Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture 2021

The prize of $20,000


Submissions for one of the largest and most prestigious awards in photographic portraiture accepted now.

The prize of $20,000 is awarded annually to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in photographic portraiture. In addition to the winner, the jury selects three finalists each year who are invited to participate in an exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography. The Prize is generously funded by the Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation and proudly administered by Maine Media Workshops + College. The Griffin Museum of Photography hosts the annual exhibition of work by the winner and three finalists each October.

This year, the jury will include: Daniella Zalcman -- a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based in New Orleans -- who is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, a National Geographic Society grantee, and the founder of Women Photograph, a non-profit working to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalist and; Brent Lewis -- a Photo Editor from South Side, Chicago, now based in New York City -- who works at The New York Times, assigning visual coverage of technology, the economy, and auto industry. Additionally, he is the co-founder of Diversify Photo, and; Lisa Volpe is the Associate Curator, Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). At MFAH, she oversees the Anne Tucker and Clint Willour Young Photographers Endowment, the Cherryhurst House Fellowship, and an emerging commission project in addition to a regular schedule of exhibitions and acquisitions. Previously, she held various curatorial roles at the Wichita Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), and fellowships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her current project, Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer, examines the little-known trove of artistic photographs created by O’Keeffe in the latter half of her career.


$20,000 Award, extensive press coverage; and exhibition at Griffin Museum



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Upon request by Maine Media Workshops + College, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed, written, personal release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, authorizing us to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with and promotion of the Arnold Newman Prize, in any media now or hereafter. In addition, upon request by Maine Media Workshops + College, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed, written, license from the copyright owner of any sculpture, artwork, or other copyrighted material that appears in the photograph entry, authorizing us to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph in connection with any promotions of the competition. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.