Critical Mass 2021 Awards


© Granville Carroll: Selah, 2020 (Print Collecting Initiative print)

Critical Mass is designed to maximize exposure with our great pre-sceening committee and our extensive jurors list (a benefit to all!), and we are also excited to offer these awards this year:

Michael Reichmann Project Development Grant – five Finalists will be awarded $1000 cash to go towards the development of a current or future project. Learn about past award winners on our blog here and here!

Blue Sky Gallery Solo Show Award – a Finalist will be awarded a solo exhibition at Blue Sky in Portland, Oregon.

Fraction Feature Award – ten Finalists will be selected to be featured on Fraction Magazine in a dedicated Critical Mass Issue, selected by Bree Lamb. Check out last year’s feature on Fraction here!

*NEW* Humble Highlight Award – five Finalists will receive individual deep dive interviews on Humble Arts Foundation‘s blog, selected by Humble’s Jon Feinstein and Roula Seikaly.

Gifted Book Award – 25 Critical Mass Finalists will received a copy of ‘Running, Falling, Flying, Floating, Crawling’ edited by Mark Alice Durant and published by Saint Lucy Books.

Print Collecting Initiative Award – each of the 200 Finalists will receive a limited edition signed print (“Selah, 2020” – from the series ‘Because the Sun Hath Looked Upon Me’) by Granville Carroll. This award is generously sponsored by Hahnemühle + ProPhoto Supply.

Merit-Based Scholarships – selected photographers (with a focus on students) will have the entry fee to Critical Mass waived and the finalist fee waived if juried into the Top 200, as well as guidance from Photolucida. (6.14.21 – Note: Nominations closed and scholarship recipients have been notified!)

The deadline to submit your work is June 16th at Noon PST! *deadline extended to Monday, June 21st at Noon PST!*

Early Bird Price – $50, until May 28th at Noon PST!
Regular Price – $60, until June 16th at Noon PST!


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