The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2009 and is dedicated to fostering the study, practice, and appreciation of contemporary photography. These three pillars of PPAC’s mission support the production and exhibition of work at the leading edge of photographic practice, in-depth education, and innovative programming connecting artists with audiences, engaging them as more than just passive viewers of work, but as part of the creative process.

Juror: Dan Leers, Dan Leers is Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Two artists will win a $5,000 honorarium each and concurrent solo exhibitions from December 12, 2019 – February 29, 2020.

Submission Dates: March 1 – June 1, 2019

Entry Fee: $30 for a maximum of 10 images

Applicants should submit: 

  • Up to 10 images: (maximum file size - 300ppi, 1500 pixels on long side)
  • CV
  • Artist Statement

PPAC believes contemporary photography takes many forms, so all styles of photography, digital imaging, film/video, and lens-based installation work is welcomed. 

Learn more at PPAC's website: https://www.philaphotoarts.org/artist-opportunities/annual-competition/

About Dan Leers:  Dan Leers is Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a BA in Art History from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin and an MA in Modern Art/Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. At MoMA, he organized the exhibition New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali.

As an independent curator, Leers worked on multiple exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. He acted as a Curatorial Advisor on contemporary African art to the 2013 Venice Biennale. He also curated Beyond the Surface: Image as Object and 3 Themes: Contemporary Connections with Paul Strand at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in 2014-15. He has contributed to many photography publications including Seydou Keïta (Paris: Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2016) and Guy Tillim: Of People and Their Places (Germany: Steidl, 2015). 

Leers began at the Carnegie in 2015, and has curated the exhibition Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups (2015) and consulted with the Hillman Photography Initiative, an incubator for thinking about issues in contemporary photography. His exhibition and book William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography came out in November 2017, and his most recent show, Forum: Deana Lawson appeared at the museum in the spring of 2018. 

About PPAC The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2009. PPAC exhibits work at the leading edge of contemporary practice and engages a diverse audience in  creating and considering digital photography.  

Submissions for the 2019 Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Members' Exhibition are open! All members are invited to exhibit one image in the exhibition.

Submissions will close on June 24. The Members' Exhibition will be on display in PPAC's gallery from August 8 - August 31, 2019, with an opening reception on August 8, 6 - 8 pm. 

Artists are responsible for transportation of their work to and from the gallery. There is no storage space at PPAC; therefore we ask that work be delivered between July 30 - August 3. Work delivered after these dates will not be included in the exhibition. All work must arrive at the gallery ready to hang, with instructions if necessary. We also ask that you pick up your work between September 3 and September 7.  

PPAC will provide full fine art insurance coverage for the duration of the show. PPAC will retain a 40% commission on the sale of artwork and a 7% sales tax will be added to the purchase price. Please include the 40% in the price you give to PPAC

Artwork must remain in the gallery for the entire duration of the exhibition.


Permissions:  By submitting your photograph to PPAC Annual Membership Exhibition you acknowledge that you are the sole owner and author of the photograph. 

You allow the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) to feature your work without charge in print and on the web, in conjunction with promotion of PPAC education, exhibitions and programs. PPAC recognizes your copyright for the images you submit and agrees to give proper photo credit in all print materials and web usage.


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