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The 96th ANNUAL International Competition


The Print Center   /   Deadline: 06/15/21

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The Print Center announces the 96th ANNUAL International Competition, to be juried by Ana Casas Broda and Dr. Kelli Morgan. Casas Broda is an artist, educator, editor and co-director of Hydra + Fotografía, a platform founded in 2012 in Mexico City for projects related to the medium of photography. Dr. Morgan is an independent curator, educator and social justice activist who developed a love of print when she curated A Collaborative Language: Selections from the Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, in 2017.

The Print Center honors the power of photography and print to raise and amplify a multiplicity of voices. We are committed to fostering that power to advocate for change as well as supporting artists working for equity and justice through our exhibitions and programs, including the ANNUAL.

The ANNUAL is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the United States. Open to local, national and international artists, The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting the use of photography and/or printmaking in new and intriguing ways, both in content and process.



Solo ExhibitionsThree Finalists will be selected by The Print Center to receive Solo Exhibitions at The Print Center (January - March 2022) and an honorarium. Selected artists will work with our curator on the selection of works and installation design. Artists are responsible for delivery/shipping to and from The Print Center, and other costs not explicitly covered by The Print Center, including framing (if required). Digital ExhibitionImages submitted by Finalists and Semifinalists will be presented onscreen at The Print Center during the Solo Exhibitions (January - March 2022).Online PortfoliosThe Print Center will mount an online portfolio exhibition for Semifinalists and Finalists, including up to five images, biographical information and artist statements. Finalists can present an additional 5 images for inclusion (up to 10).


REDUCED ENTRY FEE for 2021: $35 - for up to five single images or videos


Any artist using photography and/or printmaking as critical components in their work can enter. Work submitted must have been completed in the last three years. Up to five images may be submitted and only one submission per person is allowed.

Former ANNUAL Finalists and Semifinalists are eligible to apply.

Each uploaded file must be labeled with: Title, Date, Medium (e.g. etching, inkjet, gelatin silver, lithograph) and Dimensions (paper size, video duration or installation measurements). Additional information, up to 100 words, may be included.

Accepted file formats for submission:
Images: Up to 5 MB/each: jpg, png, gif
Videos: Up to 250 MB/each: mov, wmv, flv, mp4

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The jurors will select a group of 25 Semifinalists and 10 Finalists.

A wide variety of exhibition, museum acquisition, cash and material prizes are provided by supporters of the ANNUAL to be awarded to Semifinalists and Finalists, including:

-Three Solo Exhibitions at The Print Center (Finalists only)
-Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
-Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award
-Art Museum of West Virginia University Purchase Award
-Fish/Pearce Award ($500)
-Callan/McNamara Award ($500)
-Stockbridge Fine Art Printing Award ($250 value)
-The Print Center Honorary Council Award of Excellence
-Two-year Print Center Gallery Store Contract
-Numerous additional cash and material prizes awards

Contact Information

The Print Center
1614 Latimer St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

P: 215-735-6090

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