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 2021 Jurors: 

The jurors for the 2021 Prize are:

  • Daniella Zalcman is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based in New Orleans. She 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 journalists.Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of Indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity, is the recipient of the Arnold Newman Prize, a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the FotoEvidence Book Award, the Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award, and part of Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 24.Daniella regularly lectures at high schools and universities, and is available for assignments and speaking engagements internationally. She is a member of the board of trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the board of directors of the ACOS Alliance. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.
  • Brent Lewis is a Photo Editor based out of New York City and from the greatest city in the world Chicago. South Side to be exact. A photo editor at The New York Times, working on the Business Desk, Brent assigns visual coverage of technology, the economy, and auto industry. He was previously a Photo Editor at The Washington Post and was the Senior Photo Editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, where he drove the visual language of the website based around the intersection of sports, race, and culture. Before joining the turning his life over to photo editing, he was a staff photojournalist with stints at The Denver Post, The Rockford Register Star and the Chillicothe Gazette. Through the years his photos have been used by the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Forbes, and Yahoo! News.
  • 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.

2021 Call for Entry 


The contest is open to all photographers age 18+ internationally, except where laws prohibit.  


There is a $55 fee per submission. 

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The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture