N.Y. Photo Curator Call for Entry: 'Grief' with curator Frances Jakubek (Head of Exhibitions at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York City & past associate curator, Griffin Museum of Photography, Massachusetts.)
Deadline to enter: Feb. 28, 2018

“What cannot be said will be wept.” ― Sappho

Jakubek says, "Our hearts can break in many different ways. We expect mourning to end but oftentimes it manifests in other actions. We learn to restructure our lives and identify our worst thoughts as an avenue for growth. Maybe it leads to art making. Maybe we photographed this seemingly impossible event. We create photographs for different reasons, whether personal, political, for the purpose of change or a combination of these motivations.

This call is for images made anywhere along the path of the grieving process. We can be dealing with feelings of premonition, fear, and anxiety. Anticipation can lead us to act out in despair, in defense, to find avenues to re-direct anger. Then perhaps we can focus on care-taking, healing, rebuilding, and surviving. Every day may feel different and reactions can vary within a moment. The ability to fully experience emotions is a gift and it can translate in so many ways. The goal for this exhibition is to open a dialogue about understanding how we all cope and respond with our individual difficulties and how different they could possibly be, and most times, how similar."

Frances Jakubek is the Head of Exhibitions at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City and past Associate Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts. Jakubek has been a guest writer for Don’t Take Pictures, Diffusion Magazine and for artist and gallery publications. She was a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography fellowships, speaker for The Photo Brigade and juror for international exhibitions including ‘The Fence’ and PDN’s ‘The Curator Awards’. For her personal work, (though it’s all personal), recent exhibitions include The Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA; Filter Photo Space, Chicago, IL; The Southern Contemporary Art Gallery in Charleston, SC; Camera Commons in Dover, NH; The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College, MA; Plates to Pixels Online Gallery; and the Dorchester Art Project, MA.

20% of artist fees go to charity. 10% to the curator's charity and 10% to the first place winner's charity.

Jakubek has chosen Facing Addiction as her charity.
Facing Addiction is bringing hope and help to the 1 in 3 households impacted by addiction, and all those who might be in the future. By opening hearts and minds by ending the stigma, shame, and misinformation around addiction, and helping loved ones currently suffering get the support they need to lead full lives in recovery. Facing Addiction is implementing prevention programs that work; more effective treatment; and to end the criminal justice response.

$20 for 3 images. ALL entrants work is shown on their own page with their artist statement, website info, portions of their bio and CV.
First Place winner receives Q & A with curator. Curator reviews first place winner. One or more past curators may contribute reviews as well. 10% of artist fees goes to the first place winner's charity. The first place image is on our splash page for a month.
ALL entrants work is exhibited in a group online exhibition. Each entrant is asked to submit 3 images so they can have their own page with their images, bio, artist statement and contact info. In keeping with our mission of creating exposure opportunities and PR, we are proud to offer this feature.  We hope this creates a vehicle that can take your work further and be seen by more people. No fewer than three images will be accepted to keep with the format of our website. Submitting less than three images will disqualify your entry.

The curator chooses one first place winner, one second place winner and three-five honorable mentions. The first place winner will receive a review by one or more curators including a Q&A about the photographer's work. In addition, their image will be on our home page for a month. Second place and honorable mentions will have their image shown along with their bio, artist statement, C.V. and a link back to their website.
Images are shared on our social media as they come in so we encourage early entry. The more exposure for your work the better.

We will waive the fee for 2 entrants per competition based on need. Just contact us at and make the request.

Submit work deadline: February 28, 2018(Midnight PST)
How to Apply:

1- Hit BUY NOW button to check out using paypal as well as credit cards. Cost of submission is $20 for 3 images. It's recommended you submit 3 images so the website formatting is compatible, which basically means that you will have your own page with 3 images and text. If you submit less there is chance your images will be split up and viewable on 2 pages.


2- Send your paypal transaction ID # with your images to
(You won't get an acknowledgement email from us until you send all your work.)

3 - Enter in the email Subject box: N.Y. Photo Curator + Your name + Grief

4 - It is imperative that you include the name of the person paying on the paypal account when you submit your work. We have had many problems trying to figure out who paid for who.

5 - In the body of the email please include the following info:
    Monthly theme
    Your name
    Artist Statement
    Website or contact info
Please cut and paste your artist statement, bio & CV and send in  the body of the email. Please don't send separate documents. If your bio mentions your exhibition history you don't need to send a CV. 

If you don't have a resume please just send your bio and artist statement. If you want to include a line or two about the image feel free as that will be posted with your image. If you don't have a bio feel free to elaborate on your artist statement.
6 -Titles of included photographs (Titling is very important. The titles must be the same on your image as what you submit here. The titles on your image entry are the titles that will be used for the exhibition so please make sure those are correct. Photographs will not be accepted if titles don't match the labeling.) See example below.

Name Files: 
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS. First name must be first, second name second. First letter of first name and second name MUST BE in capitol letters. Do not write your last name first please.


7- File set-up- Jpeg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, not to exceed 3 MB.

Images must not have any embedded marks, logos, names or borders.

8 - Please tell us how you found out about us. It helps with ad costs.

All information requested, including CV, bio and images must be sent before the contest deadline to be eligible for contest. Non-payment disqualifies an entrant unless they have made arrangements for the entry fee waiver.

Eligibility:  The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. 

Please do not contact the curator under any circumstances. If you want to get a message to them email us at and we will get a message to them. Thanks.

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Terms and Conditions:

All sales are conducted solely between the artist and the buyer. N.Y. Photo Curator does not handle any part of sales or commissions.

By entering, entrants automatically accept the conditions of the competition; they grant N.Y. Photo Curator nonexclusive rights to use and reproduce submitted photographs (with the name of the photographer and the title of the work indicated) for promotional (e.g.: website and facebook purposes.) No royalties or compensation will be paid for these purposes.

Copyright: All rights to the photographs remain with the photographer.

Work and entry fee must be submitted by the prospectus deadline date or otherwise not be eligible to participate in competition. There are no refunds.

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