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Call For Entry


About the Call For Entry

"Meet Me Downtown" is a familiar battle cry for all of us, whether we live in Paris or Peoria, Florence or Fargo, Detroit or New Delhi. For better or worse, our downtowns usually define our cities and towns. They often become the signature icons for how others perceives us, how we think about ourselves, and certainly where visitors flock to, and decide for themselves.

Our downtowns are literally our city centers. Our civic heartbeats. And they harbor our defining brand places and moments.  Downtown translates to "le Centre Ville" in French, and for good reason; its usually where the action is. The good, the bad, and the ugly.  Great food, music, the sights, the nights, the lights. Oh the humanity...and the architecture. So it IS where we meet, because its easy to find, and we can depend on some excitement.

For photographers, there are few richer targets than Downtown. Sure, there's Uptown too, but THEN we're in a metropolis, and of course THAT is fair game for this competition as well. Which is another way of saying, DOWNTOWN is a frame of mind. Be it the Bowery, or the Wharf, or Montmartre, or Chelsea. We're not keeping score, nor will we ask for GPS coordinates.

Show us that hustle-bustle stew of simmering life, and sights, and smells, and head-buzzing reflections at busy intersections. 

I grew up a small town girl in Normandy, France... but now rather favor San Francisco, NYC, and of course my beloved Paris. me YOUR downtown, and if not yours, at least your FAVORITE. Please give our viewers a sense of place, by including the human element, framed with distinguishing architecture and cityscapes that say--Downtown. There are no time restrictions on the images, old classics and brand new favorites are all welcome.

As is their custom, the MPLS Photo Center will be awarding Best of Show, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place; along with 3 Honorable Mentions. We will display both COLOR and Black&White framed photographs from our finalists. So ...hit the streets...and we'll see you Downtown!
Valerie Jardin

See Valerie Jardin's Work Here

$35 Total for your first four (4) Submissions.  
Additional images are $10 each. Limit 8 Total from Each Artist.
Call Opens March 31st and Closes May 2, 2016

Opening Reception June 10th, 6:30 p.m.
Exhibit Runs thru August 26th.

File Size Requirements

Image Format Requirements
If your image is greater than 800 pixels on the longest side, you can submit it as is. Your images will appear large enough to be fairly juried. If your image is less than 800 pixels on the longest side, you may want to resize it using the original, larger file. If you do not have the original larger file, do not try to upsize your image. You are better off submitting an image as small as 600 pixels on the longest side, than to distort the quality of the image by trying to increase the pixel dimension. Your image must be less than 4MB in size.
File Names
The actual file name is the image file title you see in a directory / folder. That is the part that cannot have special characters as they present security risks or are not compatible with programming. When you browse your folder to select your file and then it inserts into SE, you may see something like this: c:my_harddrive%5filename.jpg. The c:my_harddrive%5 is the computer’s path to the file. It can/will have special characters, and that is ok. It is only the filename.jpg part that cannot have special characters.

Enter The Call: Meet Me Downtown

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