CENTER Awards 2019




Deadline: January 29, 2019 & February 20, 2019
Entry fee: from $30
Prizes: $1,000, $5,000

The not-for-profit organization CENTER, founded in 1994, honors, supports, and provides opportunities to gifted and committed photographers.

CENTER provides platforms where the creative impulse can be engaged and challenged. Characterized by a community of gifted and committed photographers, CENTER has proven for the last 20 years that it can help photographers grow into their full potential. CENTER programs foster insights and actualizations that ripple and impact all involved.


  • Review Santa Fe Photo Festival
    CENTER’s premier juried portfolio review event is a weekend conference and festival for photographers who have created a project or series and are seeking audience expansion, critical issues, and community gathering connection in a profoundly unique sense of place.
  • Project Development Grant
    Supports fine art or documentary projects that are still in progress and have been minimally not been widely exhibited or published.
  • Project Launch Grant
    Supports a complete or nearly completed fine art, reportage, or documentary, or photojournalistic project to be published, exhibited, or launched to reach wider audiences.
  • The Choice Awards
    The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. Images can be singular or part of a series. The Awards are divided into three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, and Director’s Choice and Editor’s Choice.
  • Excellence in Multimedia Award
    Supports a project that utilizes photography, video, installation, or other elements that expand on traditional methods of displaying and experiencing photography.
  • me&EVE Award
    CENTER is pleased to offer a new $5,000 award for a female photographer, 40 years of age and over, who uses their camera to address social justice.


CENTER Awards 2018 Winners

Project Launch

Winner: Tamara Reynolds
Project Statement: The Drake


Project Development

First Place: Vikesh Kapoor
Project Statement: See You At Home


Curator’s Choice

First Place: Jerry Takigawa
Project Statement: Balancing Cultures


Second Place: Jeffrey Heyne
Project Statement: To Hunt a Moon


Third Place: Vivien Allender
Project Statement: The Global T(w)eens Project


Director’s Choice

First Place: Fatemeh Baigmoradi
Project Statement: It’s Hard to Kill


Second Place: Marcus DeSieno
Project Statement: No Man’s Land: Views From a Surveillance State


Third Place: Zoe Perry-Wood
Project Statement: Hanging in the Balance, Portraits from the BAGLY Prom


Editor’s Choice

First Place: Adair Freeman Rutledge
Project Statement: Azalea Trail Maids


Second Place: Amber Shields
Project Statement: Visions of Johanne – The Aging Female Body


Third Place: Jodie Hulden
Project Statement: Left Behind


Producer’s Choice

Third Place: Dirk Anschütz
Project Statement: Fathers & Sons – Portraits of an influential relationship


Center — Review Santa Fe 2017


Malamegi Lab – Art Prize
Malamegi Lab - Art Prize