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 15th year now with about 300 participants in the past years.

For the 2020 Show we will solicit photos in the categories
Black and White, Color, Student, and Special Category.

The Special Category for MPS 2020 will be Documentary

The juror for the 2020 Show will be the Chief Photographer of Portland Press Herald, Greg Rec

Call for Entires will open on December 1st, 2019

Go to Entry 2020 for the map that shows all photographers who participated in the MPS 2019,
including their images and the photos that were selected for the exhibition.

MPS committee member Steve Dunn has died unexpectedly on August 15th.
We mourn and commemorate our dear friend with broken heart!

Maine Photography Show 2020 - 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 24, 2020. Entries will be accepted from December 1, 2019.

    ENTRY PHOTOS MUST be in jpeg format. We suggest a resolution at 300 dpi with the longest dimension 1800 pixels. (If not submitted at this size, we will perform the resizing, to have uniform presentation for the juror.) Entries must be submitted using the ENTRY FORM on this website. No original art will be accepted. (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 2020 Special Annual Category: Documentary

    In this annually changing category, this year we are soliciting images that are considered Documentary.

    "Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle events or environments both significant and relevant to history and historical events as well as everyday life. It is typically covered in professional photojournalism, or real life reportage, but it may also be an amateur, artistic, or academic pursuit." (see more references at Wikipedia)

    Or, as Greg Rec summarizes it: "Documentary photography is the practice of making an image that accurately depicts its subject or environment and where the photographer does not direct, change or manipulate the scene."

    While it is true in any category, we want to encourage you to utilize the increasingly powerful capabilities of cameras in mobile devices. This year's category might provide excellent opportunities to use your mobile device, specifically for capturing street scenes. We have seen many high quality images taken with mobile phones etc. Some of the devices have improved significantly when it comes to low light situations. That is not to dismiss dedicated and high-end photo gear but as it has shown over and over again, outstanding photos are not made by the camera but by the person who is behind the camera.

    As always, this is a great 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 (Documentary, 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.