Primary Colors Call for Entry

Primary Colors Call for Entry

Deadline: January 17, 2021
Entry Fee: $35
Prizes: $250, $325, $400, $1,100, participation in the online exhibition, promotion, certificates

The New York Center for Photographic Arts (NYC4PA) invites photographers world-wide to submit images using any photographic process (print, image transfer, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, etc.). Winners will receive $4,000 in cash awards, be featured in the NYC4PA Online Gallery and in the BLACK and WHITE catalog. The Grand Prize winning image will be posted on the NYC4PA home page.


This Call for Entries is open worldwide to both amateur and professional photographers. NYC4PA invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome. Only 2-D work is eligible.

Primary Colors

Red, Yellow, and Blue tubes of paint are the basic building blocks for all the colors of the rainbow. They also stand alone, individually, as strong primary color artistic elements.

Send us your images where one of these colors stands out as a critical element of your photographic composition. You decide which of the three colors Red, Yellow or Blue is central to each image and submit to the category that matches.

The number of possibilities is vast and includes black and white photographs with a single point of color, red, yellow or blue monochromes, or any image where one of these PRIMARY COLORS stands out as a focal part of the photograph. Is the blue sea what catches your eye, a red clown nose or maybe a big yellow school bus? Have you modified a print to be all shades of red? This is a theme to have fun with.

As with all NYC4PA calls all 2D photo mediums are welcome.

Exhibition and Awards

There will be 10 cash prizewinners, 20 Juror Selections and 20 Honorable Mentions

Cash Prizes

  • Grand Prize
    One photographer will receive $1,100. The image will be featured on the home page of the NYC4PA website.
  • First Prize
    3 photographers, one each in Red, Yellow and Blue, will receive $400.
  • Second Prize
    3 photographers, one each in Red, Yellow and Blue, will each receive $325.
  • Third Prize
    3 photographers, one each in Red, Yellow and Blue, will each receive $250.

Online Gallery, Catalog and Award Certificate

  • All prizewinners will be included in both the online gallery and catalog and be presented with a certificate.

Juror: Ann M. Jastrab

Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and publication. These regional traditions—including mastery of craft, the concept of mentorship, and dedication to the photographic arts—evolved out of CPA’s predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography established in 1967 by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston. While respecting these West Coast traditions, CPA is also at the vanguard of the future of photographic imagery. Before coming onboard at CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporated contemporary artists with the living legends photography.

Ann also worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for 10 years until their closure in 2017. Ann has curated many shows in the Bay Area while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, PhotoNola, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, PhotoAlliance, and Lishui International Photography Festival in China as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. While being a champion of artists, she created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where recent residents Meghann Riepenhoff, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Kathya Marie Landeros, and McNair Evans all received Guggenheim Fellowships.

Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well.

Entry Fee

  • $35 for the first three images
  • Additional images may be submitted for $10 each

There is no limit to the number of images submitted.


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