2020 Critical Mass Top 50!

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The Critical Mass 2020 Top 50 has been announced!
A gracious thank-you to all the photographers who submitted and our hard-working jurors.

Stay tuned for announcements on recipients for these Critical Mass awards:

Michael Reichmann Project Development Grant – Five photographers selected from the 200 Finalists will each be awarded $1000 cash to go towards the development of a current or future project. *Congratulations to: Alanna Airitam, Marisol Mendez, Emeke Obanor, Andre Ramos-Woodard and Ada Trillo. Please see Photolucida's blog for more information and links to their projects!

*NEW* Fraction Feature Award – Ten Finalists will be selected to be featured on Fraction in a dedicated Critical Mass Issue.

Rauschenberg Residency Award – One photographer will be chosen for a four-week residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Captiva Island (Florida) estate (slated for 2022).

Blue Sky Gallery Solo Show Award – One photographer will be chosen for a solo exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery during Portland Photo Month.

Print Collecting Initiative Award – Each Finalist will receive their choice of one limited edition signed print by past Critical Mass award winners, Priya Kambli or Matt Eich. This award is generously sponsored by Hahnemühle + Pro Photo Supply.

A number (25+) of Critical Mass Finalists will receive a copy of Odette England’s important new monograph, 'Keeper of the Hearth' (Schilt Publishing, 2020) * please see Photolucida's blog for a list of these 25 people!

MFA Student Scholarships have been awarded to: Kevin Claiborne (Columbia University), Granville Carroll (Rochester Institute of Technology), Karen Dias (The New School - Parsons), Erick Jonathan Guzman (Rhode Island School of Design), Dylan Hausthor (Yale School of Art), Mathew Jessie (Arizona State University), Dawn Kim (Yale School of Art), Cassandra Klos (Duke University), Epiphany Knedle (East Carolina University), Lindley Warren Mickunas (Columbia College Chicago), Alex Turner (University of Arizona), and Will Warasilla (Duke University). All twelve students will receive guidance from Photolucida, all Critical Mass fees waived, and entry to the Top 200 Finalist round. Thanks, everyone, for the nominations!
Mila Teshaieva

Critical Mass Books

Over the years, Photolucida has offered book awards as part of our Critical Mass programming. Photolucida publishes and distributes these titles, and gives copies of the books to all participating photographers and jurors on the years the award is given.


Past titles have been collaborative efforts with publishers such as Daylight Books and Kehrer Verlag. Check out our library of current publications as well as our backlist!