2020 Critical Mass Top 50!

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Critical Mass 2021 Opens in May! We will be offering an Early Bird discount and registration will be open for about a month. Stay tuned for specifics and we look forward to seeing your work!

The Critical Mass 2019 Top 50 Exhibition has been rescheduled to open at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California! (exhibition dates are August 7 - September 12, 2021)

The CM20 Michael Reichmann Project Development Grant was awarded to Alanna Airitam, Marisol Mendez, Emeke Obanor, Andre Ramos-Woodard and Ada Trillo. Each photographer was awarded $1000 cash to go towards the development of a current or future project. Please see Photolucida's blog for more information and links to their projects.

Fraction Feature Award – Ten Finalists were selected to be featured on Fraction Magazine in a dedicated Critical Mass Issue (Issue 141). Congratulations to: Kathleen Clark, Jasmine Clark, Yolanda del Amo, Photographer Hal, Letitia Huckaby, Jordanna Kalman, Forest Kelly, Ada Luisa Trillo, Aaron Turner, and Alex Turner.

Rauschenberg Residency Award – Ebenezer Galluzzo was selected for a four-week residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Captiva Island (Florida) estate (slated for 2022). Congratulations!

Blue Sky Gallery Solo Show Award – Gary Burnley was chosen for a solo exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery (slated for 2021). Congratulations!

Print Collecting Initiative Award – Each Finalist received 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 have received 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 were 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!