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.

The 91st Annual International Competition Online Exhibition presents portfolios of the 12 finalists and 54 semifinalists chosen by our jurors.

TR Ericsson, Jeanne, 2016, Graphite, resin and funerary ash on muslin, Courtesy Marguerite Steed Hoffman Collection. Photo: Jaimephoto

The 91st Annual International Competition Jurors:
Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York; and Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator, Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
is responsible for modern and contemporary prints and artist books.






Awards + Prizes

  • Solo Exhibition at The Print Center
  • Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
  • New Prize: Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons Circle Purchase Prize
  • Online Exhibition
  • Over $2,000 in other purchase and material prizes

Solo Exhibitions
Three artists will be selected from the 10 Finalists to receive solo exhibitions in spring/summer 2017 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.

Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons Circle Purchase Prize
Selected by the Curatorial Department of the Michener Art Museum, one photograph by an American artist will be accessioned into the Museum’s Permanent Collection with a preference for photography representing the Mid-Atlantic region.

Online Exhibitions
Jurors will select 10 Finalists and approximately 35 Semifinalists for an online exhibition to be mounted on The Print Center's website.

Serena Perrone, Fragments: Revisited, 2014-2017, 28 intaglio etchings with cyanotype with text, A.P. Photo: Jaimephoto


TR EricssonYoonmi Nam and Serena Perrone were selected for Solo Exhibitions, on view at The Print Center May 12 – August 5, 2017.







Past Competitions:  90th89th88th, 87th, 86th

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

Yoonmi Nam, POP CORN!, 2016, Woodblock