Call for Entry

Gwinnett County Public Library invites photographers to submit to the GCPL Photo Annual. Selected photographers will have their work exhibited at our beautiful Duluth branch and published in a handmade exhibition guide during the month of October. Additionally, selected entries may be displayed at our Norcross or Grayson Branch and, optionally, on a virtual web exhibit. This year’s theme is “Fortitude.”

Juror:

This year’s entries are juried by Makeda Lewis. She is an artist, emerging independent curator, and program coordinator living and working out of Atlanta. She has been the Program and Outreach Coordinator for the Atlanta Center for Photography for the past 2.5 years. She has curated for MINT Gallery, Dashboard, and Swan Coach House Gallery and exhibited her work across the southeast.

Theme:

Tap into the strength of your creative mind and discover what empowers you with Fortitude. We are looking for broad interpretations of the theme, including fictional narratives, emotional landscapes, literal translations, altered timelines, alternative processes, and more. 

Any photographic, lens, or light-based images are welcome for entry, including staged scenes, manipulated images, mixed media, alternative processes, or anything you can imagine. For submission, the work needs to result in a digital file that can be submitted and printed on large format vinyl for public installation. We will not accept submissions created using AI-prompt. Please note that artwork cannot contain nudity, drug use, or violence.

Submission Guidelines: 

  • This exhibition is free to enter and open to anyone creating photographic images.
  • Submissions open on July 3, 2024, and close on August 9, 2024.
  • Each entrant can submit up to 3 images.
  • Images must be jpegs, 1500px on the longest side, sRBG color space.
  • Name your files using the naming convention: Lastname_Firstname_Title_Entry#.jpg
  • Submissions are collected through Google Forms.
  • Once you submit the form, you should receive a confirmation email.
  • Accepted photographers will be notified on or around September 13th, 2024.

Important Dates: 

  • Wednesday, July 3, 2024: Entries open for all submissions
  • Friday, August 9, 2024: Entries close
  • Friday, September 13, 2024: Accepted artist notified
  • Friday, September 20, 2024: Print files due from accepted artists
  • Saturday, October 12, 2024: Exhibition Opening / Juror Talk
  • Friday, November 15, 2024: Show closes

Public Exhibition and Guide: 

  • Accepted images will be printed on large format vinyl and installed at the Duluth Branch.
  • Six of our selected images from Gwinnett County Residents will also be installed at our Norcross and Grayson Branches.
  • Images will also be published in an exhibition guide that will be available at the exhibition opening. Several copies will be placed in the GCPL collection.
  • Artists who agree will also have their work exhibited in an online exhibition, where they can add content by briefly describing their images.
  • Artists retain copyright to their images. GCPL reserves the right to use accepted images for purposes related only to the Photo Annual, including promotion, the exhibition, and the exhibition guide.

Submitting an Entry: 

Find more information and access the entry form here:

Library Resources at GCPL for Photographers: 

The Gwinnett County Public Library has Learning Labs with many free resources to help photographers, including mirrorless digital cameras, iMac stations with Creative Suite, studio lights, and more. Access to our Learning Labs is free with a library card. Out-of-county patrons can purchase a full-access library card for $40 a year.

Learning Lab Specialists are also on staff to help! Book-a-Librarian or Book an appointment to use the labs at www.gwinnettpl.org/learninglabs/

Have a question? Send us an email at learninglabs@gwinnettpl.org