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2022 Rust Belt Biennial


Rust Best Biennial   /   Deadline: 12/15/21

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Following the success of the inaugural RUST BELT BIENNIAL in the Fall of 2019, and as we all push through the pandemic we are excited to announce the SHOW MUST GO ON - winter celebration of photography from around the globe with a special focus on work realized throughout the Rust Belt Region and industrial regions alike around the world.

The Rust Belt, and its people, have known hardships and taught us all about resilience. As we make history together, coming out of once in a century pandemic, we decided to open the RUST BELT BIENNIAL to photographers and photographic work from all around the world.

We are proud to announce Hercules Papaioannou, Curator at the Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki (Greece), as the competition juror.

We are honored to collaborate with the Mahady Gallery at Marywood University, in Scranton, Penn., where the Biennial will be held from January 29th to March 5th of 2022 (opening reception TBA).

This land, its people, the pride and the struggles, the patina of the past, and above all, the histories and memories ingrained in the soil across the region. It is time to make new memories and new histories while revisiting and reevaluating old ones; It is time to start a new dialogue about the state of photography and its social, cultural, and political effects in our society; it is time to give back to the photographic community but also the region; it is time for you to join us!


Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA, USA


$35 up to twenty-five images


Anyone and everyone are welcome to submit work about the Rust Belt Region of the US and industrial regions from all continents.


Title format for each image: Title, Location Caption(optional)


Medium (Print Type)

File naming: First and last name, image title

Example: John_Smith-Image_Title.jpg

File format: JPG

File dimensions: 2000 pixels on the longest side

Color space: sRGB


Cash Prizes
1st Place $2500
2nd Place $1000
3rd $500

Evaluation Criteria

Juror: Hercules Papaioannou from the Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Contact Information

Rust Belt Biennial
2300 Adams Ave
Scranton, PA 18509


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