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Patterns in Nature - Call for Entry

Photo: Jim Brandenburg

All photographs rely upon a certain balance of shapes, forms and patterns to succeed in rising to the level of asking for a second or third look; all the while it is assumed that a wonderful wash of complimentary light is present. But here our goal is PATTERNS. Not the ART 101 class description in basic composition but a discovery of, or a personal view of that moment when balance fills the frame. Or perhaps the contrary, an edge that strikes the eye in just that right way that keeps bringing one back for another look. Sometimes breaking the ‘rules’ brings a photograph to the highest level.



Ernst Haas, the pioneer of color 35mm magazine photography was my visual mentor in this realm. His work speaks of patterns extraordinaire.

Call for Entry Opens:
Cost for Entry: $40 first 5 images, $10 each additional
Submitting Your Entries: Submit MPC Online  Tool, Smarter Entry
Image Requirements: sRGB or RGB color space (standard); 72 ppi resolution; flatten layers 8 bit; 1280 pixels on the longest side; JPG format, compression level 8 (medium).

Call for Entry Close: May 15th, 2015
Juror Results: June 10th, 2015
Exhibit Dates: July 24th thru September 6th, 2015
Opening Reception: July 24th, 2015
Prize & Awards: First Place - $400, Second Place - $300, Third Place - $200 and Three Honorable Mentions Awards of a full-color exhibition book. The book includes all images selected by our juror and those that will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries.
Juror: Jim Brandenburg
Accepted Images: All accepted images  will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries and published in a full-color exhibit book for purchase at $39.95.
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Guest Juror: Jim Brandenburg

Jim Brandenburg traveled the globe as a photographer with National Geographic magazine for over three decades. He has done assignment work and has been published in numerous national and international publications including the New York Times, Life, Time, Audubon, Smithsonian, Natural History, GEO, Modern Maturity, BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife, and Outside.

Over the course of his long career, Jim Brandenburg has received a multitude of prestigious national and international honors for his work. The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) twice named him Magazine Photographer of the Year for his National Geographic magazine work. He was named Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum–London, and was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA). Brandenburg was a Hasselblad Master in 2002, a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens in 2001, and Canon Explorer of Light 2005-08.



The Portrait:
Not Just Another Pretty Face
Call for Entry


Photo: Shelly Mosman

Portraiture has been a staple of photography since the medium's invention in the 19th century.  That's why it is so hard to make a portrait that stands out among the myriad of pretty faces and brooding stares that populate many photographs.  The challenge of this competition is to make a a portrait that is uniquely of our time, a time when photographic portraits and selfies are produced in unprecedented quantities.  What do you have to say with the camera and the human image that no one has said before? - Juror David E. Little

Cost for Entry: $40 first 5 images, $10 each additional
Submitting Your Entries: Submit MPC Online  Tool, Smarter Entry
Image Requirements: sRGB or RGB color space (standard); 72 ppi resolution; flatten layers 8 bit; 1280 pixels on the longest side; JPG format, compression level 8 (medium).

Call for Entry Close: June 29th, 2015
Juror Results: July 8th, 2015
Exhibit Dates: September 18th, thru November 1st, 2015
Opening Reception: September 18th, 2015
Prize & Awards: First Place - $400, Second Place - $300, Third Place - $200 and Three Honorable Mentions Awards of a full-color exhibition book. The book includes all images selected by our juror and those that will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries.
Juror: David E. Little, MIA Department Head, Curator of Photography & New Media
Accepted Images: All accepted images  will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries and published in a full-color exhibit book for purchase at $39.95.


Guest Juror: David E. Little


David E. Little has been curator and head at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 2008. He has curated over twenty shows at the MIA, including "The Sports Show: Althletics as Image and Spectacle" (2012); "The Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth" (2010) and the New Pictures series with David Goldblatt, James Welling and Sarah Jones, among others.  His exhibition, "100 Plus: A Photograph for Every Year of the MIA," is on view through October 18, 2015

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