Destiny Solutions Opens Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

Leading technology firm offers two $2,500 scholarships for adult students

Destiny Solutions, the leading innovator of lifelong learning business solutions, announced that applications are being accepted for the annual Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship.

Named in honor of the late Director of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mary Cone Barrie, the scholarship is awarded annually to two non-traditional students.

“A trusted friend and mentor, Mary tirelessly championed the lifelong learner and always supported non-traditional education. Devoted to her students, staff and instructors she went above and beyond to ensure the success of non-traditional education,” said Shaul Kuper, President and CEO of Destiny Solutions. “It is our hope that by helping students succeed with the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship, her legacy is carried forward.”

Although 75 percent of America’s college students are non-traditional, there are a very limited number of scholarship opportunities for this group. Destiny Solutions is working towards change, by offering two awards of $2,500 each to two qualified lifelong learners.

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship is open to any non-traditional learner studying at an accredited institution in the United States or Canada.

Applications can be found on the Destiny Solutions website, and are due back by June 29, 2012. The scholarship will be awarded in late August.

For last year’s winners, the scholarship proved a significant aid in achieving their goals:

Joseph Puhak, a detective from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina enrolled in a Bachelor of Science criminal justice program at Western Carolina University, made sure to express the importance of the scholarship.

“Through a recent promotion with added stressors and responsibility, I started to feel the effects of a career and learning burnout. Since I found out about the scholarship, my enthusiasm is much higher and I have found a new level of motivation,” he said. “Again, I thank Destiny Solutions and the Barrie Family. I have no choice but to repay both parties with good grades and my heartfelt pursuit of success.”

The other winner, Asta Becker from Charlotte, North Carolina, echoed his sentiments.

“I always wanted more; it’s just that at the beginning I didn’t know how to get there. I went step by step until I found out that education would let me take the path I wanted. Thank you very much for the scholarship. It’s still hard to believe I won,” said Becker, a student in the Bachelor of Commerce program at Pfeiffer University.

To read about why the scholarship is named in Dr. Barrie’s honor, please visit

To download a scholarship application, please visit

About Destiny Solutions

Destiny Solutions is the leading innovator of lifelong learning business solutions. Since 2001, Destiny Solutions has delivered breakthrough technology designed exclusively to meet the divergent needs of non-traditional higher education. Our flagship product, Destiny One™, transforms traditional administrative systems so educators can grow revenue, enhance student experience and success, and improve operational efficiency.

Photographic Workshops + Semi-Annual Photo Contest

Be Honored by Leaders in the Photographic Community … And Win the Workshop of Your Choice!

The portrait. Environmental, studio, candid or posed. Self or pet, color, black-and-white, alternative process or iPhone. No matter what the genre, there’s a power in a well-captured portrait, a sense of breath and life. A portrait can comfort us, unnerve us, cause us to smile, or move us to tears. Whatever the emotional response, portraits possess the capacity to connect us all through shared encounters.

This contest is an opportunity to pause and review your photography, then join an international community of photographers and share your portraits with distinguished judges. The winning images will be featured on Aline Smithson’s Lenscratch blogzine, and the prizes are great. The Grand Prize alone is worth over $5,000!

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The contest is privileged to have such an esteemed panel of jurors to view the entries and select the contest winners.
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Amber Terranova, Photo Editor, Photo District News (PDN)

Aline Smithson, Photographer, Founder/Editor of Lenscratch blogzine

Andrew Smith, Owner/Director, Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc.

Reid Callanan, Director, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

The Workshops is grateful to our educational partners and sponsors who have contributed to an impressive prize list with a total value of over $15,500. Entrants have the opportunity to win one Grand Prize, one Second Prize, one Third Prize, or one of 46 Honorable Mentions. Entrants who are alumni are eligible to win one Workshops Director’s Award.
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1) Grand Prize

  • The workshop of your choice in Santa Fe including tuition, fees, meals and housing at the Residence Inn by Marriott
  • Gitzo Leveling 3S G-Lock GT2531LVL Tripod and Mag Centre Quick Release GH2780QR Ball Head
  • Chimera Strobist Octa Beauty Kit
  • VisualServer Website Standard Account for One Year
  • A&I Studios, Epson Archival Pigment Print, up to 16×20″
  • Lumiquest Ready for Anything Kit
  • Aperture Magazine, One Year Subscription

2) Second Prize

  • Santa Fe Photographic Workshops $500 gift certificate
  • Dynalite RP400 W/S Power Pack and a RH1050 Flash Head
  • Nikon COOLPIX S6300 Digital Camera
  • Lumiquest Location Portrait/Children Kit
  • Aperture Magazine, One Year Subscription

3) Third Prize

  • Santa Fe Photographic Workshops $250 gift certificate
  • Bron Imaging California Sunbounce Micro Mini with Flash Bracket
  • Think Tank Photo’s Shape Shifter Back Pack
  • Lumiquest Strobist Kit
  • Aperture Magazine, One Year Subscription

4) The Workshops Director’s Award

  • The workshop of your choice in Santa Fe including tuition, fees, and meals
  • Calumet Genesis 300B with Power Port Battery System
  • Wacom Intuos4 Medium + Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Bundle
  • Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter
  • Lumiquest Special Effects Kit
  • Aperture Magazine, One Year Subscription

5) Honorable Mention

  • The Inspirational Series from Santa Fe Photographic Workshops—a 2-disc DVD set of words and images from Sam Abell, Keith Carter, Tony O’Brien, Joyce Tenneson, Nevada Wier, John Paul Caponigro, Jay Maisel, Joe McNally, Elizabeth Opalenik, and Eddie Soloway
  • A copy of PORTRAITS, the 50 winning Contest photographs in an A&I Studios soft cover book.

Get inspired! Review the 50 winners of SUMMER, LIGHT, and FAMILY.

2012 Student Photo Contest Winners

National Geographic Student Expeditions announced late last week that more than 1,800 photos were submitted to the National Geographic Student Expeditions Photo Contest. Students were asked to submit a photograph that captures the spirit of exploration and discovery, accompanied by a written description of the “moment” captured and how it reflects what exploration means to them.

Of the 1,800‐plus entries that were submitted, the judges arrived at 28 finalist entries, then selected a grand-prize winner, a second place winner and a third place winner. The grand-prize winner will travel to London this summer to participate in the National Geographic Student Expeditions London Photography Workshop. See more about the prizes.

The winner and finalist images and descriptions below represent a rich story of exploration through the eyes and lenses of high school students across the country. We congratulate each of the finalists on their outstanding work! Check out the winners and finalists, choose your own faves, then share them with family and friends.

Student photographers looking to further develop their photography skills can choose Photography as an On Assignment project on any of our summer travel programs for high school students. Learn More.

Grand Prize Winner

Coyote Curled at Sunset

Photo and description by Timothy Brooks

With a strong vision and sense of smell, and the ability to reach up to forty miles per hour, coyotes are symbolic of adventure. I was fortunate enough to find this wild coyote while visiting Yellowstone National Park. It leaped and ran under tree branches and between boulders. I made sure not to disturb the coyote, and when it lay down on top of a hill I was able to include the coyote’s environment in the background. This image displays the coyote’s vast habitat, and a sense of mysteriousness and exploration, through its single eye staring back at the camera.

Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Second Place Winner

Midnight Light

Photo and description by Lijah Hanley

On an unusually warm midnight walk on the picturesque Oregon coast, it was a perfect moment to capture a self portrait. As I stood in the dark, feeling the smallness of my being against the immensity of the world around me, my eyes saw darkness, but my camera captured the true beautiful panoply that surrounded me.

Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon

Third Place Winner

The Caiman in the Water

Photo and description by Grant Lauer

It was my first time ever in South America, a mission trip that I had gone on with my school. What I grew to realize during that trip was what wonders lie off the beaten path. I visited a small zoo alongside a river and saw many new animals. In my growing curiosity, I strayed off the tour to capture a photo above a small enclosed pond. This picture reminds me that exploration can never truly be experienced on a path.

Location: Peru

Your art, larger than life.

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You’re invited to join Art Takes Times Square, a competition searching for inspired works by artists, designers, photographers and all creative talents from across the globe, to identify one visionary whose artworks will transform the most visited attraction in the world into a brilliant, spectacular exhibition.

Participation is free, click here to learn more. >>

International Publicity and The World’s Most Immense Exhibition + $16,000 in Grants
(All this can be yours and participation is free.)


Scholarship for Adult Students threw away all the rules when it designed its scholarship program. In a nutshell, students are both candidates and judges. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for an account at CollegeNET (you must be a current or future college student to be eligible to win an award)
  2. Create a profile
  3. Participate in discussion forums by posting comments on topics of interest to you
  4. Create your own discussions if you want
  5. That’s it

Then, about once a week, participants vote for the people they think deserve a scholarship based on each person’s profile and their contributions to the discussions.

From the CollegeNET website:
“You earn points for each vote you receive and for each vote you cast. The voting system is weighted and the point value assigned to each vote varies according to participation, communication skill, and engagement factors. The scoring algorithm assigns higher weights to voters and candidates who make greater contributions to the site as assessed collectively by other voters.

“At the end of each election cycle (about once a week) we tally the points, award scholarships to the candidates with the most points, and kick off a new election. If there’s a point tie, the scholarship money is divided equally among the winning candidates. From time to time, additional scholarships may become available that are restricted to certain candidates–e.g. attendees at a particular college. These restricted awards may be based upon points earned over a longer cycle.”

It’s a pretty impressive system. CollegeNET even gives candidates tips on how to participate the fullest, how to ensure you win as many points as possible. They want you to win.

CollegeNET‘s slogan is, “It pays to think!”


For the first time, ASMPNY is excited to announce we will host a Student Portfolio Review for students studying in the field of photography.  This event will be an opportunity for young photographers  to meet one on one with leading industry professionals to receive valuable feedback on their work while also helping students to prepare for entering the working world of photography and start developing their professional networks .  For our reviewers, this is a first look at emerging, fresh talent paving the way for the future of the industry.

WHEN:         Saturday March 31st,  2012

WHERE:      Fashion Institute of Technology – John E. Reeves Great Hall
28th Street and 7th Avenue,
New York, New York 10011

TIME:             1:00 PM  Registration
1:30 PM  Introduction of reviewers
1:45 – 4:00 PM  Reviews

COST:            FREE   Just bring student ID


NOTE:  ASMP Makes joining easy .

CE STUDENTS : Enter the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography!

Deadline: March 16, 2012

Entries submitted after that date require a $10 per entry late fee. No entries will be accepted after March 30, 2012.

Enter the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography, the Communication Arts Photography Competition. Any photograph first printed or produced from March 2011 through March 2012 is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Photography Annual and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the photographers represented.

CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession. Ask any creative director which competitions rank as the most influential and they’ll place Communication Arts at the top of the list.


David Allan Brandt, photographer, David Allan Brandt Photography, Los Angeles, CA
Shana Darnell, photo editor, Turner Broadcasting/CNN, Atlanta, GA
James Genell, associate creative director, Leo Burnett USA, Chicago, IL
Sarah Leen, senior photo editor, National Geographic, Washington, DC
David Meredith, principal, Pilot NY, New York, NY

View Previous Winners

What to Enter: Information on eligibility, categories and fees.
How to Enter: Information on preparation of entries and forms.
Photography Competition FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about applications and file formats.

What to Enter

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Any photograph first printed or produced between March 2011 and March 2012 is eligible. Explanation of the function in English is very important to the judges. Submission of entries acknowledges the right of Communication Arts to use them for publication and exhibition.

Photography Competition Categories/Fees
These categories are judged by the Photography jury and will appear in the Photography Annual:
Advertising: (ads, posters, CDs, packaging, etc.) $35 single entry/$70 series
Books: (cover/jacket and/or interior, must be published) $35 single entry/$70 series
Editorial: (consumer or trade magazine, newspaper) $35 single entry/$70 series
For Sale: (poster, print, note paper, greeting card, licensing/stock, gallery sale, etc.) $35 single entry/$70 series
Institutional: (company/association publication, brochures, collateral, etc.) $35 single entry/$70 series
Multimedia: (time-based media for film, television, video or web) $80 single entry/$160 series
Self-Promotion: (promotion for photographers, creative firms and vendors) $35 single entry/$70 series
Unpublished: (commissioned but not published, personal or student work, etc.) $35 single entry/$70 series

Late Fees
Entries must be registered no later than Midnight (Pacific Time Zone), March 16, 2012. Entries registered after that date require a late fee of $10 per entry. No entries will be accepted after March 30, 2012.

Each photograph is a single entry. A printed piece with several photographs must have a dot or some other mark indicating which specific single photograph is to be judged. If a single photograph isn’t indicated, the entry will be disqualified.

Campaigns or series are limited to five photographs. If the entry has more than five photographs, indicate which five are to be judged. If this isn’t indicated, the entry will be disqualified.



How to Enter

Download Entry Form

All competition entries are processed through our online entry system. Printed Call-for-Entry forms are no longer used.

Before you begin the process of entering a competition, please have the following information and materials ready. This will make the process go quickly.

  • – Your contact information for registration and notification.
  • – Title and brief description of each project.
  • – Any digital files you might want to submit saved as RGB (not CMYK) JPG format (maximum 1024 pixels wide X 768 pixels high @72dpi).

Entries can be submitted in the following formats:
Unmounted printed samples: ad tear sheets, pages or spreads, brochures, annual reports, posters, books, etc. (pieces over 18″ x 24″ must be submitted as digital files).

Digital files: RGB (not CMYK) JPG format with a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels (72dpi). Digital files will be projected for the judges.

Multimedia entries: Submit multimedia entries on DVD NTSC (viewable on a standard DVD player) or mpeg files on CD-ROM. Include 4 seconds of black, no slates or bars. Single entries must be on individual disks. Series should be edited together on one disk with 2 seconds of black between each entry. Computer-based formats such as QuickTime or Flash should have a maximum screen size of 1024 x 768.

Please do not send any pieces of art you want returned. NO ENTRIES WILL BE RETURNED. No exceptions. CA is not responsible for damage or loss of any entry. All entrants grant Communication Arts the right to reproduce work selected in the Photography Competition on the Communication Arts Web site and in materials used to promote the magazine and/or future related promotions.

Preparation of Packages
Send entries, unmounted, in flat packages only, no mailing tubes (they frequently arrive damaged). Address packages to Communication Arts Photography Competition. Non-United States contestants should mark each package “Materials for Contest Entry. No Commercial Value.” No provision will be made by CA for U.S. Customs or airport pickup. International entries should be sent by international courier. All entries must be received by the deadline date.

Forms and Entry Fees
After choosing a form of payment you will have access to PDF reports summarizing what you entered. If you chose to pay by check, you will have an invoice available for printing. If you chose to deliver entries via mail/courier, you will also have entry forms in PDF format that you will need to print, trim and attach to your entries. Tape an entry form to the back of each entry. If the entry is a print-based campaign, you will tape an entry form to each part of the campaign. Tape an entry form to the outside of each disk/video case. Multiple digital files may be placed on a single disk. Please tape all applicable entry forms one on top of the other so we can flip through them to verify the contents of the disk.

Make checks payable to Communication Arts. Non-United States contestants must send an International Money Order or a check in U.S. funds drafted on a U.S. bank. Please include the check with your entries if you are delivering them via mail/courier. If your payment is being sent under a separate cover, please send your entries now, with a note saying that the check is coming under separate cover. If you submit all of your entries online please write the Communication Arts invoice number on the check. The invoice number can be found in the Entry Forms PDF file. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Charges for your entry fees will appear on your statement as “(Commarts)”. Credit card charges can be done online. We do accept wire transfers, however there is a fee of $25 (U.S.) to cover fees charged by the banks to process the transfer. Please contact our office at (650) 326-6040 (9-5 PST) for instructions.

Mail entries to:
Communication Arts Photography Competition
110 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1107 U.S.A.
(Via United States Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. Entrants submitting from outside the U.S. please use an international courier)

Notification of Acceptance
Only accepted entries will be notified two months after the deadline date. Complete credits and any additional material necessary for reproduction will be requested at that time. No additional fees are required. Award of Excellence certificates for the photographer, client and art director of each accepted photograph will be mailed in one month after the publication date.

If you have any other questions or want to request a call for entries, you can reach us at:
(650) 326-1648 fax



Photography Competition FAQs

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Can I get an extension on the deadline?
We will accept entries up to two weeks after the March 16, 2012 deadline date, but a late entry fee of $10 per submission is required. No entrires will be accepted after March 30, 2012

Do you offer a cash prize?
We do not offer a cash prize. The winners are featured in one of our annuals distributed worldwide and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work distributed worldwide.

Can I submit my work via e-mail and just include a credit card number with it?
No, we do not accept entries via e-mail. All entries must be registered using our online competition system.

Will you confirm receipt of my package(s)?
The best way for you to track your package(s) is to contact your carrier. We are unable to acknowledge receipt of your package(s) until your submission(s) has/have been processed. At that time you will receive an e-mail confirming that your package(s) has/have been received, along with your assigned entry number(s). This process can take up to two weeks.

Will my entries be returned?
Because of the number of entries we receive, it is not possible for us to return any of them.

If we submit digital files, do we also need to mail a copy of our entries?
No, we only need one version of the work.

What is the best way to submit my entries, digital or print?
The method of entry you select will not impact the judges’ decision. Any entries over one cubic foot or posters larger than 18″x24″ need to be submitted as digital files.

Can I enter one project into multiple separate categories?
Yes, just make sure to submit a duplicate entry for each of the categories you are entering and attach a separate entry form on each printed submission.

Can I enter my work as a series?
Yes, but all work in a series must be part of the same campaign. When works are submitted as a series they are judged together as a group. The overall strength of the series depends on each individual piece and its function within the campaign.

If my entry is accepted, what will you use for reproduction?
If your work is accepted we will request necessary reproduction materials at that time.

What do you mean by “unmounted”?
We get thousands of entries and they would get very heavy if every entry was mounted on a board. If your entry is very flimsy and you feel it must be mounted on something, please back it with lightweight paper.

The entry instructions state, “Do not send original pieces of art you want returned.”
What does that mean?

It simply means that you should not send original photographs or artwork because they will not be returned.

I have a single brochure/poster/self-promo piece that has several photographs on it. Why is it a series and not a single entry?
The judges of the Photography Competition are only judging the images, not the typography, design or art direction. (Entrants who want the design or art direction of their pieces to be considered should enter them in the CA Advertising and Design competitions.) Each photograph is a single entry. Therefore, a piece with several images must be considered a series. There is a maximum of five images in each series; if a piece is entered and there are more than five images on it, the five that are to be judged must be marked in some way.

Where do we put creative credits?
All we need is the contact information of the person submitting the work along with the name of the firm or agency entering the project. Creative credits will be requested if your work is chosen for inclusion in the Annual.

I don’t know which category to put my piece in?
Choose the category that you feel best fits your submission. If we feel another category is more appropriate, we will move it; your work will not be penalized or disqualified.

We’re waiting on the check from our accounting department. Can we have an extension?
Please send your entries now, with a note saying that the check is coming under separate cover. If you submit all of your entries online, please write the Communication Arts invoice number on the check. The invoice number can be found in the Entry Forms PDF file.

Do you accept work on disk?
Yes, entries can be submitted on disk. Please review the information under How to Enter for size and formatting requirements.

Can I submit multiple entries on one CD?
Yes. Please name the files as instructed on the entry forms generated for you and attach all the entry forms (one for each entry) on the CD case. Please enclose each series in its own folder on the CD.

Can I put more than one single multimedia entry on each tape/disk?
No, each single multimedia entry must be submitted on its own tape/disk. Video-based series must have 4 seconds between each spot.

Is there a category for student work?
The Photography Competition has an Unpublished category, which can include student work. However the work must be completely original and not utilize content owned by another copyright holder unless the entrant has been granted specific usage rights. If a student project is selected and documentation of specific usage rights cannot be supplied, the project will be disqualified. Communication Arts is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not become involved in copyright disputes.

What rights do I retain if my work is chosen?
You retain all rights to your images. If selected, you will need to grant us the right to reproduce the image or images for both our online and print-based publication.

How does the judging take place?
The judging process is a two-part system: screening and finals. In screening, the jurors are divided into multiple groups and each category is distributed equally amongst them. Judges are not permitted to vote on work in which they were directly involved. Each juror views the entries independently. Print entries are spread out on rows of tables and digital entries are projected on a large screen. Any juror can put a print entry into the final voting by picking it up from the table. Digital entries are selected by checking an “in” or “out” column on prepared scoring sheets. For the final round the judges are brought back together as one group. Each judge votes “in” or “out” on each entry. After the judges make their selections, their votes are tallied. A simple majority is usually required for a finalist to be selected a winner.

When will we know if our entry was chosen?
If your entry is chosen we will notify two months after the final deadline date. Because of the number of entries we receive, we can only notify people whose work is accepted.

Blue Earth Alliance – Spring 2012 Photo Contest – Call for Photographers

Blue Earth invites amateur and professional photographers to engage the power of photographic storytelling by announcing our Spring 2012 Blue Earth Photo Contest.

Our work at Blue Earth is based on the belief that a dramatic image can change our perception and alter our understanding of a subject. This idea defines our mission to raise awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments and critical social concerns through photography.

Blue Earth helps photographers educate the public and motivate society to make positive change – we invite contest entries that exemplify our mission and the power of photographic storytelling.

Entries will be judged by a panel of jurors, all professionals in the photographic field, on the criteria of quality, creativity and visual narrative. The 1st place winner will receive $500, gear donated by Think Tank Photo, free admission to our 2-day 2012 photo workshop, and inclusion in the Blue Earth “Honors” gallery.

Photo from Frans Lanting’s Blue Earth project
LIFE: A Journey Through Time



(1) – First Place

(2) – Runners Up

How To Enter

The entry period opens January 1, 2012 and closes at midnight Pacific Time on March 31, 2012.

The entry fee is $25 for one photo, $5 per additional photo. Proceeds from this contest benefit Blue Earth’s mission and help support their sponsored documentary projects.

See their contest guidelines and rules for full details.

Special Opportunity | You're Invited…

You’re invited to take part in a mission to present a range of technique, style and narrative that captures today’s best emerging artists.

Presented in partnership with SCOPE Art Show, the 2nd annual Artists Wanted: Year In Review competition is an international open call for Painting, Sculpture + Installation, Photography, Design + Illustration, Motion + Sound, and more, awarding over $50,000 in prizes, including $20,000 in cash grants, an Exclusive Featured Booth at SCOPE Art Show in NYC this March, a New York City Apartment for one Month and a whole lot of exposure.

GET GOING, NOW! Click Here to Participate

The final entry deadline is this Tuesday, February 7th, noon EST

Emanuel Tovar | Gloria Desierta (Detail) | 2009 | Installation | Image Courtesy of Plataforma Arte Contemporaneo

Use promo code ArtistsWanted20 for a 20% discount on your submission fee.

Get your work reviewed by an esteemed panel of jurors from SCOPE Art Show, Printed Matter, Civilian Art Projects, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Independent Curators International (ICI), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), ARTberlin, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (MCA), and the New York Photo Festival (NYPH).

This is your chance to present your art at SCOPE Art Show, the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and one of the most influential presences in the expanding global art market.

Let this be the year the world sees your art!

Penelope Umbrico | Suns from Flickr | Photograph | Photo courtesy of Aperture Foundation