2019 Critical Mass Top 50!

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Critical Mass


Early Bird Submission Fee (deadline 5/22) – $50 - ends at noon PST!
Regular Submission Fee (deadline 6/19) – $60 (down from $75) - ends at noon PST!

Check out our stellar Critical Mass juror list ("wow" is right!) and our line-up of this year's 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.

Photolucida Reviews Event “Golden Ticket” Award – Three photographers selected from the 200 Finalists will each be given a “Golden Ticket” to the 2021 Reviews Event in Portland with all registration fees covered.

*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)

MFA Student Scholarships – Photolucida is excited to once again offer our Critical Mass MFA Student Scholarship awards. We are looking for nominations from Grad Program Faculty for MFA students (or from students themselves!) whose work is ready for submission to Critical Mass 2020. This award includes waived entry fees and automatic entry into the Top 200 Finalist pool. Please contact us at info(at)photolucida.org for more information. Deadline for nominations: June 1st.
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!