As photography becomes increasingly more competitive and saturated, we need to be creative when finding ways to fund our personal projects. At ONWARD, they recommend grants from private foundations as a good area to explore. To give you a head start in attempting the grant-seeking process, they recently spoke with Ken Goldman, a professional grant writer at Drexel University.

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Review Santa Fe is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world and considered one of the most important events for photographers who seek career advancement. Review Santa Fe is designed to facilitate relationships between photographers and leading industry professionals looking for new work.

The three-day event includes a minimum of nine portfolio reviews, inclusion in the Review Santa Fe 100 online resource, an opening reception, a closing reception, as well as an educational photographic seminar to create a vibrant and inspiring weekend to nourish the photographic community and create fertile ground for photographers.

Deadline for entries is January 22, 2014. 


Entering photo competitions can be a great way to get your work out there and possibly get shown in a group exhibition. However, there are many galleries that are looking for submissions of new work year round. ONWARD Compe has been hard at work compiling a list of approachable galleries that might be more open to accepting work from emerging photographers.

Photo arts centers are an excellent place to start submitting your work. Many of them have an open deadline and no submission fee, offering the same exposure you’d get in a competition, but allowing you to apply at your leisure.


From November 20 until March 16, the Saatchi Gallery is holding its latest exhibition, aptly titled Body Language. The group show includes a plethora of exclusively figurative pieces from 19 different international artists. You can surmise what the works are about from literalness of the title: how the body can be used to communicate. These are not formal studies as much as explorations of what the body can mean as an object of representation. Body Language, both the show and its namesake, remind us that some things can only be communicated through a language without speech.


James Welling operates in the hybrid ground between painting, sculpture, and traditional photography. For over 40 years he has explored issues of presentation and abstraction in his work, and is equally esteemed by critics, artists, and collectors as a central figure of international contemporary photography. The exhibition Autograph presents Welling’s documentary-style photographs in the tradition of classical art photography. In addition, the exhibition showcases Welling’s abstract photograms. Welling’s methods range from analogue techniques to digital technologies, in color and black-and-white, both with and without a camera. Fascinated by the possibilities the medium, James Welling has followed the fundamental transformation of photography into the present day.


The 2014 Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project is open for submissions from photographers self-publishing on New members are welcome to submit. The Grant aims to support personal photography projects and encourage the production and development of photography outside of the commercial realm. The Grant recognizes photographers as judged by their images, story, as well as the dedication and commitment of the photographer to the story or concept. The application period will end 12:00 p.m. January 10, 2014. 



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Even though tickets are sold out, you can still watch the lectures live online Wednesday November 20 at 7:00pm on Presented in conjunction with the ICP exhibition JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander's View of History on view through January 19, fillmmaker Oliver Stone will be in conversation with ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis.ShareThis

Photographer Katie Murray discusses her project All the Queens Men and her recent video Gazelle, currently on view at The Photographer's Gallery in London. A conversation with contemporary photographers Joseph Maida and Dan Torop as well as art critic and historian Maika Pollack will follow. Presented by the BFA Photography Department at the SVA Theatre on November 19, 2013 at 7:00pm.

Image by Katie Murray


Laura Morton will be showing her project The Social Stage at The Half King Gallery on November 19, at 7:30pm. The show will be on view until January 12, 2014. 

Opening night's slideshow will feature Laura and Jim Estrin, discussing the stories and context of Laura's images. The Social Stage is about the people at San Francisco society galas. This is a set whose members attend extravagant, fanciful parties to celebrate donating crucial sums to local charities and organizations. Bright, immediate, and timeless, Morton’s images give the fabulous moment and the lonesome, isolated moment equal value.

image by Laura Morton