Call for Entry: Aline Smithson Selects 2024

Date(s) - 06/29/2024 - 08/09/2024
Time(s) - 12:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atlanta Photography Group

Photo: Sandra Chen Weinstein

Aline Smithson
Selects 2024

Aline Smithson
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Lenscratch,
Photographic Artist and Educator

Atlanta Photography Group (APG) is now accepting entries for Aline Smithson Selects 2024. This CFE is open themed and Aline Smithson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Lenscratch will be our esteemed juror.

One artist from this exhibition will be selected for the APG/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Purchase Award, a $3,000 prize which is made possible through a generous grant from Edwin Robinson and Julin Maloof, in honor of Gloria and Ted Maloof. This is a great opportunity to get your work in front of one of the most sought after photography educators working today and to be considered by Lisa Volpe, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the museum purchase award.

The Opening Reception will be a hybrid event on September 28, 2024 6:00-9pm ET, with Ms. Smithson in attendance, and featuring a juror/artist talk beginning at 7:00pm ET.

Aline Smithson

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Aline Smithson is an interdisciplinary artist, editor, filmmaker, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal. She received a BA in Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Allen Rupersburg, and Charles Garabedian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor working alongside some the greats of fashion photography, Smithson returned to Los Angeles and her own artistic practice.

She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China, The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Arnika Dawkins Gallery in Atlanta. In addition, her work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Harper’s, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.

Smithson is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography. She has been an educator at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001 and her teaching spans the globe. In 2012, Smithson received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community and also she received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2014 and 2019, Smithson’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50. Her work is held in significant public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Santa Barbara Art Museum.

In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Smithson to create a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition. In the Fall of 2018 and again in 2019, her work was selected as a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2019, Kris Graves Projects commissioned her to create the book LOST II: Los Angeles that is now sold out. Peanut Press Books published her monograph, Fugue State, in Fall 2021. Her books are in the collections of the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, among others. In 2022, she was honored to be a Hasselblad Heroine. With the exception of her cell phone, she only shoots film.


Photo: Quintavius Oliver, Recipient of the inaugural APG/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Purchase Award

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is among the 10 largest art museums in the United States, with an encyclopedic collection of more than 65,000 works of art. The main campus comprises the Audrey Jones Beck Building; the Caroline Wiess Law Building; the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden; the Glassell School of Art; The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza; and the BBVA Compass Roof Garden. The MFAH has two cafés, a repertory cinema, two libraries, and two nearby house museums for decorative arts: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and Rienzi.  



CFE Dates: June 29 – August 9, 2024
All dates and times are Eastern Time (ET)
All submissions must be completed by August 9, 2024 at 10pm ET

Early Entry: June 29 – July 6, 2024
2 works: $35, 4 works: $50, 6 works: $60, 8 works: $75

Regular Entry: July 7 – August 2, 2024
2 works: $40, 4 works: $60, 6 works: $70, 8 works: $85

Late Entry: August 3 – 9, 2024
2 works: $50, 4 works: $70, 6 works: $80, 8 works: $95

Student Submissions:
2 images: $30, 4 images: $45, 6 images: $55, 8 images: $70

Images which have been shown in either the Main or Maloof Galleries within the last 3 years are not eligible.


4 scholarships are available for this call for entry. APG offers need-based Scholarships for all of our exhibitions that will cover the submission entry fee. Don’t let a lack of funds prevent you from sharing your vision with the world. Be a part of the photography community and show your work today. Click HERE for more details.


Deadline For All Entries: August 9, 2024, 10PM ET

Notifications of Selections: On or about August 17, 2024

Deadline to Delivery Artwork to the APG Gallery: September 14, 2024 by 4pm ET

Exhibition Dates: September 17 – October 12, 2024

Opening Reception: September 28, 2024 6:00-9:00pm ET


  • The juror will be selecting the images from all entries.
  • Export images as .jpg. Resize to 2100 px on the longest side.
  • Rename files to the titles of each work exactly as you wish it to appear (example: My Great Photo.jpg) Your name will be automatically prepended to the file upon upload.
  • Create a text file with your Personal Info (name, email, phone, website/social media), Artist Statement (500 words max), Bio (250 words max), and Image list (in this order: Title, Year piece was created, Print/Image Size (H x W), estimated Framed Size (H x W) Medium (archival pigment print, inkjet print, silver gelatin, cyanotype, etc.), and save this file as a Word doc or PDF.
  • The link to upload your files will be sent to you in your payment confirmation email. You will receive two emails after you pay. One will have the upload link. If you don’t receive two emails, check your spam folder.

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All entries must be completed ONLINE. Do NOT email any image files

  • Complete Online Registration & Payment
  • The link to upload your files will be sent to you in your payment confirmation email. You will receive two emails after you pay. One will have the upload link. If you don’t receive two emails, check your spam folder.
  • Once you get this link, you must be logged into the website in order to successfully upload your work.
  • Upload Files to the Dropbox link found in the payment confirmation.
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