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Call for entry closed on Friday, June 29.

The PhotoMidwest Festival 2018 committee and the board of directors thanks everyone for entering the 10th Biennial Juried Exhibit. We had a record number of entries for a recent Festival Juried Exhibition. The jurors are now looking over the submissions and will report their selections to us in mid July. For more information about the Festival Timeline and Schedule, please visit the 2018 Festival Schedule page on this website.

10th Biennial PhotoMidwest 2018 Juried Exhibition Call for Entries


Entries must be by photographers based in the Midwestern United States. For purposes of this exhibition, the Midwest is defined as including the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. All photographic imagery is eligible for submission. This includes traditional film, alternative process, digital, and all post-production techniques. There is no theme. Our call is for the best  photographic art in the region.


CaFÉ, Call for Entry
All submissions must be made digitally via Registration for CaFÉ, is free. Once you create a profile and upload your images, you can go directly to the  10th Biennial PhotoMidwest 2018 Juried Exhibition. Follow the directions to complete your submission. The largest dimension of your framed image must be less than or equal to 30".

If you need help on how to use CaFÉ, please see their instructions and video at Applying to Calls for Entry using CaFÉ.


Submission deadline: June 29, 2018.  Entry fees: $45 for the first three images.  Additional Images: Up to two additional images may be submitted for $10 each.  PhotoMidwest members receive a $10 discount. Applicants who wish to join PhotoMidwest and submit as members should first purchase their membership.  You will then receive a "New Order Confirmed" email which includes the coupon code for use on CaFÉ. Current PhotoMidwest members were sent the discount code in an email on June 14. Search your trash and spam folders if you can not find the email.


The Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, September 11 through December 2, 2018. Reception and gallery talk Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Overture Center for the Arts:

5:00 - 6:00 pm Overture Promenade Terrace: Meet the Jurors
6:00 - 7:30 pm, Break
7:30 - 8:30 pm Overture Promenade Terrace: Exhibit Reception and Jurors Talk


Everyone who submits will receive an email notification of which images were accepted. Accepted images will be posted on the PhotoMidwest’s website along with instructions for preparing images for gallery presentation. Two jurors awards of $250 each will be awarded at the reception.

Alex Garcia--As a Chicago commercial photographer and photojournalist, Garcia has been telling stories through some 6,000 assignments to date.  Along the way, he has received a Pulitzer Prize, a World Press Photo award and several other accolades, leading HarperCollins to call him "one of the world's leading photojournalists.” Garcia is currently on the board of the National Press Photographers Association and a professor with the School of Visual Arts in New York and previously an adjunct lecturer at the Northwestern University Medill Graduate School.

“On whatever project I work on, whether it be stills, motion or a hybrid shoot, I see myself as a storyteller. I’m always looking for images that have an emotional or universal appeal to them, to break through the visual clutter of today’s world. In that way, I’ve really enjoyed transitioning my storytelling strengths as a photojournalist to collaborating with teams to achieve creative objectives on larger productions.”

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Alfred Rasho--As a teenager in Chicago, Rasho managed to save a bit of money from a part time job to buy a used Kodak Retina 3C camera, a Durst enlarger and the most basic darkroom accessories—which lead to seeing the magic of the latent image appear in the developer tray—An image many of us can relate to.

His career has been as an independent filmmaker. While serving as Director of Photography on a PBS documentary film in Sudan and Egypt, he renewed his love for the still image. Rasho says, “As a prerequisite to producing images that tell stories, whether in film or a still image, one needs to be fascinated with the human dynamics, the dynamics of seven billion of us roaming the planet. At least, that is the allure for­ me.” More info at:


For more information, e-mail: Camera@PhotoMidwest.Org