Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is The FENCE?

The FENCE is a series of large-scale photography exhibitions printed on vinyl mesh and installed outdoors in 8 cities across North America: Boston, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Sarasota, Seattle, and Calgary (Canada). Each exhibition is on public view for a minimum of 3 months in areas with massive pedestrian traffic, ensuring an unprecedented audience for your work.

Do I have to submit for each city separately?

No. All submissions are automatically considered for all exhibitions, across all participating cities, at no additional cost!

Is this competition open to photographers worldwide?

The FENCE is open to all photographers around the world, except where prohibited by law. Photographers must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.

What types of images can I submit?

All types of photographic work are accepted and encouraged.

What size and format should my digital images be?

Digital images should be JPEG files saved with max quality compression with a long dimension of at least 1,500 pixels at 72 dpi with either Adobe1998, or sRGB color space. Black and White images can also be submitted in Greyscale color space.

If selected, you will be asked to submit high resolution image files for printing, measuring at least 3,200 pixels in height – either as JPEG or TIFF files.

What are the Regional Artist Showcase FENCE exhibitions – and how are they different than The FENCE?

In addition to the 8 national FENCE exhibitions, we are excited to offer 3 additional opportunities for photographers from the following regions:

    • Artists who live or work in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, or Connecticut, will be automatically considered for a special regional showcase as part of the Flashpoint Festival.
    • Artists who live or work along the Gulf Coast of Florida (Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, and Monroe counties) will be automatically considered for a special regional showcase.
    • Artists who live or work in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, or Yukon Territory (Canada), will be automatically considered for a special regional showcase by the Exposure Photo Festival in Calgary, AB.
I am a resident of New England / Gulf Coast of Florida / Western Canada. How do I submit to the Regional Artist Showcase exhibitions?

All you have to do is check the appropriate box when submitting your work to The FENCE and you’ll automatically be considered for the appropriate regional artist showcase exhibitions based on your geographic location, in addition to all the national exhibitions!

What is the deadline to submit my work for The FENCE 2019?

All work must be submitted no later than Monday, March 11, 2019 at 11:59PM (Pacific Daylight Time) in order to be considered for The FENCE 2019. There is also an early bird deadline on February 11, 2019 at 11:59PM (Pacific Daylight Time).

Is there an entry fee for submitting my work for consideration?

Yes. The entry fee for submitting an image series before the Early Bird Deadline (February 11) is $35. The entry fee for submitting an image series by the Regular Deadline (March 11) is $45. All image series submitted will be automatically considered for all 2019 FENCE exhibitions (Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Sarasota, Seattle, and Calgary) – and the appropriate regional artist showcase exhibition based on artist location (New England, Gulf Coast of Florida, Western Canada).

Why is there an entry fee?

The entry fees allow us to cover the direct costs of organizing The FENCE exhibitions – including design, printing, installation, maintenance, and liability insurance costs.

Besides the entry fee, are there any expenses winning artists will have to pay?

No. We will cover the full cost of production, installation, and maintenance of all FENCE exhibitions.

What if I cannot afford the submission fee?

Submission fee waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for photographers without access to credit cards or for whom the $35/$45 entry fee would be prohibitive. To apply, you must fill out this application form (by following this link).

A member of our team will be in touch after receiving your application with instructions to complete your submission.

What is a photo series?

A photo series is comprised of three to five images that share a thematic connection or tell a story.

Can I enter single images if they fit the theme?

Unfortunately, no. At this time, we are only accepting submission of photo series.

Is there a limit to the number of series that I can enter?

No. You may enter the competition as many times as you like.

Can I enter the same series in more than one category?

Yes. If the series fits thematically in more than one category, you may submit it for consideration in additional categories.

Can I enter multiple series into one category?

Yes, you may enter multiple series into the same category and each will be considered independently of each other.

What is the role of The FENCE partners?

The FENCE is supported – in kind – by a number of organizations that believe in the power and importance of public art exhibits. Sponsors of The FENCE provide material support in the form of prizes and publicity for participating photographers.

Are there any restriction to the types of images I can submit?

When preparing your submission, please keep in mind that The FENCE is an outdoor exhibition that is open to visitors of all ages. Certain images containing scenes of a graphic nature (such as explicit nudity, sexual acts, or violence) may not be appropriate for our younger audience members. Please use your best judgement when submitting work for consideration.

Are there restrictions on submitting older work?

No. Photographers are welcome to submit work from any era in their career, as long as the series fits one or more of the submission categories.

Do I need a model release to submit my photographs to The FENCE?

Most likely not. However, there are a number of questions to consider when deciding whether a model release is necessary, including the specific circumstances the image was captured, and what country it was taken in. To learn more about model release requirements, please visit this helpful ASMP Tutorial page.

Where will The FENCE be presented?

For the 8th edition of The FENCE, there will be exhibitions in the following cities:

  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Houston, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Calgary, Canada
Will my images be sold?

No. You retain copyright to your photograph and your photos will not be sold or used for commercial purposes. All entries may be posted online so that viewers may view and vote on all competing entries. Winning entries may be used in exhibitions and promotions directly related to The FENCE competition.

My photos have been awarded in other competitions – can I still submit them?

Yes. There is no restriction to submitting work that has been part of other photo competitions.

Can I pay by check or cash?

No. Unfortunately, we can only accept payments via credit card at this time.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be selected on or about June 1, 2019 and notified by email shortly thereafter. The list of participating photographers will be posted on this website no later than June 17, 2019.

When will The FENCE be unveiled?

The Brooklyn FENCE will be unveiled in June, and Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Sarasota, Seattle, and Calgary FENCE exhibitions will follow in the coming months. For more detailed information, please visit our Host Cities page. An announcement with the exact times and dates for each city will be made in the summer.

Got a question not covered by this FAQ?

Get in touch with a member of our team via email here – and we’ll be more than happy to answer your questions!

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