Photography Now 2016

Photography Now is CPW’s annual call for entry to discover the best photography projects in the US and beyond. This call is juried by a different leading curator in the field every year, who culls a meaningful exhibition from the submissions. Curators have included William A. Ewing, James Estrin, Kira Pollack, Natasha Egan, Vince Aletti, Lesley Martin, Charlotte Cotton, Darren Ching, Andy Grundberg and more.

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The deadline has been EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 12, 2018.

The Photography Now 2017 exhibition is on view through January 14, 2018. Juried by William Ewing, this exhibition includes 18 artists from around the world. The artists include: Lars Anderson, Ben Arnon, Sarah Anthony, John Barnard, Emily Berl, Adam Bernard, Christopher Paul Brown, Tianqiutao Chen, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Orestes Gonzalez, Tamar Granovsky, Sandra Bacchi, Alejandro Loureiro Lorenzo, Jeanette May, Zora Murff, Laurie Peek, Ceaphas Stubbs and Ayumi Tanaka. The Director’s Purchase Price was awarded to Sarah Anthony. Thank you to all artists who applied.



Photography Now is CPW’s annual call for entries with exhibition and purchase prize.

CPW’s annual Photography Now exhibition celebrates the plurality of photography. All photographic techniques and approaches are welcome, from analog to digital, fine art, directorial, narrative, documentary, political, social justice, identity, portrait, landscape, still life, mixed media incorporating photography, photographic installations, and digital imaging and collage!

Submissions for Photography Now are accepted only through Apply now. The deadline is EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 12, 2018. Image prep info is available here. No submissions will be accepted outside of the submission process.


  • 6 – 10 images, uploaded to CAFE specifications*
  • Bio (up to 1,000 characters)
  • Artist Statement (up to 3,000 characters)
  • Entry fee [scroll down for details]
  • Proof of eligibility for students, and seniors (age 65 and up)

*All applicants must register for a free account on Image upload instructions are available on the Media Prep tab on, or simply click hereExhibition print sizes will not determine eligibility, however they will be considered when selecting the number of framed pieces that will be included in the exhibition.


6 images for Students/Seniors (age 65 and up): $35
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6 images for General Entry$50
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4 additional images [total of 10]: $15, applicable for both Student/Senior Entries and General Entries

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Photography Now 2018 

Elizabeth Ferrer/BRIC © Julienne Schaer


Elizabeth Ferrer is Vice President, Contemporary Art at BRIC, a major Brooklyn, New York cultural organization, where she curates solo and group exhibitions focusing on emerging and mid-career artists. Since she began at BRIC in 2007, Ferrer has instituted the publication of catalogues and brochures that act as critical platforms for critical writing on exhibitions artists, instituted the BRIC Biennial – a major exhibition held at BRIC House and other venues to highlight artists of exceptional promise in the borough, and expanded BRIC’s artist residency program. Among the exhibitions she has curated at BRIC are Brooklyn Photographs, a major survey of work by the Nuyorican artist Juan Sánchez, Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere, and the photography exhibition, En Foco: New Works/Crossing Boundaries, in collaboration with En Foco.

Ferrer has also curated numerous exhibitions on Latino and Mexican modern and contemporary photography.  Her exhibitions have appeared at such venues as the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C., El Museo del Barrio, the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, the Americas Society in New York,  the Austin Museum of Art, the University of Notre Dame, and MARCO in Monterrey Mexico. Ferrer is the author of Lola Alvarez Bravo (Aperture Foundation, NY), named as a New York Times notable book of the year, as well as of numerous exhibition catalogues and essays published nationally and internationally. She was co-editor of the catalogue of the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark exhibition, Latin American Artists of the 20th Century. Ferrer, who studied art history at Wellesley College and Columbia University, is currently writing a comprehensive history of Latino photography in the United States.

Sarah Anthony, image Deven in the Snow, 2016


Sarah Anthony was awarded the 2017 Director’s Purchase Prize. One print by a photographer from the exhibition is chosen and purchased for CPW’s Permanent Print Collection, held at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, and CPW. Past Purchase Prize recipients include Carlos Saavedra, Morgan Ashcom, Lucas Foglia, Thomas Jackson, Ilona Szwarc, among others.



Banner image: Installation of Photography Now 2016 exhibition