Eligibility All U.S. and international amateur and professional photographers, age 18 and older at the time of submission, may apply. Silver Eye staff and their relatives, board members, current interns, and past Fellowship winners are not eligible to apply. Only residents of Pennsylvania or photographs made in Pennsylvania are eligible for the Keystone Award.

Selection Criteria Award recipients for the International and Keystone Awards will be selected by their respective jurors on the basis of exceptional, distinctive talent as evidenced by the strength of their submitted portfolios. The jurors are especially interested in seeing portfolios with a strong narrative thrust and highly individual, original points of view.

Winners will be notified via phone immediately following the decision of the juror. Non-selected photographers will be notified by email shortly thereafter. Decisions of the jurors are final and binding.

Fellowship Entry Fees

General Submissions
$50 one submission of 20 images

Lab @ Silver Eye Member
$10 one submission of 20 images to Fellowship 20

Additional submissions of 20 images to Fellowship 20 are $25 each

Questions about your current level of support or membership status, contact Kate Kelley at kate@silvereye.org.

Exhibition Guidelines
The International Award Winner and Keystone Award Winner will have exhibitions at Silver Eye opening in summer 2020. The final checklist for the exhibition (including number and size of prints from the submitted portfolio) will be determined in direct consultation with Silver Eye’s Executive Director. In some instances, we may decide to omit work originally submitted and substitute other images from the same portfolio or series for the exhibition.

Selected Works
All exhibition prints must be professionally printed, matted (if applicable), framed or mounted.

Silver Eye provides wall-to-wall insurance once the work is on-site. Specific insurance coverage, timetables for delivery/installation/de-installation, and mutual responsibilities will be outlined in a letter of agreement signed by both the artist and Silver Eye Center for Photography.

The artist pays for one-way shipping with an agreed-upon carrier such as FedEx and for expenses related to the packing of the work. Silver Eye Center for Photography will cover return shipping using a price-match of the cost of shipping for initial delivery. Receipts must be submitted by the artist to Silver Eye to verify shipping costs. If the price of return shipping exceeds the price-match, the artist will cover the difference for the cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter?
Go to our Submittable online entry form and create a Submittable account to begin your application.

I Used to Be A Silver Eye Member I don't see that option?
There have been a lot of changes at Silver Eye over the past two years, (we added a lab!,) and we have changed our membership levels to reflect our new programs. We no longer offer Silver Eye membership, but you can still support our programing at various levels and get a number of benefits by becoming a Silver Eye Supporter or you can access our digital lab by applying for Lab @ Silver Eye Membership. You don't need to be a member or supporter to make a submission to Fellowship.

What is the deadline for entries?
Deadline for entries is Monday, October 28th, 2019, 11:59:59 pm.

What are the awards?
International Award: 2019 solo exhibition + $3,000 cash stipend Keystone Award: 2019 solo exhibition + $1,500 cash stipend
Keystone Award is given to an exceptional photographer living or making work in Pennsylvania
Honorable Mentions: Six online solo exhibitions

Can I submit physical prints or CDs?
No, we only accept submissions through Silver Eye’s website. For the best image quality and fast upload, image files must be no larger than 1,500 pixels wide.

Can I change my entry after I have submitted?
No, you can arrange, delete, change, and rearrange your photos or other documents BEFORE you push the SUBMIT button. But once you push the SUBMIT button, the submission cannot be altered.

I am not a professional photographer, do I have a chance to win?
Of course! We welcome great work from artists at every career level, whether you’re a talented beginner or a seasoned professional. However, please bear in mind the judging criteria as you plan your submission and that the competition is keen for these prestigious awards. Last year we received over 200 entries from across the world. To qualify to enter the competition, you must also be over 18 years of age at the time of your submission.

How can I become A Lab @ Silver Eye Member?
You can learn more about Lab @ Silver Eye Membership here.

Will You Waive Fees for Students/Seniors/Financial Need?
Unfortunately no. We cannot waive fees under any circumstances. Fees go toward covering our administrative costs for running the competition and presenting the related exhibitions.

Can I Submit Multiple Entries?
Yes. You can submit as many times as you like, after your first submission additional submissions of twenty images are $25 each.

Can I Have a Refund on My Entry Fee?
No. Entry fees are non-refundable.

When are the winners announced?
Judging will be completed shortly after the close of submissions. Winners will be notified and announced upon selection from the jurors in November.

Will you print and frame my photographs if I am selected as a winner?
Yes, the Lab @ Silver Eye can print, frame, and offer other production support to the winners.

Will the winning work be for sale in the galley?
Yes, we can if the artist so requests. Silver Eye retains 50% commission on work sold during the exhibition.

If I Have more questions who do I contact?
For technical questions related to uploading your photos and credit card payments, please contact Submittable. If you cannot find answers to your other questions here or at the upload site, you can email us at info@silvereye.org.

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

By submitting your photographs to Fellowship 20, you represent, acknowledge, covenant, and warrant that the submitted photographs are an original work created solely by you, that the content does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.

You release Silver Eye Center for Photography and its agents, principals, board members, employees or contractors from any liability regarding the display of work that you have submitted to them, including any liability for redisplay by individuals making copies of the display made by Silver Eye Center for Photography.

Silver Eye Center for Photography is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any computer, online system, servers or providers, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any combination thereof on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this competition.

This competition is void where prohibited. It is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. If Silver Eye Center for Photography determines the submission to not be an original, or if a submission is illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft, the submission will be voided without return fees.

If you are an Award/Prize Winner or receive a commendation, you hereby grant Silver Eye Center for Photography the right to use your name, likeness, and images in any publicity or advertising relating to the competition or future promotions without compensation or approval. You retain copyright of images, and proper credit lines will be attributed to each entrant when used in any publicity of Silver Eye Center for Photography.