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3 Ways to Get Your Photos Recognized at DCP

Sharing your photographic work can be rewarding and interesting to others. Each image captures a frozen moment in time that can never be repeated. Sometimes these images are personal, other times they capture the beauty of the world around us or can be a record of current events. You may find something you relate to in someone else’s image or it may be a peek into a world you never would have access to otherwise. DCP supports the photographic community by providing 3 ways to recognize work from photographers at all skill levels.

The DCP Member and Alumni Facebook page

We created this group as a supportive place to share images with others in the DCP community. Once a month there is an informal contest based on a changing theme. The winning image is highlighted as the group’s cover photo for the month. To enter, look for the announcements tab and post your image as a reply to the announcement. The photo with the most number of likes will be the winner for the month and gets to choose the next month’s theme. Post as many times as you like! This Facebook group is limited to members and alumni of DCP classes, events, and exhibitions.

Instagram contests

Several times a year DCP runs a photo contest on Instagram around a particular theme. The DCP staff selects 10 finalists and the Instagram community votes for the top 3 winning images. Prizes vary for each contest. These images are displayed in a gallery on the DCP website under exhibitions as well as promoted across social media. Look for Instagram contests announcements in DCP newsletters and social media. To enter, post to your Instagram account with the contest hashtag and mention @dallascenterforphotography. You don’t have to be a member to enter and are welcome to submit up to 3 images per contest.

Calls for entry

These are formal contests juried by a professional photographer and provides the most exposure for your images. Calls for entry can have a defined theme or be open-themed and typically have monetary awards for the top 3 winners. Entries are submitted through Smarter Entry and a fee for submission is required but discounts are available for DCP members. All images selected for the exhibition are hung in the DCP gallery for approximately 2 weeks. There is a gallery opening for the show where the community can view the photographs and meet the photographers. There is nothing like seeing your printed image hung in a gallery and discussing it with other art lovers! Winning images and honorable mentions are promoted across DCP social media, newsletters, and on the website. Most calls are open to everyone with the exception of a limited number of member only shows. Keep an eye on the DCP website, newsletter, and social media for announcements on upcoming calls.

Dallas Center for Photography members exhibition and open house, February 2020

We hope all photographers from hobbyists to professionals consider one or all of these ways to get your photography shared with a larger audience.

Preview of the DMA’s Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl

 

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This morning I had the pleasure of attending Dallas Museum of Art’s Press Preview for Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a scanner artist but it was close enough to photography that I wanted to know more.

Stahl uses a flatbed scanner to create large format images of items such as food, magazine clippings and trash. The results are fascinating and have a very tactile quality. I really enjoyed her image titled Identity which consisted of a Coca-Cola can, flowers, Lucie’s hands and some unknown liquid. Her method of coating the print in resin made it seem as though the strange red liquid was going to drip right off the wall onto the gallery floor. According to the DMA, “Stahl’s work plays with the notion of liquidity in its many forms – from finance to bodily fluids to the malleability of gender, identity, and images.”

Lucie Stahl Identity, 2015 Inkjet print, aluminum, epoxy resin

Lucie Stahl
Identity, 2015
Inkjet print, aluminum, epoxy resin

Creating art using scanners is actually a really fun and easy thing to do. The images you create can be blown up to huge proportions and are still very sharp. You can use flowers, household objects or even faces. Here’s a helpful how-to on scannography.

Even if you’re not ready to start scanning I certainly recommend checking out Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl. The exhibit opens Friday, September 16, 2016 and runs until March 12, 2017. Admission is free. Visit the DMA website for complete details.