Temptation of Nasir ©Kahdeem Prosper Jefferson
2020 National Competition First Place Winner

Shawn Theodore

Soho Photo Gallery is pleased to announce its 26th National Competition. The gallery, located in lower Manhattan, is New York City’s longest-running co-operative photography gallery. All photo-based works are eligible, with no limitation as to subject matter or technique. All selected photographs will be exhibited online, on the gallery’s website, from August 13 – September 5, 2021.

About The Competition
The juror, Shawn Theodore will choose approximately 40 photographs for the exhibition. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded and up to four honorable mentions will be given as well. The photographers chosen, as well as the award winners, will be notified by email on or about July 8, 2021. This year, in the wake of COVID,  the National Competition will be online-only and prominently displayed on the Soho Photo website. There will be a Zoom artist’s reception with the juror where all artists will be able to present their winning work.

Shawn Theodore is an award-winning photographer whose work opens broad conversations regarding the role of the photographer in the shaping of agency and imagery, engages in new forms of storytelling, and impacts the trajectory of the collective black consciousness.

Theodore has participated in exhibitions throughout the country including the African American Museum in Philadelphia (2017, 2018), The Barnes Foundation (2017, 2018, 2019), Steven Kasher Gallery (2018) and AIPAD (2018, 2019). His commercial projects include works for Apple, Smithsonian Magazine, The Atlantic, The New York Times and othersssTheodore was awarded the prestigious PDN’s 30 New & Emerging Photographers to Watch (2019), the Getty Images / ARRAY ‘Where We Stand(2018) grant, and a grant from the Knight Foundation for ‘A Dream Deferred(2018). 

Upload jpeg digital images using the Enter button. Files must be no larger than 1220 pixels (longest dimension) at 72 dpi. Name the files with this protocol: Lastname_01_Title.jpg. 

The competition is open to all photographers age 18 years or older, who are residents of the United States, excluding members of Soho Photo Gallery.

1-7 images $50.00; 8-15 images $75.00

The awards include cash prizes from Soho Photo Gallery for 1st ($300.00), 2nd ($200.00), and 3rd place ($100.00). There will also be a maximum of four Honorable Mentions, and special gifts from our sponsors. The sponsors for this year’s Competition are Archival Methods, Inc and Frame Destination.

Winning Photographs
Winners of the Competition will receive special instructions for proper file sizes and naming protocols for the exhibition. 

Commission and Insurance
The Gallery’s commission for the sale of prints during the exhibition is 30%. 

Contact Joel Morgovsky, using the form below.

Important Dates
Deadline for Submission: June 24, 2021
Notification: July 9, 2021
Accepted Work Submitted Digitally: July 20, 2021
Exhibition: August 13 – September 5, 2021


Links to Recent Past National Competitions:

2020 National Competition

2019 National Competition

2018 National Competition



Joel Morgovsky

Joel Morgovsky

Chairman, National Competition