Noted photographer, teacher, and author Deborah Willis to jury 2023 Photo Review Photography Competition

    The Photo Review, a highly acclaimed critical journal of photography, is sponsoring its 38th annual photography competition, one of the oldest continuous photography competitions in the world.

    The Photo Review will reproduce accepted entries in its 2023 competition issue and on its website.

    Thus, the accepted photographs will be seen by thousands of people all across the world and entrants will have a tangible benefit from the competition.

    Selected to jury the competition is Deborah Willis, Ph.D., University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

    She is also the director of NYU’s Center for Black Visual Culture.

    Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, contemporary women photographers, and beauty. She is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

    She has received awards from the College Art Association for Writing Art History in 2021, the Outstanding Service Award from the Royal Photographic Society in the UK, and the 2022 Don Tyson Prize for the Advancement of American Art.

    She is the author of The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship and Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, among others. Professor Willis’s curated exhibitions include: “Home: Reimagining Interiority” at YoungArts, Miami, “Framing Moments in the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts,” “Migrations and Meanings in Art,” and “Free at they want to be: Artists Committed to Memory” at FotoFocus 2022.

    Most recently, Dr. Willis was named the 2023 Mary Lucille Dauray Artist-in-Residence by the Norton Museum of Art.

    The prizewinning photographers for the competition will be chosen for an exhibition at Philadelphia’s noted Woodmere Art Museum.

    Plus numerous Editor’s Selections will be exhibited in several Photo Review web galleries.

    Because their work was seen in The Photo Review, past winners have been given one-person exhibitions, have had their work reproduced in other leading photography magazines, and have sold their work to collectors throughout the country.

    Awards include a $1,000 purchase prize for inclusion in the Haverford College Photography Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive college photography collections in the United States, selected by William Earle Williams, the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in Humanities; Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography, at Haverford College; a $500 gift certificate for printing at Booksmart Studio; a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium tablet; two $250 gift certificates to PhotoLounge; a $200 gift certificate from Shades of Paper, a leading supplier of inkjet photo paper; a $200 gift certificate for Red River papers; $225 in gift certificates for Think Tank camera bags; numerous fabulous items from Photogenic Supply; a 20″x24″ silver gelatin fiber print from Digital Silver Imaging; and a feature on the Laurence Miller Gallery’s Picture of the Week email blast.

    The entry fee is $40 for up to three images and $8 for each additional image.

    In addition, all entrants will be able to subscribe to The Photo Review for $40, a 20% discount (higher rates apply for non-US subscribers).

    All entries must be received by March 26th, 2023.

    You can download contest rules and submit images at

    For further information call The Photo Review at 215/891-0214, 340 East Maple Avenue, Suite 200, Langhorne, PA 19047,


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