Do I have to be a professional photographer to participate in the Portfolio Reviews?
No. The portfolio reviews are for anyone who is serious about photography. It is not a requirement to be a professional who earns income from their practice, or to have studied visual art. Participants go through a selection process to ensure a high calibre of work is presented in the program.
How should I decide which images to submit?
We suggest focusing on only one or two bodies of work, rather than a group of disparate images, to ensure you are showing your strongest work and to allow reviewers to gain a deeper understanding of your project. The work that you submit for the jury process does not have to be the same work you want to present to reviewers during the event.
What will happen on the portfolio review days?
The reviews will take place over two days at the Gladstone Hotel. You will receive a schedule indicating what times you will meet with reviewers. Each session is 20 minutes long. There will be an area for participants to wait and quietly prepare for reviews, as well as a secure storage room for your portfolio materials that you can make use of.
Before your first review, you will have to sign in. You can come and go during the day, but you should be at the Gladstone at least 15 minutes in advance of your review. If you are late, you forfeit your time slot.
Will I be able to choose the reviewers that I meet with?
When you register, you will be asked to indicate which reviewers you are most interested in meeting. We use a computer-generated lottery to create the schedule, which gives all participants a fair and equal opportunity to meet with their preferred reviewers. We cannot guarantee you will meet all your preferred reviewers, but due to the number of available slots, most people will see their top selections.
When will I get my schedule for the Portfolio Reviews?
Schedules will be sent out as soon as they are ready, around a week before the event. It is a good idea to allow yourself plenty of time to dedicate to the portfolio reviews, and not make too many other commitments on that weekend.
How can I know which reviewers I should meet with?
Each reviewer has a distinct set of experiences that inform their opinions, as well as different roles that they play in their relationship to photography and photographers, such as curating, publishing, or magazine work.
We encourage participants to take the time to research which reviewers will be interested in viewing their work, or which reviewers' opinions they are most interested in.
How should I present my work to the reviewers?
There is no particular rule for how to present your work. The review rooms will be set up with 6-ft-long tables on which to lay out your work, so with that mind, you can use whichever format would most benefit your work. Participants have used a range of formats, from traditional portfolio boxes with mounted or unmounted prints, to self-published books, to laptop or tablet computer presentations. It depends on what works for you and for your project. In general, loose prints (11x14" is a nice, manageable size) in a protective case or box, is an effective, professional way to display your work.
You may also wish to bring your business cards, a postcard or flyer to leave with reviewers, and a notebook to take notes on your conversations.
How should I prepare for the Portfolio Review days?
Think about your goals for the portfolio reviews—whether it is a specific question you want addressed, or a diversity of opinions on work in progress, or a connection you want to make. Having specific questions relevant to your reviewers’ area of expertise is a good idea.
If you've never done a portfolio review before, you may want to practice with a friend, to help you get comfortable presenting your work in a focused and concise way. This can help you to devote more of the session to receiving feedback, making the most of your time with the reviewers.
I’m only available on one of the two days. Can I still participate?
If you have scheduling conflicts, you can still participate; however, we may not be able to accommodate your reviewer choices. If this is the case, please let us know as soon as possible. You will still receive the same number of review sessions, but they might not be with your top choices.