Shutters, 2022 National Competition Winner
© JoAnn Chaus

Elizabeth Ellenwood
© Mercedes Jelinek

Soho Photo Gallery is pleased to announce its 28th 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 in our gallery from July 12 to July 30 2023.

The juror, Elizabeth Ellenwood will choose approximately 40 photographs for the exhibition. Cash prizes for first, second and third 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 May 30, 2023. The juror’s selections will also be posted on the Soho Photo website.

Elizabeth Ellenwood is a Fulbright Scholar, photographer, and ocean farmhand currently residing in Pawcatuck, CT. She blends her reverence for the ocean with her background in photography to create visuals that bring attention to ocean pollution and climate change. She spent 2021 in Norway, collaborating with scientists and creating a self-published book which highlights their research dedicated to plastic pollution. Elizabeth’s photographs have been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at the Danforth Museum of Art, Photographer’s Eye Collective, Candela Gallery, Cyan Studio and Newport Art Museum. She holds a BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Elizabeth’s work experience spans from a darkroom technician, photography editor and coordinator, and documentary photographer.

Upload jpeg digital images at Files must be no larger than 1220 pixels (longest dimension) at 72 dpi. The competition is open to all photographers age 18 years old or older, who are residents of the United States, excluding members of Soho Photo Gallery.

1-7 images $50, 8-15 images $75

The awards include cash prizes from Soho Photo Gallery for 1st ($300), 2nd ($200), and 3rd place ($100). There will also be a maximum of four Honorable Mentions, and special gifts from our sponsors. The sponsor for this year’s Competition is Archival Methods, Inc.

Photographs must be suitably prepared for gallery presentation or will not be accepted. Maximum height or width (including frame) of exhibited work should not exceed 48 inches. Packing and delivery instructions will be emailed to participants. Printing, mounting and framing of each piece must be gallery quality. All accepted works must wired, or otherwise ready for hanging. Soho Photo Gallery reserves the right to publish the winning photographs on our website and social media. Copyright retained by the photographer.

The Gallery’s commission for the sale of prints is 30%.
Although we will make reasonable efforts to protect your work while it is in our possession, we are not legally responsible for it. Consider insuring your work for the time it is in the gallery.

The Gallery was established in 1971 by a group of New York Times photojournalists and avant-garde photographers. Membership is determined on the basis of portfolio review. Please visit our website for details:
QUESTIONS:  Contact Joel Morgovsky, Chairman, SPG 2023 National Competition using the contact form below.

Deadline for submission extended to: May 21, 2023
Notification: May 30, 2023
Accepted Work Due At the Gallery: June 30, 2023
Exhibition: July 12, – July 29, 2023
Opening Reception: July 13, 2023
Pick Up Work: Sunday, July 30, 2023

Links to Recent National Competitions:

2022 National Competition

2021  National Competition
2020 National Competition



Joel Morgovsky

Joel Morgovsky

Chairman, National Competition