March 13, 2009
5:00 pm
Registration is now closed Thank you for a great response!

Addressing the Creative Ways We Explore, Portray, Express and Connect Communities Through Images.

Photo Alliance is pleased to announce an OPEN CALL for a portfolio review that will be held over the weekend of March 13-15, 2009 in San Francisco.
This event is being co-sponsored by Orion magazine and the Blue Earth Alliance with support from Freestyle Photographic Supplies



OR EMAIL: photo@photoalliance.org

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! Thank you all for a great response.

This three-day event will bring together top photography editors, publishers, curators, gallerists, and educators representing small, mid-sized, and major venues from around the U.S. to meet with engaged photographers to review their portfolios and encourage their careers.

The weekend’s activities will also include a FRIDAY EVENING LECTURE
March 13th, open to the General Public.

To guarantee a high quality experience, the event will be pre-juried, with a limit of 50. The DEADLINE to submit your portfolio for consideration is February 13th, 2009.

Then, during the weekend of March 13-15, 2009, the selected 50 photographers will each have ten twenty minute sessions with reviewers over the course of two days, and ample opportunity for further networking.

Reviewers are committed professionals representing a cross section of our community including book and magazine publishers, packagers and editors, museum, non-profit and commercial gallery directors, curators and leading educators and photographers.


The Orion Award: For the best portfolio that fits the mission of Orion magazine which is to deepen an understanding of our relationships with the natural world: a portfolio in an upcoming issue of Orion!

The Ike Royer Memorial Award & Scholarships from Freestyle Photographic that recognizes the best work utilizing traditional gelatin silver materials. Freestyle has been an industry leader in keeping these materials available and affordable.

The Blue Earth Prize For "Best Project Photography" This new award provides recognition for photographic work best representing the Blue Earth mission: To raise awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments and social concerns through photography.

The photo-eye Photographer's Showcase Award for "Best Art Photography Portfolio." One photographer will be selected to receive a complimentary online portfolio for one year on photo-eye Gallery's Photographer's Showcase: http://www.photoeye.com/photoshowcase.

-The Photographer's Showcase is viewed by gallery directors, curators, collectors, critics and photography enthusiasts worldwide.


David Bayles, Artist, Educator, Author
Debra Bloomfield, Photographer & Educator
Ed Carey, Director/Owner Gallery 291, San Francisco
Linda Connor, Photographer & Educator, San Francisco Art Institute
Robert Dawson, Photographer & Educator, Stanford & San Jose State University
Luis Delgado, Photographer, San Francisco
Taj Forer, Founding Editor, Daylight Magazine
Bruce Haley, Photographer, Carmel, Ca and Photography Features Editor for Artworks Magazine
Darius Himes, Publisher, Radius Books
Jason Houston, Picture Editor, Orion magazine
Rebecca Horne, Photo Editor for Discover Magazine
Jun Isimuro, Foto-Grafix Books
Ann M. Jastrab, Gallery Director RayKo Photo Center
Whitney Johnson, Associate Picture Editor, The New Yorker
Eric J. Keller, Director, Soulcatcher Studio, Santa Fe
Anne Kelly, Associate Gallery Director, photo-eye Gallery
Gene Kennedy, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento
Dennis Kiel, Chief Curator, The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Charlotte, NC
Mark Klett, Photographer & Educator,Arizona State University
Stefan Kirkby, Smith Anderson North Gallery
Joanna Lehan, Associate Editor, Books, Aperture Foundation
Joel Leivick, Professor, Art & Art History, Stanford University
Ken Light, Director, Center for Photography, Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism,
Co-founder Fotovision
David Maisel, Photographer & Educator
Michelle Dunn Marsh, Senior Editor, Art+Design, Chronicle Books
Ramekon O'Arwisters, Curator of Exhibitions San Francisco Airport Museums
Ted Orland, Artist, Educator, Author
Erin O’Toole, Assistant Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Darcy Padilla, Photographer & Educator, San Francisco Art Institute
John Priola, Photographer & Educator
Michael Read, Book Packager
Kirsten Rian, Independent Curator & Educator
Doreen Schmid, Editor and Independent Curator
Paul Schiek, Artist, Publisher TBW Books, San Francisco
Thom Sempere, Director, PhotoAlliance
Rebecca Senf , Assistant Curator of Photography, the Center for Creative Photography and the Phoenix Art Museum
Tabitha Soren, San Francisco Camerawork
Meg Shiffler, Director, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
Heather Snider, San Francisco Camerawork
Anne Veh, Art Consultant & Independent Curator
Lewis Watts, Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
Adam L. Weintraub, Blue Earth Alliance, Seattle
Bryan Yedinak, Modernbook Gallery, MB Editions


To insure a high quality experience, a panel of jurors will be pre-screening the entries.

A FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATED CATALOG will be produced as part of the review and is included as part of the tuition fee.

Each participant will have two pages for images and contact information.

Registration is a TWO-STEP process.
1- An initial review of portfolios submitted by CD with $40.00 entry fee.
2- Fifty portfolios will be selected from these submissions for the weekend review.
An additional $495.00 payment is then required for final participation if selected.