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Center Annual Exhibition

DEADLINE: This call will open March 6, 2019 and will close May 1, 2019

Exhibition on view: July 19 – September 1, 2019

The Center Annual is Houston Center for Photography’s yearly group exhibition that seeks to highlight and provide insight into current themes, technologies, and practices in photography. The show features a diverse array of works from members of our global photography community and is selected by a leading curator, editor, or artist. This annual exhibition opens our galleries to photographers from anywhere in the world, whether emerging, mid-career, or established, and as such, aims to provide viewers with critical insight into our current moment—both within the field of photography and within society at large. Of those selected, three artists are chosen to receive the Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria of $1,000, generously supported by The Beth Block Foundation, and will also be featured in spot magazine.

About the Juror

Shane Lavalette is a photographer, independent publisher/editor, and the director of Light Work, a non-profit photography organization in Syracuse, New York. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Foundation, Montserrat College of Art, The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Kaunas Gallery, Le Château d’Eau, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Musée de l’Elysée, and Robert Morat Galerie, in addition to being held in private and public collections.Lavalette is the author of two monographs: One Sun, One Shadow [Lavalette, 2016] and Still (Noon) [Edition Patrick Frey, 2018]. One Sun One Shadow was selected as one of the “Best Books” by photo-eye, nominated for the Kassel Photobook Award 2017, and shortlisted for the Author Book Award 2017 at Les Rencontres d’Arles. Lavalette’s work has been featured by The New York TimesTIMENPRCNNThe TelegraphFoam MagazineHotshoe, among others, and his editorial work has accompanied stories in various publications, including The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerTopicEsquireBloomberg BusinessweekCurbedVice MagazineThe WireWallpaperMonocle, and The GuardianLavalette is represented by Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin and We Folk agency in London/New York.

Entrants will be required to be current members of HCP. The call is free to enter.

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Submission Steps

STEP 1. Verify your HCP Membership

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HCP Memberships are non-refundable.


STEP 2. Prepare your images and all related texts

Carefully edit a group of no more than 10 jpg. images (no size restrictions) or videos that describe your current photographic work.
You will also need to have the following information available:
a. an artist statement
b. a resume, c/v, or bio
c. specific information for each piece:

  •  Title (for identification purposes)
  •  Year of exposure
  • Size (height X width)
  • Medium of finished work (inkjet print, chromogenic print, etc.)


STEP 3. Begin your application process

You will need to click submit to begin the submission process. Then you can start to copy/paste your artist statement and resume or bio into the form and complete the questions. At the end you will be able to upload your images to submit.

Submit Your Application


STEP 4. Become a Member!

Confirm that you are a member of HCP. If you are unsure of your membership, please email If you are not currently a member of HCP, please sign up for a membership below before completing your submission. We will contact all non-members at the close of the call and notify them that their submissions will be ineligible for selection and will not be included in the submissions reviewed by the Juror. HCP Membership are non-refundable.

Become A Member

After you receive an email receipt confirming your membership, your submission process is complete.


Applicants will be notified via e-mail. HCP retains the right to reject any selected work that differs from the work submitted.


HCP shall provide insurance covering the Selected Work commencing from time work is picked up for shipment from the Exhibitor, continuing throughout the Exhibition and terminating upon redelivery of the work to Exhibitor or to such other address as specified by Exhibitor. HCP retains the right to display and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes.

  • HCP is responsible for the payment of the costs of shipping to and from HCP. Packaging peanuts are NOT permitted
  • HCP is responsible for installing and lighting the Exhibition.
  • Your entry constitutes understanding and agreement with the conditions outlined in this prospectus.
  • HCP Memberships are non refundable
  • HCP Entry Fees are non-refundable after the jury process begins


Subscription to spot magazine, discounts on workshops, and educational programs, access to members-only portfolio reviews, invitations to receptions, lectures, tours and special events. Membership also includes discounts at Connections program institutions and on Aperture magazine. Members have the opportunity to enter our other calls for entry, including HCP’s annual Fellowship competition (entry fee not included).