The Maine Photography Show

(Presented by Boothbay Region Art Foundation)

MPS has been the annual premier juried gallery show of photography in Maine
in the 16th year now.

2021 Contest - Call for Entries Closed!

Bruce Brown is the juror for this season's show.
Bruce is well known as a photographer, collector, and curator
for many art and photography exhibitions in Maine.

For the 2021 Show we solicited photos in the categories
Black and White, Color, Student, and Special Category (Community Celebrations).

The Special Category Community Celebrations
is an exciting but also very challenging subject,
considering the life changing period we are in right now.

Our juror has finished the selection of 110 photographs that
will be shown at the BRAF gallery in Boothbay Harbor.
(Exhibition open April 10th through May 7th 2021 - subject to COVID-19 status)
Selected photographers have been notified by mail.

As in previous years, all entered work is available online at this website.
Also, the photos that were selected for the exhibition are highlighted in an online gallery,
to give everyone a chance to see the work.
(go to Gallery 2021)

Thanks to the generous contributions from our Sponsors
we are able to award prize winners of the 2021 Show for all categories
and a Best of Show with cash prizes similar to previous years.
Winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition.

Maine Photography Show 2021 - Entry Rules

SUBMISSIONS

  • Accepted Media

    We accept any photography work, where photography is defined as the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (as film or an optical sensor). In particular, this means that we will accept both, digital and traditional film photography, and that they will be treated equally in the evaluation and selection process by the juror. Selection is based on artistic value of the photo and not the techniques that were used to create it. Also, we accept collages and other digitally modified images.

    However, in certain cases it might be helpful to understand how a photo was created. Once we inform you about the acception of your submission, you may also provide us with more details about the print type or media, if you want to, so we can display it on the tag for the exhibition.

    ENTRY FEES AND PHOTOS for judging must be received no later than midnight of January 22, 2021. Entries will be accepted from December 1, 2020.

    ENTRY PHOTOS MUST be in JPEG format. We suggest a resolution of 1800 pixels on the long side. (If not submitted at this size, we will perform the resizing, to have uniform presentation for the juror.)
    GIF or PJPEG are also acceptable formats. However, we will not process images that are uploaded as HEIF, the image format that Apple introduced with iOS11. Please upload jpeg versions of those images.

    Entries must be submitted using the ENTRY FORM on this website. (Your photography store may be able to assist you in your online submission.)

    We pose no restrictions on the name of the submitted image file. You may leave the file name as is. The system is designed to catch all incompatible cases of special characters such as ampersand or brackets, but it is good practice to avoid these characters in file names anyway.

ENTRIES must be in the following categories:

  • BLACK & WHITE

    A photograph that is devoid of color, black and white or else monchrome. It does not have to be of any specific theme, and it can be a photograph from anywhere, not just Maine.

  • COLOR

    A photographic image that is in color. It does not have to be of any specific theme, and it can be a photograph from anywhere, not just Maine.

  • MPS 2021 Special Annual Category: Community Celebrations

    For this category, which changes each year, we are soliciting images that show Community Celebrations.

    The world hasn't seen anything like the current pandemic since the Spanish flu in 1918. We assume that it will affect everyone's photography in a major way this year. It is the topic everyone is thinking about, and in spite of the 'stay at home' order, many photographers are probably out there making some images that will seem remarkable in the future.

    COVID-19 will significantly change many facets of our life. It certainly will change the way communities celebrate events. In fact, we do not really know what will happen as we try to emerge from this pandemic. Some celebrations will be cancelled, reduced in scope, or take other forms. Social distancing will be observed, and there will be online celebrations or music events on balconies like those spawned during the peak of Italy's outbreak.

    While some of the traditional celebrations as we know them in Maine may be cancelled, others will take on new creative forms. How will these events, such as state fairs, clam and lobster festivals, garden tours, fine art fairs and music festivals, ice fishing, dog sled, sailing, canoe, toboggan and ski races, parades and others come to life this year? How can we portray these celebrations in our photographs?

    We would like to see images from all over the world, from other places in the US and not limited to Maine.

    While we appreciate and accept photos in this category that show past events, we specifically want to encourage you to depict new forms of Community Celebrations, as they evolve over this year.

    As always, this is a category where you can be creative!

  • STUDENT (18 and under)

    Photography in any of the above categories, photographed by a person age 18 or under.

    If you submit as a student (and we recommend to do so if you are under 18), you may submit up to 3 photographs in the student category. This can be any type of photograph, be it monochrome or color, or it may even happen to match the special category (Community Celebrations, for the upcoming show). There is no further categorization within the "student" category.

    In case it is not obvious, you are welcome to submit your photos that were taken on any type of camera, including cell phones. They may even be uploaded directly from your iPhone or Android phone.

    Please not that we now offer a special discount for Students. You may submit up to 3 images for a flat fee of $10.

ENTRY RULES

  • THE MAINE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW is open to all photographers with a Maine year round or summer address - professional, amateur, and student. The show has 4 categories: black and white, color, special annual theme, and student.

    Each photographer may submit up to 3 photographs in any combination of categories.

    THE COST TO ENTER is $10 per photo, with a maximum of 3 photos per entry (Students may submit up to 3 images for $10). Photographers of accepted work will be notified by mail with further instructions on where and when to deliver the originals for exhibition.

    • Note: In case of hardship for you in providing the entry fee, specifically if you are entering as a Student (18 or under), you may give us an explanation on the payment page for considering a reduction/refund of the fee. BRAF is a non-profit artist cooperative with limited funds, but we will try our best to accommodate you.

    ACCEPTED PHOTOGRAPHS must be framed and ready to hang and must be presented in a professional manner ( see here for more details ). All work must be for sale. In addition, selected photographers can provide up to 2 matted prints of their photography for sale in the art bins . A commission of 35% will be charged on all sales made during and/or as a result of this show. Drop off and pick up of accepted work will be the responsibility of the photographer.

    SEND YOUR ENTRY FEE (if not paid by credit card online) check or money order promptly after entry,
    made out to - Boothbay Region Art Foundation MPS -, sent to:

    • The Maine Photography Show (BRAF)
    • P.O. Box 124
    • Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

LIABILITIES

  • All care will be taken with entries. However, BRAF, its staff, and the exhibition place and its staff, will not be responsible for any damage or loss, from whatever cause, while originals are in transit or in their custodies.