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• Southeast Center For Photography - Photo Contest •

Southeast Center For Photography

• Deadline: January 30th, 2022⁠ •

• Prize: Exhibition ⁠•

• Theme: Conversations with the Archive

• Entry Fees: $35 •

• REGISTRATION: CLOSED, Click HERE For More Opportunities


Through monthly calls for submission and juried exhibitions, local, national and international photographers of all skill levels have the opportunity to have their work presented and enjoyed by collectors, curators, enthusiasts, and colleagues. In addition, exceptional photographers will be invited to participate in solo or group shows at the gallery.

The SE Center is a 2400 square foot freestanding building in downtown Greenville, SC, 1 1/2 blocks from Main St. The SE Center features 3 gallery spaces, lounge, space for classroom and shooting workshops, bookstore, front and back operating overhead doors and our own parking lot.

In addition to exhibition opportunities for photographers, our workshops and events cover all aspects of photography and encourage and inspire the photographer in all of us.

Conversations with the Archive Prospectus

For the call for Conversations with the Archive, we are looking for work using historical, familial, or found photographs (or ephemera) to create a new visual language or expression. This reconsideration of other people's photographs, whether it be from a family album or a dusty thrift store bin, allows the creator to appropriate, construct, edit, and sequence in order to create something entirely new--sometimes in conversation with the photographer's own imagery, or sometimes as an artistic expression using only appropriated imagery.

Analog and digital manipulation in all its forms is welcome. Monochrome or color, all subjects, analog, digital or antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.


You can enter your images online at Smarter Entry. For best results, make sure your image is 1200 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Please name your files: Con_Last Name_First Initial_Image#.jpg (Examples: Con.Smith.J.Image1.jpg, Con.Jones.R.Image3.jpg) If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please contact or call 864.605.7400

Eligibility: All photographers regardless of location, age, or skill level.

Fees $35 for up to 5 Images, $6 for each additional image up to 10.

Juror: Our juror for Conversations is Aline Smithson. Aline Smithson is a visual artist, educator, and editor based in Los Angeles, California. Best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal. She received a BA in art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Allen Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a decade-long career as a New York Fashion Editor, Smithson returned to Los Angeles and to her own artistic practice.

In 2007, Smithson founded LENSCRATCH, a photography journal that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines has written book reviews for photo-eye, and has provided the forewords for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Meg Griffiths, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, Nancy Baron, among others. Smithson has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and online magazines, including Review Santa Fe, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and the Griffin Museum. In addition, she is a reviewer and educator at many photo festivals across the United States. Smithson has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001 and also teaches at a variety of institutions such as ICP, SFW, MMW, and others.

Exhibition Details: 35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. Openings are timed to coincide with Greenville, South Carolina's First Fridays, a celebration of art, food, and music.

Selected images must be matted and framed up to 20 x 24” to professional standards, white mat with simple black metal or wood frame unless prior approval has been obtained. The Center reserves the right to reject any piece not framed to our standards. To avoid shipping costs & headaches, the SE Center for Photography will print your photographs for you upon acceptance. For $15 per image, we'll print on archival paper and after the show either return the print to you ($15 additional for shipping) or you may choose to donate the image to the Center's flat file for future access to collectors.

The SE Center for Photography will mat & frame your images at no charge, using our selection of 11x14, 16x20, or 20 x 24 black, metal frames with white, archival mats, and conservation clear glass for the exhibitions assuming it will fit one of our standard mats.

Sales: The SE Center encourages sales during exhibitions and retains a 40% commission on work sold. The artist receives 60% of the sale price. If a print is sold it will be ordered from the photographer at the time of sale.

Copyright: Artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition inclusion grant the SE Center for Photography permission to use images for promoting the exhibition, artist, or SE Center and its programs, and current and past exhibitions. Images may be placed on social media for promotion and features. Artists grant usage as stated without further compensation.

Lodging/Transportation: The SE Center does not provide lodging or transportation for artists participating in an exhibition. The SE Center is 16 miles from GSP International Airport and we can provide suggested lodging options in the area.


Submissions Open 12/3/21

Submissions Close 1/30/22

Selections Announced 2/14/22

Drop Off or Arrival at SEC 3/23/22

Exhibition Opens 4/1/22

Exhibition Closes 4/30/22

Return of Works 4/20/22

After the Show If your art does not sell at the exhibition, you have the option to have it returned (Prepaid) or donate it to the SE Center’s Flat File. Flat File artwork is available for viewing, may be exhibited again, donated to another organization, or sold to benefit the SE Center. If sold, the SE Center retains all profits from the sale. Flat File art is destroyed after two years of the close of the original exhibition.

Thank you for submitting and your support of the SE Center


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