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 scholars, and past Fellowship award winners are not eligible to apply.

Photographers who have previously exhibited at Silver Eye may apply, but the work submitted must creatively push forward the artist's practice in new ways from the previously exhibited work.

Only residents of Pennsylvania or photographs made in Pennsylvania are eligible for the Keystone Award and the Keystone Honorable Mentions.

Selection Criteria Award recipients for the Fellowship Award and Keystone Award will be selected by the Fellowship jurors on the basis of exceptional creativity and distinctive talent as evidenced by the strength of their submitted portfolios. The jurors are especially interested in seeing portfolios with a strong conceptual vision and highly individual, original perspectives.

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be notified in January 2024. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be notified via phone immediately following the decision of the jurors. Non-selected photographers will be notified by email shortly afterwards. Decisions of the jurors are final and binding.

Fellowship Entry Fees

$40 for the submission of 20 images.

You may create multiple entries for different projects.

Exhibition Guidelines
The Fellowship Award Winner and Keystone Prize Winner as well as four Honorable Mentions will have their work exhibited at Silver Eye in late Spring of 2024. The final checklist for the exhibition (including number and size of prints from the submitted portfolio) will be determined in creative collaboration with Silver Eye’s Executive Director and Deputy Director of Programs. 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. The Lab @ Silver Eye can offer limited printing, framing, and other production support to the Winners and Honorable Mentions for the exhibition prints.

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.

Shipping of exhibited prints will be agreed in direct consultation with Silver Eye. In most cases, Silver Eye will support the return shipping of all artworks using Fed-Ex ground.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter?
Go to our online entry form to submit your application. See a sample checklist

What is the deadline for entries?
Deadline for entries is Nov 13, 2023, midnight EST.

Can I submit physical prints?
No, we only accept submissions online. 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.

Will You Waive Fees for Financial Need?
Fees go toward covering our administrative costs for running the competition and presenting the related exhibitions. We can offer a very limited number of need-based waivers. If you can only apply on condition of a waiver, please email Leo Hsu, Executive Director, at leo@silvereye.org.

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

When are the winners announced?
Winners will be announced in January 2024.

Will you print and frame my photographs if I am selected as a winner?
Yes, The Lab @ Silver Eye can offer limited printing, framing, and other production support to the Winners and Honorable Mentions for the exhibition prints.

Will the winning work be for sale in the galley?
Yes, if the artist so requests. Silver Eye retains 40% commission on work sold in relation to the exhibition.

If I have more questions who do I contact?
If you cannot find answers to your other questions here or at the upload site, you can email Leo Hsu, Executive Director, at leo@silvereye.org

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

By submitting your photographs to Fellowship 24 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.