The Print Center’s ANNUAL International Competition is one of the most prestigious and oldest competitions in the United States. The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting local, national and international artists who utilize photography and printmaking in intriguing ways, both in content and process. Artists who use printmaking and/or photography as critical components of their work, or whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic and printmaking practices, are encouraged to enter.

- Three Solo Exhibitions at The Print Center

- Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award

- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award

- Jacqueline L. Zemel Prize for Printmaking

- Awagami Paper Award

- Two-year Print Center Gallery Store contract

- Online Exhibition

- Over $2,000 in other purchase and material prizes

Solo Exhibitions
Three artists are selected from the Finalists to receive solo exhibitions at The Print Center, Philadelphia.

Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
Selected by the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one work will be accessioned into the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Permanent Collection.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award
Selected by Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art.

Online Exhibitions
Jurors select Finalists and Semifinalists for an online exhibition which is mounted on The Print Center's website.

We asked previous award winners three questions about their experience with the ANNUAL

 

95th ANNUAL International Competition

NEW DEADLINE! JUNE 30, 2020, 11:59pm (EST)
The Print Center is very pleased to announce the 95th ANNUAL International Competition juried by David Campany and Larissa Goldston. Campany is Managing Director of Programs at the International Center of Photography, New York and Curator of the 2020 Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie in Germany. Goldston is Director of Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), the renowned fine art print publisher in New York.

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94th ANNUAL International Competition

We are pleased to launch the Online Exhibition, which presents portfolios of works from 10 Finalists and 25 Semifinalists selected from the 512 international artists who submitted. This is a selection of the finest international contemporary work using photography and printmaking in intriguing ways, both in content and process, as critical components. The jurors for the 94th ANNUAL were Charlotte Cotton and Gretchen Wagner. Congratulations to all of the artists and thank you to everyone who applied!

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Selected from the 93rd ANNUAL International Competition: Installation view, Jason Urban & Leslie Mutchler: Long Lost Friend, 2019, Photo: Jaime Alvarez
Selected from the 93rd ANNUAL International Competition: Rafael Soldi, Imagined Futures (detail), 2018

 

 

Past Competitions: 93rd, 92nd91st, 90th89th88th, 87th, 86th

Information on competitions before 2012 can be found here, and can be searched by year.