización en los espacios de exposición del MARCO (1ª planta) y del Frac Lorraine. La propuesta deberá inscribirse dentro del campo de la creación artística contemporánea y queda abierta a todas las formas de creación. Se podrán incluir obras de la colección del Frac Lorraine, que se puede visitar en la página Se exigirá la participación de al menos dos artistas.

La muestra podrá estar acompañada o constituida por un programa de actividades que abra un nuevo espacio de reflexión sobre el tema abordado. El proyecto ganador dispondrá de un presupuesto máximo de 30.000 € para cada una de las sedes. La exposición tendrá lugar entre los meses de enero y abril de 2012 en el Frac Lorraine (Metz, Francia) y de junio a septiembre de 2012 en el MARCO (Vigo, España). MARCO-FRACLorraineAWARD2011_castellano (PDF)

3. FRANÇAIS: Organisé par la Fondation MARCO et le 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine (Fonds régional d’art contemporain), le Prix MARCO/Frac Lorraine est destiné aux jeunes commissaires d’exposition. Il offre aux participants l’opportunité de proposer un projet centré sur un sujet de réflexion original et leur tenant à coeur, et de le réaliser dans les espaces d’exposition du MARCO (1er étage) et du Frac Lorraine. Ce projet devra s’inscrire dans le champ de la création artistique contemporaine et pourra être ouvert à toutes les formes de création. Il est possible d’y inclure des oeuvres de la collection du Frac Lorraine qui est consultable sur le site :

La participation d’au moins deux artistes est nécessaire. L’exposition pourra être accompagnée ou constituée d’une programmation événementielle ouvrant un nouvel espace de réflexion sur le thème abordé. Le projet lauréat disposera d’un budget maximum de 30 000 € pour chaque lieu. L’exposition aura lieu de janvier à avril 2012 au Frac Lorraine (Metz, France) et de juin à septembre 2012 au MARCO (Vigo, Espagne).  MARCO-FRACLorraineAWARD2011_Francais (PDF)

Past Portfolio Reviews & Hints

Have you checked out our new list of Portfolio Reviews in 2017? Thinking about participating in one of them? Then take a moment to check out these resources.

In case you are have not found the PF Review you were looking for, maybe it has ceased to exist. Double-check with our archived list of PF Reviews (since 2011) and if you think that we have missed our something, let us know (via a comment to this post)! Thank you!

Useful Hints:

Why do double work? There are some quite good documents online giving useful hints on how to prepare yourself and your work for the reviews, what to do and what to avoid. The best and most extensive one I found is the Photolucida Review Festival How-to Guidebook (116KB PDF) filled with great information on how to make the most of portfolio reviews.

Others, that were sent to me by Lenscratch blogger Aline Smithson are: Jen Beckman_Portfolio_tips, Mary Virginia Swanson Reviews Tips, and Aline-Smithson Learning.

The Columbia College Chicago has a whole set of Quick Guides, one of them on Portfolio Reviews, where they even tell you how to dress and how to greet. Maybe a bit over-explicit, but usefull for newbies, I guess.

Better and more extensive: Jasmine DeFoore‘s Portfolio Review Dos and Don’ts.

Many of the above-listed Reviews also give more special tips for their specific venue, on the correspondent web page…

Archived Information on Portfolio Reviews

This is a list of the most important Photography Portfolio Reviews. It was started in 2011. Please visit the information on 2011-2014, as, some of the events are biennial, or do not have information on the 2015 editions yet online. So you may want to check the information in the backup section and extrapolate the new dates and prices….

The Reviews are ordered by date of the event, not the deadline for submission. Some reviews accept submissions until a few days before the event (such as Lodz), others close the call many months before (such as Houston Foto Fest), so please have a close look at that.

The reviews can be very different as for the number of participants, the profiles of the reviewers, the fee and how many reviews you get for it. This last criterion is reflected by the Price/Review Ratio, calculated in Euros, at the current exchange rates.

Generally speaking, Portfolio Reviews in the US are by far more expensive than in Europe and the rest of the world. The reason for this seems to be that they are more established and valued as an important career step there, thus American photographers are willing to pay the price. They might also be more “successful” because American photography professionals come to these reviews explicitly in order to find new talents, to exhibit, publish or even buy works.

Other criteria, which might influence your choice are whether you, the photographer, can choose the reviewers beforehand (unfortunately, this is not always clear from the presentation texts), if there are other perks, such as prizes for the best portfolio, and the total number of other participants.

Please leave a comment if you know of a Review that is not mentioned, find a mistake or simply like the article.

The Curator Ship Team

Portfolio Reviews 2016:



Portfolio Reviews 2015:

Name: THE MEETING PLACE  (Biennal)

Organizer: FotoFest

Date & Place: March 12-15, 17-20, 22-25, 27-30, 2016. Houston, Texas. Inter-Biennal Season.

Application Deadline: Early Registration period – June 17 to July 29, 2015.

Number of Participants: 450 from 34 countries and 37 U.S. states, (In 2014)

Profiles of Reviewers: 146 reviewers from 26 countries and all sectors of photography

Registration Fee: $925 (per session)

Number of reviews: Reviews. Guaranteed a MINIMUM of four (4) one-on-one formal review appointments per day.
Each appointment lasts 20 minutes.

Price / Review Ratio: $925 / TBD

Web: /


Presentation Text: The Meeting Place is the largest, most international program of its kind in the world offering sixteen days of portfolio reviews. Meeting Place registrants have special access to Citywide Exhibitions, Curatorial Forums, Artist Talks, and Open Portfolio Nights – Evenings with the Artists, where reviewers, collectors, and the public are invited to meet registrants and view their portfolios. Over the course of the last 20 years, the Meeting Place has been the catalyst for exhibitions, publications, and wider acclaim for many artists.


Organizer: American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP NY)

Date and place:  February 18th, 2015 at the Gay Center in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

Application Deadline: February 16th, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: influential members of New York’s photography/arts community: gallerists, curators, collectors, publishers and dealers.

Registration Fee: Only ASMP members are eligible to register for this free, 2 1/4 hour, event. Registration is required and places fill up quickly. There will be a wait list. Link to register.

Number of reviews: 4 to 8 reviewers (10 min. each)

Price / Review Ratio: /



Presentation Text: The New York Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP NY) is hosting its free Ninth Annual Fine Art Portfolio Review on the evening of February 18th, just for its members. The New York Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers is the largest photographers’ organization in the world. ASMP has over 7,000 members, including many of the worldʼs greatest photographers, in 40 chapters nationwide.

Influential gallerists, curators, collectors, publishers and dealers will review portfolios and share their valuable feedback with photographers. ASMP NY organizes this anticipated portfolio review to nurture relationships in the fine art community and give photographers opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have as easily.

The objective of this night is an emphasis on honest feedback that photographers rarely get. Reviewers are asked to quickly look at and critique a variety of types of work and give feedback on presentation, consistency and what parts of the portfolio are working as well as any that are not. Reviewers can offer both feedback and direction.

A physical portfolio is required: no laser copies, iPads or computers. All ASMP members are eligible to register for this free, 2 1/4 hour, event. Registration is required and places fill up quickly. There will be a wait list.


Organizer: PowerHouse Books

Date and place: March 1, 2015, from 10:30am – 5:30pm, Brooklyn, NY

Application Deadline: February 8, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: publishers, photo editors, commercial photography agents, gallery directors, photography critics, art book packagers, and designers. Mostly from the US, especially from New York.

Registration Fee: 350 USD, before Jan 12, 2015 // 400 USD, Before Feb 8, 2015 // 450 USD After Feb 8, 2015 //250 USD, Student Rate before Feb 8, 2015 // 275 USD, Student Rate after Feb 8, 2015 //

Number of reviews: 5

Price / Review Ratio: 50 – 90 USD per Review.



Presentation Text: The Power House PR is a platform for all levels of aspiring and professional photographers to present their body of work to be reviewed and critiqued by leading experts in the fields of photography, art, media, and advertising and to receive guidance and mentoring for future artistic and commercial career development. The portfolio review accepts about 100 photographers, who will meet with a panel of experts that includes a range of publishers, photo editors, commercial photography agents, gallery directors, photography critics, art book packagers, and designers. Each attendee will be assigned five one-on-one reviews with members of our panel of esteemed photography professionals.

Name: PHOTO ALLIANCE Portfolio Review

Organizer: PhotoAlliance /Lens Culture

Date & Place: March 13-15, 2015. San Francisco Art Institute.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: Top photography editors, publishers, curators, gallerists, and educators   

Registration Fee: Initial application fee: $45.00 for up to 20 images for screening. If selected, additional fee: $595.00 for full participation to meet with ten reviewers.

Number of reviews: /

Price / Review Ratio: /


Email: PHOTO@PHOTOALLIANCE.ORG or call: 415.425.5608

Presentation Text: This event brings together top photography editors, publishers, curators, gallerists, and educators representing small, mid-sized, and major venues from around the U.S. and abroad to meet with engaged photographers, review their portfolios, encourage their careers and exchange opportunities.

Name: FORMAT Portfolio Review

Organizer: Format International Photography Festival

Date & Place: Saturday 14 March 2015 at Derby College in Derby, UK.

Application Deadline: (application open March 1)

Profiles of Reviewers: Curators and directors, art dealers, publishers and photo editors are brought together for two days during CONTACT to review portfolios of established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.

Registration Fee: 4 reviews – £120, 6 reviews – £170, 8 reviews – £200, 10 reviews – £230, 12 reviews – £260

Number of reviews: You can choose from either 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 reviews (there are maximum 12 reviews in one day – only select 12.

Price / Review Ratio: $30 per review



Presentation Text: Established in 2004 by Louise Clements and Mike Brown, the biennale festival celebrates the wealth of contemporary practice in international photography and is now one of the UK’s leading non-profit international contemporary festivals of photography and related media.

FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities to platform the work of international photographers and to provide links for local/national practitioners to show work, exchange opportunities, skills and knowledge and for audiences to see, debate, develop and engage in the best of what photography is and can be.

FORMAT is curated by Louise Clements, QUAD & FORMAT Artistic Director, and organised by QUAD in partnership with: Derby City CouncilUniversity of Derby & Derby Museums.

Name: PALM SPRINGS Portfolio Review

Organizer: Palm Springs Photo Festival

Date & Place: April 26 – May 1, 2015. Palm Springs, California, USA

Application Deadline: April 10, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: Publishers, photo editors, photography agents, gallery directors, photography critics, advertising agency creatives, magazine editors and museum directors from the US.

Registration Fee: Prices are $275 for 5 reviews. 10% discount for 10 or more reviews

Number of reviews: min 5

Price / Review Ratio: 55$



Presentation Text: Over 1000 Portfolio Reviews will be offered during the week! A list of the most sought-after industry professionals of any event in the country will be posted online and every morning at the Portfolio Review area at the Hyatt, updated hourly. You may show your work as prints or on your computer. Please limit your presentation to not more than 20 images in order to allow the person you’re meeting with to properly respond to your work.


Organizer: Milan Image Art Fair

Date & Place: April 11- 13, 2015. Milan, Italy

Application Deadline: April 112015

Profiles of Reviewers: collectors, art advisors and curators.

Registration Fee: Request further information about registration procedures and fees and submit your applications by contacting Admira, event organizer for MIA Fair, at the following address/e-mail: Lucia Orsi – via Mercadante 3 – 20124 Milan – Tel. +39 02 6694278 /

Number of reviews: 4

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: CODICE MIA is a unique portfolio review, which will host some of the most renowned specialists among leading names in the world of international fine art photography: including important collectors, curators of corporate collections, managers of the photography departments of famous auction houses and art advisors.


Organizer: Portland Photo Month

Date & Place: April 2017. Portland, Oregon. Biennual

Application Deadline: 2017

Profiles of Reviewers: gallery owners, curators, publishers, editors, and consultants

Registration Fee: info (at)

Number of reviews: 67 / TDB per session

Price / Review Ratio: TBD


Email: info (at)

Presentation Text: Photolucida is an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to provide platforms that expand, inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, and international photography community.

Every other April, an international set of photographers and reviewers gather in Portland, Oregon for a five-day celebration of photography that includes lectures, workshops, and exhibition collaborations. Intensive portfolio reviews are at the heart of the festival. Reviewers are selected for their experience, involvement, and commitment to advancing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Over the years, many participants have made contacts that have led directly to exhibitions, publications, and sales, in addition to receiving useful critiques.

By providing a venue for in-depth, informed, and supportive dialogue between photographers, gallery owners, curators, publishers, editors, and consultants, Photolucida promotes the culture of photography locally, nationally, and internationally. The next Portfolio Reviews Festival will take place April, 2017.


Organizer: Colorado Photographic Art Center has partnered with MoP founder Mark Sink

Date & Place: Saturday April 11 – Sunday April 12, 2015 / RedLine Denver, 2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

Application Deadline: April 10, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: Publishers, photo editors, photography agents, gallery directors, photography critics, advertising agency creatives, magazine editors and museum directors from the US.

Registration Fee: (20 minute one-on-one sessions): 12 SESSIONS (distributed over two days): $420 / 8 SESSIONS (distributed over one or both days ) $280 / 4 SESSIONS (one day only – indicate preference): $140.

Number of reviews: 12 / 8 / 4

Price / Review Ratio: 35$



Presentation Text: Colorado Photographic Art Center has partnered with MoP founder Mark Sink to organize a weekend of portfolio reviews for local and national photographers during Denver’s 2015 Month of Photography (MoP). The event will take place April 11-12, 2015 at RedLine Denver. The weekend offers a platform for aspiring and advanced photographers to present their work to leading curators, gallery directors, media and advertising professionals, and other photographers.

Each reviewer will be assigned four to twelve 20 minute, one-on-one reviews. Reviewers will be able to list their preferred reviewers in advance of the weekend, and will have their choices met to the greatest degree possible.

A portfolio sharing lounge will offer opportunities for informal reviews with fellow photographers, students, and roving reviewers throughout the day. An open table portfolio sharing will close the event Sunday afternoon.

Students enrolled in full-time studio arts coursework may apply for one day’s access to the lounge only for a nominal fee. Applications will be prioritized according to date received and quality of work submitted. Student enrollment includes full access to reviewers and registered reviewers in the portfolio sharing lounge. See reviewer bios on the blog

Name: CONTACT Portfolio Review

Organizer: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Date & Place: Sunday May 8 & Monday May 9, 2016. (10am – 5pm ). Toronto, Canada

Application Deadline: Registration Opens Winter 2016

Profiles of Reviewers: Curators and directors, art dealers, publishers and photo editors are brought together for two days during CONTACT to review portfolios of established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.

Registration Fee: $200 for 4 reviews

Number of reviews: 4

Price / Review Ratio: $50 per review



Presentation Text: CONTACT’s Portfolio Reviews provide an unparalleled opportunity for artists and photographers to meet with some of the most important professionals in the field of photography. The event is a platform for those with developed projects that are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally, as well as guidance on conceptual approaches or career development.

Each year, one artist will be awarded with a solo exhibition presented at the CONTACT Gallery. This award, chosen by a jury of international professionals in the field of photography, recognizes outstanding work presented at CONTACT’s Portfolio Reviews. The program was created to support and advance the careers of talented emerging photographers.

Name: The Athens Photo Festival’s Portfolio Reviews

Organizer: Athens Photo Festival, International Festival of Contemporary Photography & Related Media

Date & Place: 8 – 9 June, 2015

Application Deadline: 18 May 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: International experts in the field of photography. A total of 22 curators, editors, critics and festival’s directors from around the world.

Registration Fee: 120 € for 6 individual appointments

Number of reviews: 6

Price / Review Ratio: 2o euros per review



Presentation Text: The Athens Photo Festival’s Portfolio Reviews offer an opportunity for emerging artists and photographers to meet and engage with international experts in the field of photography. A total of 22 curators, editors, critics and festival’s directors from around the world gather in Athens to provide photographers with networking opportunities, critical advice, and guidance on their work and career development.

This year’s portfolio review programme will take place on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 June, 2015 at the Benaki Museum in Athens. Each of the participants will have 6 appointments of their choice over two days. Each individual review session is 20 minutes long. Places are limited, so participants will be selected on first come, first served basis.

In addition to providing professional advice, the reviewers will award the “Best Portfolio” and the winner will have the chance to exhibit at the Athens Photo Festival 2016 edition.


Organizer: PHotoEspaña Festival. Madrid, Spain

Date & Place: June 1-6, 2015. Centro de Arte Alcobendas. Madrid, Spain.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Number of Participants: 200

Profiles of Reviewers: International photography and art curators, museum and festival people, publishers all over the world.

Registration Fee:  pre-registration 10 € plus 240 € registration (before April 9, 2015)

Number of reviews: 50

Price / Review Ratio: 35,71 Euros per Review.



Presentation Text: Descubrimientos PHE is the portfolio review of PHotoEspaña. Offering photographers  the opportunity to present their work to critics, curators and editors especialized in photography with the objetive of generating professional outlets for their work.

An independent jury will select seventy photographers to participate in the portfolio reviews. The jury will also determine a wait list in the event that there may be a cancelation. The portfolio of all of the selected participants will be included There is an inscription fee of 240 Euros for all participants.

Each photographer will have seven appointments, each with a duration of twenty minutes. The appointments will be held over three days and are celebrated with strict punctuality. The reviews will be given in English or Spanish. The organization will do its best to arrange appointments with the reviewers preferred by each of the photographers. The organization will send each participant a personal schedule close to the dates, once we near the dates of the event.

The Descubrimientos PHE Award recognizes the work of one photographer that has participated in the reviews held in Madrid, Onduras and Rosario during the current edition of the festival. The jury may select up to do honorable mentions. The jury´s decision is final.

Last year the winner of the portfolio reviews was Mariela Sancari, who will be presenting her series Moisesindividually within the Official Section of PHotoEspaña 2015 at the Centro de Arte Alcobendas

The winner of the award may have participated in the portfolio review on previous occasions, but cannot have been recognized with this award in prior editions. PHotoEspaña will make public the jury´s results when the festival awards are announced. PHotoEspaña reserves the right to promote the winner´s name and images in printed and digital materials.

Name: CENTER REVIEW SANTA FE  Portfolio Review

Organizer: Center

Date & Place: Juny 11- 14, 2015. Santa Fe, Nuevo México

Application Deadline: January 22, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers:  curators, editors, publishers and gallerists

Registration Fee: $45 (members) , $55 (non members)

Number of reviews: TBD

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: Review Santa Fe is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world. Considered one of the most important events for photographers who seek career advancement, Review Santa Fe is designed to facilitate relationships between photographers and leading industry professionals looking for new work.

Name: PHOTO FOLIO REVIEW Portfolio Review

Organizer: The Rencontres d’Arles

Date & Place: July 6-11, 2015. Arles, France

Application Deadline: Registrations opens on May 13th

Profiles of Reviewers: publishers, exhibition curators, museum directors, agency chiefs, gallerists, collectors, critics, press art directors and others

Registration Fee: 195€ for 5 appointments / 295€ for 10 appointments / 420€ for 15 appointments / 540€ for 20 appointments

Number of reviews: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20

Price / Review Ratio: 39€ / 29,5€ / 28€ / 27 €



Presentation Text: The Rencontresd’Arles Photo Folio Review enable participating photographers to present their work to renown international photography experts. They thus benefit from experts’ advice, and for some, obtain real exhibition and/or publication projects. The Rencontresd’Arles Photo Folio Review is open upon registration to all photographers whatever their photographic practice or image treatment technique.


Organizer: Vienna Photo Book Festival

Date & Place: July 20-21, 2015. Viena, Austria / The ViennaPhotoBookReview, will take place one day before the festival starts, on Friday, June 19, 2015.

Application Deadline: April 24, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: Publishers, gallery owners, curators, critics, and collectors

Registration Fee: –

Number of reviews: 15

Price / Review Ratio: –



Presentation Text: The ViennaPhotoBookReview, which had its successful launch last year and will be continued this year, will take place one day before the festival starts, on Friday, June 19, 2015. Our goal is to offer talented photographers from around the world a forum to discuss their books with a wide range of photography experts, thereby producing a lively dialogue between the aspiring artists and the experts from various prestigious institutions. Photographers will have one-on-one meetings with the reviewers. Each review session will last 20 minutes and we will limit the number of participants to assure that everyone receives six reviews each.

Name: PHOTOIRELAND Portfolio Review

Organizer: PhotoIreland Festival

Date & Place: July 1-31, 2015. Dublin, Ireland / Portfolio reviews: Friday 3 July 2015

Application Deadline:  May 17, 2015

Number of Participants: Until full, the jury will select 45 portfolios for review from all submitted work.

Profiles of Reviewers: International and Irish Curators, Magazine Editors, Gallery Owners, Festival Directors, publishers and other photography professionals.

Registration Fee: Submission 25 Euros. If your work is selected an additional fee (cost of the portfolio review sessions) of 120 Euros within 24 hours.

Number of reviews: 14

Price / Review Ratio: 10.35 Euros



Presentation Text: PhotoIreland Festival’s portfolio review weekend will take place on 3-6 July 2014 in Dublin city, representing a unique opportunity for emerging artists worldwide to highlight new photographic projects and meet with international professionals to further their careers. The winner of the portfolio reviews weekend will be offered a solo exhibition next year, during PhotoIreland Festival 2015.

Name: OBSCURA FESTIVAL Portfolio Review

Organizer: Obscura Festival

Date & Place: August 14-22, 2015, Georgetown Penang

Application Deadline: TBD

Registration Fee: TBD

Number of reviews: TBD

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: Portfolio reviews are paid review sessions with some of the leading photographers, curators, editors and industry experts Asia and around the world. Portfolio reviews are instrumental in getting professional feedback on your work as well as networking with people who may be able to help you with your career development. Sign up for a review on the morning of the workshop to secure yourself a place. You will need at least two bodies of work either in print or on a portable device (laptop or tablet).


Organizer: Landskrona Photo Festival

Date & Place: August 22 – 24, 2015. Landskrona, Sweden.

Application Deadline: June, 10

Number of Reviews: 8

Profiles Reviewers: publishers, art historians, artistic directors, photographers, photo editors, curators, chief editors, photography professors, etc.

Registration Fee: Free

Price / Review Ratio: SEK 2500 (271 €) / SEK 312 (33 €)



Presentation Text: A good way to spread your photography is to exhibit at photo festivals in different parts of the world. It is important for us that portfolio exhibitions can lead to something more for the participating photographers. This year too, we have therefore invited curators from international photo festivals. This year’s reviewers together select the »Best Portfolio« and the winner is offered the chance to be part of the official festival programme during the Festival in 2015.

Name: FILTER FESTIVAL Portfolio Review

Organizer: Filter PhotoFestival

Date & Place: September, 2016. Chicago. Illinois.

Application Deadline: Registration Opens June 1st, 2016.

Number of Reviews: 5 or 8 portfolio reviews

Profiles Reviewers: photo editors, curators, editors, etc.

Registration Fee: TDB

Price / Review Ratio: TDB



Presentation Text: Filter Photo is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois.

Filter Photo’s mission is two-fold: first, to serve and support the photographic communities of Chicago and the Midwest; and second, to highlight Chicago as a vital center of the national photographic community.

Since 2009 Filter Photo has organized the annual Filter Photo Festival, a multiday celebration of photography that includes workshops, lectures, exhibition receptions, artist talks, and other diverse programming. A primary component of the Festival is the portfolio reviews, through which photographers are able to connect with national and international curators, gallery directors, editors, and other elite professionals. The 2015 Filter Photo Festival will take place from September 24th-27th, and will be primarily based in the historic Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel.

In 2015 Filter Photo opened Filter Space, a permanent gallery and project space located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood at 1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 207. Filter Space hosts regular social, educational, and professional development activities, including exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

In the Portfolio Review, participants sign up for twenty-minute face-to-face reviews and receive candid advice about their work, as well as information on getting their photographs exhibited and published. We are thrilled to have so many of our attendees walk away with connections that have led them to publishing their work, gallery shows, online exhibitions and the indispensable opportunity to network with their peers.

All Filter attendees receiving blocks of 5 or 8 portfolio reviews are encouraged to sign up for our annual Portfolio Walk, where Filter VIPs will roam the room and the general public is invited to vote for their favorite portfolio for the 2016 Festival Portfolio Walk’s People’s Choice Award.

Name: EMERGENTES DST Portfolio Review

Organizer: Festival Encontros da Imagen

Date & Place: September 23-26, 2015. Braga, Portugal.

Application Deadline: TBD

Number of Reviews: TBD

Profiles Reviewers: commissioners, curators, art critics, gallery owners, expert editors, etc..

Registration fee: TBD

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: The International Photography Award Emergentes dst is an initiative of Domingos da Silva Teixeira group, organized by Encontros da Imagem, with a prize money that will be granted to the best 2014 Contemporary Photography Portfolio.The Photography Prize Emergentes dst will be awarded aer the Portfolio Review which shall give photographers the opportunity to show their work to commissioners, gallery owners and expert editors, thus establishing solid foundations for the promotion of their work.

Name: PHOTOPORT/ FOTÓPORTA  Portfolio Review

Organizer: Association of Hungarian Photographers collaboration with Studio of Young Photographers and FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture

Date & Place: TBD, 2015. Fuga – Budapest Center of Architecture, H-1052 Budapest, 5 Petőfi Sándor street

Application Deadline: TBD, 2015

Number of Participants: ca. 60

Profile of Reviewers: International and Hungarian photo curators, critics, festival directors and other art professionals.

Registration Fee: TBD

Number of reviewers: TBD



Presentation Text: Following upon the tradition in October 2014 welcomes the 10th event of the PhotoPort portfolio-review series. The review is jointly organized by the Association of Hungarian Photographers, the Studio of Young Photographers and the FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture. The photographers at the consulting tables will have the opportunity to get feedback and reflections directly from some of the most important actors of the domestic and international photographic scene. Photographers of all genres and levels of experience are welcome to the event.

Name: MDF BERLIN Portfolio Review

Organizer: European Month of Photography Berlin in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences of Berlin

Date & Place: probably November, 2015. Berlin, Germany.

Application Deadline: probably September, 2015

Number of Reviews: TBD

Profiles Reviewers: Important representatives of the photography scene, including curators, festival directors, photo editors, art buyers, photography professors, and photographers.

Registration Fee: Free

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: The Portfolio Review is aimed at  freelance photographers, artists, and  photography students in advanced semesters. It provides a unique opportunity to experience new encounters, engage in interesting professional discussions, and to network with nationally and internationally renowned photography experts.

Name: ART PHOTO BARCELONA Portfolio Review

Organizer: Art Deal project

Date and place: October 1 – 4, 2015. Barcelona, Spain

Application Deadline: June 1, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: university teachers, curators, consecrated artists, gallery directors, cultural managers, museum and foundation directors.

Registration Fee: 35 €



Presentation Text: ART PHOTO BCN is a Festival and a Fair of Photography specialized in the activation of the artistic circuit and the incursion of new creative values bringing over to the general and specialized public the works and projects of new artists.

Name: THE INTERNATIONAL Portfolio Review

Organizer: Central European House of Photography

Date & Place: November 6-7, 2015. Bratislava, Slovakia

Application Deadline:  October 10,  2015

Number of Participants: 80 (2013)

Profiles of Reviewers: Curators, museum and festival people, publishers of books and magazines, mostly from neighbouring CEE countries, Germany, and other parts of the world.

Registration Fee: 69 Euro, for both days (2014)

Number of reviews: 5

Price / Review Ratio: 13,8€ (2014)


Registration / Email:

Presentation Text: It is one of the festival’s most important and popular program for fledgling and professional photographers. The two days of Portfolio Review presents an unforgettable opportunity – Your work will be seen by some of the most important personalities in the field of photography. The Bratislava Month of Photography brings photography professionals, magazine editors, museum curators, gallery owners, representatives of photography agencies, collectors and publishers from all around the world to meet You, review Your work and find new names for their networks.

Name: PHOTO NOLA Portfolio Review

Organizer: New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries and alternative venues citywide.

Date & Place: December 11 & 12, 2015. International House Hotel, New Orleans Central Business District.

Application Deadline:  probably November,  2015

Number of Participants: 70 / filled on a first come, first served basis.

Profiles of Reviewers:  Twenty-minute face-to-face meetings with gallery owners, editors, publishers and museum curators from throughout the U.S. provide photographers with networking opportunities, critical advice, and guidance for bringing their work to a larger audience.

Registration Fee: $500

Number of reviews: 30 / The registration fee will guarantee each participant 8 twenty-minute reviews over the two days

Price / Review Ratio: $20 / $65


Registration / Email: registration via website /

Presentation Text: PhotoNOLA’s Portfolio Review program offers photographers the chance to present their work to influential members of the photographic community. Twenty-minute face-to-face meetings with gallery owners, editors, publishers and museum curators from throughout the U.S. provide photographers with networking opportunities, critical advice, and guidance for bringing their work to a larger audience.

The Friday evening PhotoWALK offers participating photographers a chance to share their portfolios with the general public, additional reviewers and each other. At the end of the weekend, reviewers will rank their favorite portfolios. The photographer earning the most votes will be awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize, which includes a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance gallery the following December.

PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries and alternative venues citywide. Showcasing work by photographers near and far, festival programming includes exhibitions, workshops, lectures, a portfolio review, gala and more. PhotoNOLA draws hundreds of photography professionals to the city to partake in a variety of educational programs, and reaches broadly into the local community with exhibitions and events that are largely free and open to the public.

The tenth annual PhotoNOLA festival will take place from December 10–13, 2015 with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the month.

About the authors:

Moritz Neumüller has directed the Portfolio Review Descubrimientos PHotoEspaña during the years 2004-07 and is currently curatorial advisor of PhotoIreland Festival, as well as director of the photography department of the IED Madrid. As a reviewer, Moritz is interested in seeing contemporary work made by photographers and media artists from around the world, especially documentary, social and conceptual work. In the case that he himself cannot include you in one of the shows he curates for festivals and institutions, Moritz is known to try his best to give useful advice, casual mentoring and even contact information of other people who might well be interested in your work. He initiated The Curator Ship in 2010.

Eufalia Paz de Almeida is a Brazilean photographer based in Italy. She was part of the European Master of Fine Art Photography in its first edition, 2011-12, and has been collaborating with The Curator Ship since late 2011.

Aida Lirola and Mariona Puig are students of the photography Postgraduate course at IDEP Barcelona and collaborators of The Curator Ship since 2013.

Arcangela Regis, photographer and printer in charge of Lauren Press, has been collaborating with The Curator Ship since late 2009.

A list of important Photography Festivals (selected by European Magazine):

International Photography Festivals
Aleppo International Photo FestivalAthens Photo Festival
Les Rencontres d’Arles
Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie de Bamako
Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin
Foto Arte Brasilia
Mesiac Fotografie Bratislava
Brighton Photo Biennial

The Huge List of 2014 Photography Festivals













Young Portfolio 2011 (Japan). Call for Entries: April 1 – 30, 2011

The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (K*MoPA) invites all young photographers (under 35) to send original works. From the several thousand works that arrive each year, approx. 300 works are bought for the collection.
This invitation is not a call to a contest where pieces are judged, then ranked. Rather, it is the Museum’s wish to collect works by young and emerging photographers for its permanent collection.  We believe that there is no clearer signal or a more direct means of support for the young photographer than the purchase of their work for a permanent museum collection. This is why the Museum acquires work by those promise to be our future photographic visionaries.
We look forward to receiving unique images showcasing the creativity of younger artists in the field of photography.

The 2011 selection committee is
Hiroh KIKAI, Kyoichi TSUZUKI, Eikoh HOSOE (Director of the Museum)

Application Period
Period for application via the Website  :
April 1 – April 30, 2011

Download Guidelines as PDF: yp2011english.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships, Durham University (deadline: 10 Mar 11)

Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies

The Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies (DCAPS) at Durham
University is seeking outstanding candidates to apply for prestigious
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships. We welcome applicants
working on topics relating to the Centre’s research interests,
including photography theory; photography, national culture and
transnationalism; visual culture, politics and affect; photography and
the urban world; and photography, iconicity and cultural memory.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development
opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their
academic careers but with a proven record of research. The Trust
contributes 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of
£23,000 per annum and the balance is paid by the host institution.
Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual
research expenses of up to £6000 to further his or her research
activities. Further information about the Fellowships, including
eligibility criteria can be found here:

Further information about DCAPS and its research interests can be found

Applicants who want to apply for an Early Career Fellowship through
DCAPS will receive assistance in the form of feedback on individual
draft applications, especially the project proposal. For this
assistance, applicants need to contact Dr Edward Welch, Co-Director of
the Centre, providing the following information, by no later than
Monday 7 February 2011 (email

1. A current Curriculum Vitae

2. A detailed account of the proposed research, (2 pages of A4, Times
New Roman 12 pt). This should include aims, objectives, methodology and
publication plans. The methodology should be clear and comprehensible
to a non-expert. Bibliographic references should be included in full.

3. An abstract of the proposal in non-technical terms so as to be
easily comprehensible to a non-expert

4. Details of research being undertaken in the department/centre at
Durham which is relevant to your proposal.

Applications will then undergo a process of scrutiny by the Faculty of
Arts and Humanities and those of outstanding quality will be submitted
through Durham University to meet the Leverhulme Trust deadline of 4pm
on 10 March 2011. The Trust will report results, by letter, by the end
of May 2011.

Video Talk: Thomas Sevcik: Why Art and the Creative Class will Never Save Cities

Art Salon | Urbanism | Why Art and the Creative Class will Never Save Cities from Art Basel on Vimeo.

Art Basel Miami Beach, North America’s premiere haute art fair, where you can pass a Picasso on your right while sneaking a glance at an A-list celebrity to your left, is not often a place where serious critiques of the art world arise. And yet, at this year’s fair, Thomas Sevcik, managing director of Arthesia, (a think tank that consults large institutions on cultural positioning and strategies), gave an important and provocatively titled talk — “Why Art and the Creative Class Will Never Save Cities” – taking on the so-called “Bilbao Effect” and the dubious benefits a city gains when rebranding itself as a cultural capital to attract “creative types,” in the hope that innovation and economic power will naturally follow.

via Urban Omnibus » Thomas Sevcik: Why Art and the Creative Class will Never Save Cities.

Center Awards: Deadline: January 27, 2011

The 16th annual CENTER Awards provide contestants with a prestigious and worthwhile photographic awards program. The prize packages are designed to bring exposure to worthy photographers via exhibitions, publication, and career advancement.

Often judges will show interest in work that is not selected for the awards but that may be relevant for other purposes. To facilitate a relationship, CENTER provides contact information of all photographers who have advanced to the final rounds of judging. No work is eliminated by pre-screening. All contestants stand to benefit from the submission process by having their work seen by the judges.


JURORS Simon Baker, Curator of Photography, Tate, U.K.; Christina Cahill, Deputy Director, Editorial Reportage by Getty Images; and TBA

PRIZES $5,000 cash, exhibition, publication in Fraction magazine, admission to Review Santa Fe, and more.

SUBMIT 20 images from a body of work, artist statement, resume, $35 members/$45 nonmembers


JURORS Dewi Lewis, Publisher, Dewi Lewis Publishing, U.K.

PRIZES $3,000 cash, exhibition, publication in Fraction magazine, admission to Review Santa Fe and more.

SUBMIT 8-10 images from a work-in-progress, artist statement, resume, $25 members/$35 nonmembers


Curator’s Choice
Erin O’Toole, Asst. Curator of Photography, SF Museum of Modern Art
Dealer’s Choice
Dianne Vanderlip, Curator, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Editor’s Choice
Todd James, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic magazine

PRIZES Exhibition at CENTER space, publication in Fraction magazine, gift certificate to Singer Editions fine art printing services

SUBMIT 1-4+ images, $25 members/$35 nonmembers per category OR $60 members/$75 nonmembers for all 3 categories


SELECTION COMMITTEE Three professionals representing different aspects of the field such as a curator, an editor and a publisher

EVENT Receive 9 portfolio reviews, inclusion in an on-line listing, receptions, a night of Portfolio Viewing and more; June 2-5, 2011 in Santa Fe, NM

SUBMIT 20 images from a body of work, artist statement, resume, $45 members/$55 nonmembers (discounts if you apply to both Project Competition and Review Santa Fe)


A: A: 11:59PM MST, January 27, 2011 to be received in office.

A: The online application is availiable via the ‘Apply Today’ link to the right. After completing your application and payment, you will be directed to the Center/VisualServer login to upload images.

A: Please check your spam/junk folder, if you don’t find it please email to troubleshoot.

A: Use a jpeg quality level of 10 or high when saving your jpgs. Do NOT check the progressive jpg or optimized checkbox. If you follow these guidelines, the size of your images will typically fall between 100-500k when it is compressed (closed). When the image is opened the file might be larger than 500k and that is acceptable.

A: Click on “Statements and Resume” button located next to “Image Uploader” button on the menu bar in the VisualServer. Click on your project title located to the left of the screen whereupon you will be able to upload a .pdf or .doc with your artist statement or resume.

A: Please send an email to with a full description of your question or problem. Your email will be returned as soon as possible and likely within 1 business day, Monday-Friday.