2017 Critical Mass Top 50!

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Critical Mass

The aim of Critical Mass is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today. Critical Mass is about exposure, connection, and community - as well as some very notable awards!

Congratulations to the Critical Mass 2017 award winners: J. Fredric May (Blue Sky Solo Show award), and Matt Eich (Rauschenberg Residency award). The Critical Mass Top 50 group exhibition (curated by Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor for Kehrer Verlag) will be on exhibit this summer at Edition ONE Gallery in Santa Fe, and as a projection at CORTONA ON THE MOVE Photography Festival in Italy.

Critical Mass 2018 will open end of May, 2018. Stay tuned for details!

Photolucida is excited to once again offer our Critical Mass MFA Student Scholarship Awards this year! We are looking for nominations from Grad Program Faculty for MFA students who’s work is ready for submission to Critical Mass. This award includes waived entry fees and automatic entry into the Top 200 Finalist pool. Faculty members! Please send us the name, email address, and website of nominated students to audra@photolucida.org by June 1st. The nominations will be vetted and the awardees will be notified by Mid-June. We look forward to reviewing the work of your students!

Last year’s scholarship recipients were Fatemeh Baigmoradi, John-David Richardson, Emily Wiethorn, Antonis Theodoridis, Wesaam Al-Bradry, Aaron Hardin and Sanne Vils Axelson.
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!