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The New Now: Making Photographs in the Pandemic Age
Organized by: Society for Photographic Education, Northwest Chapter
A new year, and a new The New Now.


SPE NW is currently calling for nationwide entries for the sixth iteration of The New Now exhibition to be held in Longview, Washington, and juried by Zemula Barr, Exhibitions Director at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland Oregon.

This show will present a fresh start to The New Now mission as we all embark on a post 2020 world, together. Artists are invited to submit up to three new photographs (jpg, 1500 px on the longest side and 72 dpi) that serve as a reflection of the past year, chronicling our collective experience as the photographers of this unique point in history.

This traveling show represents all NW Chapter states and beyond.

The exhibit manifests uniquely at each location with a new submission deadline, and a different juror.

  • Laramie, Wyoming - hosted by University of Wyoming Visual Arts Program, Bailey Russel and Rani Robison, juried by Clare Benson.

  • Bozeman, Montana - hosted by Ryan Parker and Jessica Hays of Lenticular Projects, Juried by Alexis Pike 

  • Spearfish, South Dakota – hosted by Skott Chandler and the photography program of Black Hills State University, this is not a call but will be a physical exhibition of the first two juried shows. All artists involved will be contacted once the work is installed.

  • Fairbanks, Alaska - hosted by University of Alaska Fairbanks and J. Jason Lazarus, juried by Garth Amundson and Pierre Gourre (SP).

  • Corvallis, Oregon – Hosted by Julia Bradshaw at Oregon State University. 

  • Longview, Washington - Hosted by Lower Columbia College and Gallery and Programs Director of the Forsberg Art Gallery , Jennie Castle this June. Juror is Zemula Barr, Exhibitions Director at Blue Sky Gallery. Entries due by 8:00 PM PST, April 30th, 2021. (see below)

More about The New Now

The Northwest Chapter of the Society of Photographic Education is looking to provide an outlet to explore the future of photographic exhibitions in our region through this series of semi-virtual, semi-physical shows. We invite all photographers to submit up to two images they have made since this country began it’s lockdown on March 14th.


If you are a current SPE member at the time of submission, entry is free, if not, there will be a nominal $5 charge to defray costs. The Society for Photographic Education is an international organization of photo educators, professionals, artists, curators, business owners and students that collaborate on advancing the photographic community worldwide. As an organization that gets its strength from our members, we encourage everyone that considers submitting to this call to become a member and take advantage of all the benefits therein. ​

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Washington Call

due at 8pm PST.



Virtual Show Opens on



Physical Show Opens at Forsberg Art Gallery

About SPE

SPE is the leading forum for fostering understanding of photography in all its forms and related media. SPE engages its worldwide membership and affiliated communities through a range of supportive platforms including conferences, events, and publications.

Visit their website to learn more or become a member!

Photo credit: Clare Benson

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