Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is pleased to announce the opening of our call for entries for the 24th PCNW Juried Photography Exhibition, Time Capsule, with our esteemed Juror, Shamim M. Momin, Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Henry Art Gallery.

Time Capsule 

Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future. -Sally Mann 

Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is calling all artists to submit still and moving images to PCNW’s 24th annual juried exhibition, Time Capsule. As humanity continues to face historical reckonings amidst a pandemic, photography plays a critical role in our processing and understanding. PCNW seeks work that reflects this time; work does not have to be made in direct response to current events, but should have a connection to how the artist has utilized photography or film to navigate this extraordinary time.

Has your work and creativity been in direct response or is it helping you get through the days?

What will your message be to your future self and generations?

Work will be selected by juror Shamim M. Momin, Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Henry Art Gallery, for inclusion in an exhibition in the PCNW Gallery; on view June 24 – August 12, 2021. This exhibition will represent a time capsule of an extraordinary time in history. 

Shamim M. Momin is the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Henry Art Gallery. Prior to joining the Henry in 2018, she was director, curator, and co-founder of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a nonprofit public art organization committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects, in Los Angeles and beyond. Previously, Momin served for more than ten years at the Whitney Museum of American Art, co-curating the 2004 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and overseeing the Contemporary Projects series. In her role as Branch Director at Altria, the Whitney’s midtown space, she commissioned more than 50 contemporary projects. In 2020, Henry Art Gallery exhibited In Plain Sight, Shamim’s first large-scale exhibition curated at the Henry.

Emerging and experienced photographers are invited to submit to this opportunity – single and/or group selections are made by the juror and will result in an exhibition in the PCNW gallery from June 24 – August 12, 2021


EXTENDED DEADLINE: Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:59pm (Pacific Time)
FEE: $50 for 5 images, $5 for each additional image up to 5 (10 total)

Please note that if you are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic, please contact Erin at espencer@pcnw.org to receive a 50% discount code.

Your entry fee helps to support our non-profit educational institution dedicated to photography. Money raised through this call will go towards supporting PCNW’s scholarship fund, 20-25 annual free public programs, and continued free public gallery access to all. BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and emerging artists are encouraged to submit to this opportunity; all levels of experience and backgrounds are welcome and considered. 

In our ongoing commitment to supporting artists, PCNW will give 90% to artists for all works sold during this juried exhibition, a 40% increase from our normal 50/50 gallery commission policy. PCNW regularly highlights exhibitions and artists through newsletters, press releases, social media, and web.


Time Capsule exhibition dates: June 24 – August 12, 2021


A list of accepted artists will be posted on this page in mid-May, 2021. Selected artists will be notified by email. Framed work will need to arrive to PCNW in Seattle, WA by June 14th, 2021. 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 10% commission on all work sold. The artist can determine if they wish to sell their work.


1st place = $750 cash

2nd place = $250 cash

People’s Choice Award = Camera gear, PCNW membership, and more!


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
2020 – Kris Graves, photographer and publisher, Kris Graves Projects


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
2020 – Jon Henry