Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is pleased to announce the opening of our call for entries for the 23rd PCNW Juried Photography Exhibition, Distinction, with our esteemed Juror, Kris Graves.

Emerging and experienced photographers are invited to submit to this opportunity – single and/or group selections are made by the Juror, Kris Graves, and will result in an exhibition in the PCNW gallery from March 26 – May 3, 2020.

Please note that Distinction is the name of the exhibition and not a theme for the call. However, we do encourage you to enter images that are distinct and will stand out, setting your work apart from others.

Juror Kris Graves is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally. Kris Graves Projects and Gallery, in Brooklyn, NY, collaborates with artists to create limited edition publications and archival prints, focusing on contemporary photography and works on paper.


DEADLINE: Extended to 10:59pm February 9, 2020 (Pacific Time)
FEE: $50 for 5 images, $5 for each additional image up to 5 (10 total)


Distinction exhibition dates: March 26 – May 3, 2020
Opening Reception: March 26, 2020


A list of accepted artists will be posted on this page by late February 2020. Selected artists will be notified by email. Framed work will need to arrive to PCNW in Seattle, WA by Monday, March 16th, 2020. Artists will be responsible for shipping their framed work to and from the gallery.


Work selected by the judge for the juried show will be exhibited at PCNW. All sales of work in the juried show will be conducted by PCNW and PCNW will retain a 50% commission on all work sold. The artist can determine if they wish to sell their work.


To be announced.


You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit, including ownership if applicable. If your image is selected for the juried competition exhibition, you grant PCNW a nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to: Use, in connection with the current Juried Photography Exhibition, your name, city, state and country of residence in PCNW promotions and publications. Use, in connection with the current Juried Photography Exhibition, your image on partner and third party promotions and publications. Keep the files provided, and to archive the images in electronic forms, so that your photos can be used in connection with the current Juried Photography Exhibition. As conditions of this permission, PCNW shall credit all photographs with the caption “C Person’s Name.”


1995 – Duane Michals, Artist
1996 – Joyce Tenneson, Artist
1997 – Jock Sturges, Artist and Trevor Fairbrother, Curator, Seattle Art Museum
1998 – Keith Carter, Artist
1999 – Linda Connor, Artist, Educator
2001 – Chien-Chi Chang, Photographer, Magnum Photos
2002 – Michael Kenna, Artist
2003 – Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator, Museum of Fine Art Houston
2004 – Roy Flukinger, Curator, Harry Ransom Center
2005 – Mary Virginia Swanson, Consultant, Educator, MVS
2006 – Paul Kopeikin, Paul Kopeikin Gallery
2007 – Charlotte Cotton, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
2008 – Rod Slemmons, Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography
2009 – Jen Bekman, Jen Bekman Gallery, 20×200
2010 – Denise Wolff, Editor, Aperture
2011 – Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography
2012 – W.M. Hunt, Collector and Curator
2013 – John A. Bennette, Collector and Curator
2014 – Whitney C. Johnson, Director of Photography, The New Yorker
2015 – Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography, Portland Art Museum
2017 – Sandra Phillips, Curator Emeritus, SF MOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
2018 – Conor Risch, PDN Senior Editor + Lara Behnert, Starbucks Senior Manager, Creative


1995 – James Soe Nyun
1996 – Phil Borges
1997 – Trina Kyounghui Yi-Weston
1998 – Lisa Hohlfeld
1999 – Frank Noelker
2001 – Sarah Oehl
2002 – Nanette Vinson
2003 – (tie) Cat Gwynn and Patricia Sandler
2004 – Dennis Chamberlin
2005 – Peter de Lory
2006 – Joelle Jensen
2007 – Sung Jin Park
2008 – Sally Ketcham
2009 – James Luckett
2010 – Adam Satushek
2011 – Laura Plageman
2012 – Lauren Marsolier
2013 – Tuan Cao
2014 – Alejandra Carles-Tolra
2015 – Meike J. Paniza, Sparks
2017 – Hiroyo Kaneko
2018 – Mark Daughhetee and Kiliii Yuyan