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