THE FENCE is an outdoor photography exhibition series with an annual audience of more than 3 million visitors.

The 5th annual edition of THE FENCE is now on view in Boston, Brooklyn, and Santa Fe – with public exhibitions in Houston and Atlanta coming soon! This year, we’re pleased to announce the addition of a $5K cash prize for the Jury’s Choice Winner – which was awarded to photographer Santi Palacios for his project “Coming Ashore”.

Inaugurated in 2012 as a sister initiative to Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park, THE FENCE has rapidly expanded its geographical reach, adding a specially curated exhibit at the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston in 2013, and a third location at the Atlanta BeltLine in 2014. In 2015, THE FENCE expanded to Houston, in partnership with the Houston Center for Photography, and in 2016 we are excited to welcome Santa Fe (New Mexico) to the growing FENCE family.

Each year, photographers of all levels are invited to submit work that fits under one or more of our 6 thematic categories: Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, and Play.

Once submissions are completed, an international jury of photography professionals will be called upon to review and select 40 photographers whose submitted work exemplifies the essence of “community” across cultural boundaries and geographical lines.

The selected projects will be presented in a series of large-scale, curated, outdoor exhibitions across 5 cities in the United States: Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, and Santa Fe.

Over the past 5 years, THE FENCE has consistently attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, giving us an opportunity to share these powerful photographic narratives with a diverse audience of millions of visitors annually, while providing photographers with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities.

THE FENCE was conceived by United Photo Industries and Photo District News in 2011. Over the past 4 years, it has grown and flourished through a series of strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations, which include Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Flash Forward Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the Houston Center for Photography and ASMP New Mexico.

The FENCE at Brooklyn Bridge Park
THE FENCE – Brooklyn Bridge Park

THE FENCE – Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, Boston
THE FENCE – Atlanta BeltLine


United Photo Industries, a NY-based art-presenting organization, brings the photographic community together by presenting photography installations and events in unique locations off-the beaten path where the focus lies in content and is accessible to everyday people from all walks of life.

Launched in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented dozens of public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous agencies and organizations.

Past and present partners include: the NYC Department of Transportation, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Dutch and Namibian Missions to the UN, the NY Department of Parks, the DUMBO BID, the Brooklyn Tourism Company, and numerous arts festivals both domestic and international including the DUMBO Arts Festival (US), the Hamburg Triennial (Germany), the Athens Photo Festival (Greece), the Leiden Photo Festival (Holland), the Shanghai International Photography Festival (China), and the Lishui Photo Festival (China). United Photo Industries is also co-producer of the annual Tokyo International Photography Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

United Photo Industries’ marquee domestic initiative is Photoville – New York City’s premier free photo destination and one of the largest photography events in North America. A modular venue built from repurposed shipping containers, Photoville creates physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact—and for audiences to experience their work. Photoville each year exhibits hundreds of artists, with dozens of exhibitions, talks & workshops, and night-time events in an outdoor beer garden.

For more information about United Photo Industries, visit unitedphotoindustries.com


Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer, has been covering the professional photographic industry for over two decades. Every month, PDN delivers unbiased news and analysis, interviews, and portfolios of the latest photographic work. PDN delivers the information photographers need to survive in a competitive business – from marketing and business advice to legal issues, photographic techniques, new technologies, and more.

PDNonline covers breaking news stories and delivers in-depth features on the photo industry, including interviews and profiles, reports on new products both analog and digital, and information on useful sources for professional photographers. PDNOnline’s photo essays and galleries explore the work of photography’s masters and today’s emerging talent.

For more information about Photo District News, visit pdnonline.com


Brooklyn Bridge Park is a world-class waterfront park with rolling hills, river front promenades, innovative play areas, and stunning views. Located along the Brooklyn waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park is bordered by Atlantic Avenue to the south and Jay Street to the north. The park is being constructed in phases and new sections will be opened to the public as they are completed.

For more information about Brooklyn Bridge Park, visit brooklynbridgeparknyc.org


Flash Forward Festival Boston, an extension of The Magenta Foundation’s successful Flash Forward Annual Competition for Emerging Photographers. Set within the Boston cityscape, the four day festival is based out of the Fairmont Battery Wharf, offering an in-depth experience through organized networking events and educational programming along with curated indoor and outdoor exhibitions.

For more information about Flash Forward Festival, visit flashforwardfestival.com


The Houston Center for Photography is an organization dedicated to the art of photography. Starting in 1981 as a small visual artists’ organization, HCP has grown to become an exemplary fine art organization.

Our exhibition gallery—free to the public—features some of the finest works of contemporary photography. HCP also offers over 300 photography classes and workshops year-round. Varying in competency levels, these classes are all taught by esteemed photographers and lecturers.

HCP’s mission is to increase society’s understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaboration.

For more information about the Houston Center for Photography, visit hcponline.org


Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) strives to make Atlanta a leading center for the world’s fastest growing art form. By producing the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States, we provide experiences that involve and educate diverse audiences through lens-based media.

ACP is the only organization that supports the multiple levels of Greater Atlanta’s photography community, and promotes them locally, nationally and internationally while at the same time bringing the international photography community to Atlanta. Through our annual October festival and year-round programming, ACP seeks to involve anyone who has taken or shared a photograph, to increase accessibility to the arts, interact with the local community and enrich Atlanta’s cultural offerings. The ACP festival transforms studios, galleries, museums and public spaces into a coordinated cultural experience.

For more information about Atlanta Celebrates Photography, visit ACPinfo.org


The largest temporary art project in the history of Atlanta, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine seeks to include visual artists, performers, musicians and historic preservationists; placing working professionals alongside emerging artists, providing a platform for public art and community dialogue. Now in its fifth year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine returns to bring visual art and performance to nearly 8 miles of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. The project draws visitors to the Atlanta BeltLine as a key component of the project, and showcases the continuing progress and success of one of the most transformative revitalization efforts ever undertaken in the southeast. More than 300 muralists, sculptors, and performers, have participated, and the numbers keep growing: with almost 19,000 people accessing our Facebook posts and over 15,700 followers of the Atlanta BeltLine on Twitter.

The Atlanta BeltLine is an emerging system of parks, trails, transit and economic development that reclaims mostly abandoned rail corridors. With an emphasis on public spaces, improved transportation, cultural amenities and revitalizing neighborhoods, it has the potential to redefine the city and make it a better place to live, work and play.

For more information about the Atlanta BeltLine, visit beltline.org


ASMP-NM advocates the highest standards of professional photography, offering programs, seminars and timely news, providing business support to its members, encouraging education and promoting camaraderie in the larger photographic community in New Mexico.

For more information about ASMP New Mexico, visit www.asmp-nm.org


In partnership with the City of Santa Fe, the Railyard Park Conservancy are the conservancy nonprofit providing the specialized horticultural care for the 13-acres of cultivated gardens and unique landscape features in the Railyard Park + Plaza; offers educational community programming; and the Railyard Art Committee juries public art projects for display in the Park.

For more information about the Railyard Park Conservancy, visit www.railyardpark.org/

THE FENCE - Brooklyn
THE FENCE – Brooklyn (2013)