THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION, part of our Juried Arts Festival programming, is open to photographers of all levels seeking to gain exposure in the New York City and international arts and media market.

Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for photographers to present their best work for juried selection, increase artist communication and business contacts, provide career advancement opportunities, and publicly award talented artists.


Our 2023 Competition Theme: THE BODY POLITICAL

THE ARTISTS FORUM invites artists to showcase interpretations for the phrase: The Body Political.

The term "body politics" refers to the operations of power in topics ranging from issues about abortion, anatomy, anorexia, and opinions on tattoos, toxicology, and transsexuals, to facts about diseases, death, disciplines, and convictions about race, rationality and research.

Question: Are our voices heard as ways to transform the system or rather as entertainment for the political status quo?


Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, will be rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category will be judged against one another and a winner declared. Please see Rules & Terms for eligibility.

A list of competition jurors is forthcoming on our website:

Award recognition will be given at a ceremony in New York City, alongside screenings of selected films. In the case of COVID-19 restrictions, our award ceremony will be conducted online and then televised on Manhattan cable stations shortly thereafter.

All finalists will be considered for a MEET THE ARTISTS video profile and promoted on our online platforms.

Winners will be considered for a formal studio or Zoom interview with host to be promoted via THE ARTISTS FORUM TELEVISION - a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.

Our Grand Prize winner will receive a mentorship opportunity with the Bolt Agency (London/NYC) See their site at:

Who is eligible: Anyone from any country is eligible to submit their work to The Artists Forum and its Juried Competitions, except for those listed below.

Who is ineligible: Any member of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, any competition judge or mentor, and any employee of The Artists Forum and their family members* are ineligible to participate in our competitions.

*Family is defined as relationships to the third degree of consanguinity or affinity. Consanguinity (blood relations) include: spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, great grandparent, great grandchild, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, niece, and nephew; the listed relatives include whole and half blood relatives. Affinity relationships apply to step relatives and in-laws.


Submissions are judged on the following criteria:

• Creativity
• Originality
• Theme Interpretation


Submissions are being accepted only through

• High Resolution tiff, png, or jpg

Use of imaging editing software is permissible
Minimal enhancement preferred


• Photo of artist in png or jpg format.

• Name, Mailing Address, Email Address, Phone Number
• Website (if any), social media handles
• Country of Origin (usually location of artist's cultural development)
• Country of Photo Creation (if different than Country of Origin)


In order to submit to this category, high school students and college undergrads must provide documentation of active enrollment in an educational institution plus your student ID.

PLEASE NOTE: Grad Students and all others are not eligible for student rates.


You may submit to the competition as many times as you wish.
However, only ONE photo may be submitted per entry.



THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION does not pay performance fees. By submitting your work via you acknowledge that THE ARTISTS FORUM and its PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION will not pay to present your work.


By submitting your film to THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION you are hereby agree to the following terms & conditions:

I hereby state that I am legally authorized to enter this work into THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION .

I guarantee that I own the rights to this photographic work in its entirety, or that I have secured in writing all proprietary rights as required by law and any other intellectual property used in the work and indicated on this form.

I have also acquired the necessary releases for all persons, talent, and/or locations, involved in producing the photographic image submitted for this competition.

I will indemnify, safeguard, and hold harmless THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION, and all of their sponsors, related parties and/or affiliates, from any claims, damages, costs, expenses, and liabilities arising from the creation, publication, use, or reproduction of the photographic work at present or in the future, including, but not limited to, claims for negligence and other infringements, fraud, unauthorized exhibition, discrimination, defamation, and breach of contract.

I agree to give THE ARTISTS FORUM INC. and THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION a non-exclusive, perpetual right at no cost to duplicate or disperse the musical work in any media and in any manner it deems appropriate for promotional and educational purposes related to the festival.

I hereby have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the foregoing license, and all of my content does not infringe, violate, misappropriate or otherwise conflict with the rights of any third party, and complies with all applicable laws and regulations, foreign and domestic. I accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

I agree to allow THE ARTISTS FORUM INC. and THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION to use photographs, audio or visual interviews of myself, and other likenesses of me, as well as, my name, either actual or fictitious. I hold THE ARTISTS FORUM INC. and THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION harmless from the damage to, or the loss of, film media and/or any publicity materials that I supply.

My submission and all activities related to my submission will be in compliance with the FilmFreeway’s Terms of Service.

I have read and fully comprehended the guidelines. I have complied with the terms of submission stated above and my application and payment into the competition verifies my acceptance of all Rules, Terms, and Submission Conditions.

Overall Rating
  • I am so happy to be a part of this year's competition. I was impressed when I found out I was a finalist! And I was touched and inspired when I took first place and won the Grand Prize! I am happy and grateful for such a wonderful journey as an artist in THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION. Thank you! 🙏❤️

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hello Olga! Congratulations on your amazing wins! We all look forward to working with you in 2023 and seeing your new works soon.