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Intimately expressing oneself 

January-February 2024


photo: Shannon Maltbie-Davis

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for photographers to showcase their talent and creativity through the lens of self-portraiture. Our gallery is seeking captivating and thought-provoking images that explore the theme of self-portraits. This call for entry invites photographers from all backgrounds and levels of experience to submit their most compelling works.


Theme: Self Portraits in Focus


Self-portraits have long been a powerful means of self-expression, allowing artists to delve into their own identities, emotions, and experiences. Through this theme, we encourage photographers to explore the multifaceted nature of self-portraiture, capturing their unique perspectives, narratives, and inner worlds.


Submission Guidelines:


1. Eligibility: This call for entry is open to photographers worldwide over the age of 18, both amateur and professional, who are passionate about self-portraiture.


2. Image Specifications: Please submit digital images in JPEG format with the width being at least 1500 pixels. The maximum file size for each image is 2MB. Ensure that your images are clear, well-composed, and visually engaging. Name your files “YourFirstName-YourLastName_Title.jpeg” (eg. “Jack-Frost_Snowman.jpeg”)


3. Number of Entries: Each photographer may submit up to five (5) self-portrait images for consideration. The non-refundable entry fee is $30.


Important Dates:


- Submissions Open: September 1, 2023

- Submission Deadline: January 10, 2024

- Notification of Acceptance: January 15, 2024

- Exhibition Dates: January 15 - February 28, 2024


Selection Process:


A panel of judges, comprising experienced photographers and art professionals, will carefully review all submissions. The selection will be based on artistic merit, technical proficiency, originality, and adherence to the theme. Selected photographers will be notified via email by January 15, 2024.


Exhibition and Recognition:


The chosen self-portraits will be showcased in a dedicated online exhibition on our gallery’s website, providing a platform for photographers to share their work with a wider audience. Additionally, selected artists will receive recognition through our  social media channels and promotional materials. A short video of the exhibit will be posted to our YouTube channel, and an exhibition catalogue will be made available for sale.

  • A cash award of $300 and one copy of the exhibition catalogue* will be given to the First Place entry and the photographer will be offered a free gallery in the FEATURED section of the website. This winning entry will also be promoted on social media. 

  • The Second Place entry will be given one copy of the exhibition catalogue* and promotion on social media.

  • The Third Place entry will be promoted on social media.


We look forward to receiving your captivating self-portraits and witnessing the unique stories you have to tell through your lens. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of an inspiring exhibition that celebrates the power of self-expression.


For any inquiries or further information, please contact our gallery at


Note: By submitting your work, you agree to grant the gallery non-exclusive rights to display your images for promotional purposes related to the exhibition. All other rights to the images remain with the photographer.

*Recipient must be located in a country or region to which Blurb Books ships. Decagon Gallery takes no responsibility for shipments lost in transit, delayed or damaged.


Submissions are now closed for Self Portraits In Focus
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Submissions are offered to all photographers over the age of 18, anywhere in the world. 

You retain the copyright to your photograph, and if your photo is accepted you agree to allow Decagon Gallery to use it to promote the exhibition and the website.


Your files must be set to 1500 pixels wide, saved as jpg or jpeg, and be less than 2 mb (that's the size of the closed file).

Format your images at 1500 pixels wide, set to 72 ppi. The maximum file size is 2 MB.


Before you upload, name the file like this:

First Name-Last Name_Title.jpg   (eg. Peter-Gore_Tea Service.jpg)


If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at:

You agree to allow Decagon Gallery LLC to use your photo(s), if accepted, in this or another exhibition and for promotion of the exhibition and the gallery, and to include it in a YouTube video limited to this exhibition. You also agree to have your photo(s) reproduced in the exhibition catalogue that will be made available for sale. You attest that you are the proper copyright owner and that you are not infringing on anyone else's rights. Your photo will never be distributed to anyone at all.     

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This is the size of your PRINT, not the size of the JPEG file.

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Thank you! We're looking forward to seeing your photographs.

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