How to Enter

The Portrait of America competition is an open call to all photographers — professional or emerging — using traditional, digital or mobile devices.

Entries are only accepted through our online submission system. No other forms of submission will be accepted.

  • Portraits must have been taken after January 1, 2018 and portray subjects living in the United States.
  • Portraits may be of individuals and groups.


Early Bird Submission Fees* are as follows:

  • Single image: $20
  • Up to 3 images: $50
  • Up to 5 images: $70
  • Up to 10 images: $130
  • Up to 20 images: $200

There is no limit to the number of images you can submit.

*NOTE: Fees will go up after August 31, 2019


Please take a little time to prepare your files before you begin the submission process.

Files must meet the following specifications:

  • RGB or Grayscale profile
  • JPEG or PNG format
  • Resolution of 72 dpi
  • Images should be 1500 pixels on the longest side
  • Digital file should not exceed 4 MB
  • Layers must be flattened


Please label images with your last name, then your first name, then by the title of the image, separated by underscores:


Example: Avedon_Richard_American_Hero.jpg

Please do not include characters such as #, $, &, periods or other similar characters as part of the file name.


You will have the ability to submit a short statement for each photograph or series of photos. Statements must be under 500 words.


To be eligible for this competition, photographers:

  • Must submit their own original work
  • Must be 18 years or older

Entries that do not meet guidelines will not be considered.