The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture is a $20,000 prize 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. 

The 2020 Jurors: 

  • Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Her exhibitions include: Time is Now – Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America (2018) and Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art (2019). She was most recently the 2020 juror for the Annual Exhibition of the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. She serves on the board of the CASE Art Fund. 
  • Dan Winters, a photographer well-known for his celebrity portraiture, photojournalism, scientific photography and illustrations. He has won over two hundred national and international awards for his work, including a first place World Press Photo Award and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography.  He was also honored by Kodak as a photo “Icon” in their biographical “Legends” Series.
  • Aline Smithson, a visual artist, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Aline is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography.

2020 Call for Entry 

is open from July 1, 2020 at 10:00am EST to August 3, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. 

The contest is open to all photographers age 18+ internationally, except where laws prohibit.  Please read full Terms & Conditions at https://www.mainemedia.edu/life-at-mmwc/arnold-newman-prize/.

The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture