[ Submit to The Fence: 8th Edition! ]

The call for entries The FENCE: 8th Edition is now open

Submit your work by Feb 11 for Early Bird Deadline ($35 entry fee) or March 11 for Regular Deadline ($45 entry fee).


Choose the categories you would like to submit to:

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!

Terms & Conditions

The sponsor of the The FENCE Photo Contest (8th edition) is United Photo Industries Inc ("UPI"), 16 Main Street #B, Brooklyn, New York 11201.

The Contest has an early bird deadline of February 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST (the Early Bird Deadline). The Contest has an regular deadline of March 411 2019 at 11:59 pm PST (the Regular Deadline). If extended, the final deadline (the Final Entry Deadline) will be March 18, 2019 at 11:59PM (PST). All entries must be received by the Final Entry Deadline.

Contest is open to professional and amateur US and international photographers. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. UPI staff, judges, and their families are not eligible to enter the competition. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

Each photo series entry costs $35 if entry is submitted by the Early Bird Deadline (February 11, 2019). After that, each photo series entry costs $45 to submit (through March 11, 2019). International credit cards are accepted. Each photo series entry must consist of no less than 3 and no more than 5 images.

To enter electronically, please visit fence.photoville.com/submit-now/ to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Simply log onto the website and follow the online instructions to upload images from your computer. Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 1,400 pixels. The image should be saved at 72 dpi, however 300 dpi is also acceptable. We can accept images that are up to 4 megabytes. Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed.

  • You may enter any number of entries in any of the categories listed below.
  • No mail-in entry is available for this Contest.
  • Each Entry consists of an entry form, a series of images, and an entry fee.
  • Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph 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.
  • Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud, provided that entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close up of another person's art.
  • If the Photograph includes other people, you must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear in the Photograph submitted, authorizing use of the Photograph as provided below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." If you are unable to provide a personal release, upon request by Sponsor and in the form provided by Sponsor, then your entry may be disqualified. You do not need to send the release with your entry. If you win, we will contact you if a model release is needed.
  • The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain obscene, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.
  • On-line entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Categories are specified on the home page of the The FENCE Photo Contest website.

Prizes are specified on the Prizes page of the The FENCE Photo Contest website.

Contest consists of three (3) rounds of evaluation. In each round, a panel of experts in photography (the "Judges") will each review a portion of the entries and select a group of entries in each Category to proceed to the following round.

Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in expressing the contest theme. Winners will be announced on this web site as well as on social media channels.

Decisions of the Sponsors and Judges are final and binding.

Sponsors reserve the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by Sponsors and Judges in their sole discretion.


  • By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant United Photo Industries and their designees, licensees or affiliates (the "Authorized Parties") the right to reproduce, distribute, display and post the entries online, and in promotions directly related to the 2019 Fence Photo Contest, so that audience members may view all competing entries.
  • By participating, each WINNER grants to the Authorized Parties a non-exclusive license for use of his/her winning entry in connection with the Fence Photo Contest and promotion of the Fence Photo Contest, including but not limited to print or digital publication and public exhibitions showcasing the winners. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.
  • If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Winners authorize United Photo Industries to reproduce, distribute, and display the photograph entry in connection with the The FENCE Photo Contest (8th Edition) and promotion of The FENCE Photo Contest, in any media including but not limited to: publication in The FENCE Photo Contest Web site showcasing the winners, and in exhibits and promotions related to The FENCE Photo Contest.

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless UPI, and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, human errors of any kind, 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 Contest.

This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that Sponsor may use each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return the entry fees.