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 Print Center has a strong history of welcoming artists, audiences and participants of diverse backgrounds, races, religions, sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities and/or expressions. The Print Center values diversity in staffing, leadership, programming and the range of communities with which we engage. We are committed to the ongoing work of upholding these values and believe removing barriers to inclusion is critical to the future of our society. We support and seek to give voice and visibility to emerging and established artists of all races, ages, sexual orientations, genders and gender identities and/or expressions. We welcome and encourage the participation of individuals of all backgrounds who are inspired by our shared purpose. We honor the power of photography and print to raise and amplify a multiplicity of voices. We are committed to fostering that power to advocate for change as well as supporting artists working for equity and justice in our exhibitions and programs.

- Three Solo Exhibitions at The Print Center
- Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award
- The Art Museum of West Virginia Purchase Award
- Callan/McNamara Award
- Fish/Pearce Award
- Jacqueline L. Zemel Prize for Printmaking
- Awagami Paper Award
- Stockbridge Fine Art Print Award
- Two-year Print Center Gallery Store contract
- Online Portfolio Exhibition
- Over $2,000 in other purchase and material prizes

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

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

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award
Selected by the curatorial staff, selected work will be accessioned into the Museum’s permanent collection.

The Art Museum of West Virginia Purchase Award
Selected by Robert Bridges, curator, work will be accessioned into the Art Museum’s collection through the Beth and Joe Hestick Acquisitions Fund.

Online Portfolios
The Print Center will mount an online portfolio exhibition for Semifinalists and Finalists, including up to five images, biographical information and artist statements. Finalists can present an additional 5 images for inclusion (up to 10).

 

97th ANNUAL International Competition

We are thrilled to announce our renowned colleagues, Dr. Makeda Best and Curlee Raven Holton as jurors for the 97th ANNUAL.

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2022, 11:59pm (ET)

 

96th ANNUAL International Competition

We are pleased to share the Online Portfolio Exhibition, which presents the work of the 10 Finalists and 25 Semifinalists, selected by jurors Ana Casas Broda and Dr. Kelli Morgan

 

Past Competitions: 95th, 94th, 93rd, 92nd91st, 90th89th88th, 87th, 86th

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