Taking Pictures 2023 Photography Competition

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Taking Pictures 2019 Photography CompetitionTheme: Open Theme

Black Box Gallery is excited to announce an open themed juried group photo show. Show us your favorite photographic shots! Open to all themes and ideas, all styles and genres, all perspectives on crafsmanship and photographic creativity. Great opportunity for landscape, architecture, portraiture, documentary, fashion, still life, conceptual projects, street, color and black and white, nature, night photography. This will be a fun show with a great diversity of photographs!


  • Exhibition in Black Box Gallery, Portland Oregon  (April 1-20, 2023)
  • Black Box will provide for free all framing, matting and printing for the exhibitions.

Juror: Todd Johnson

Submission of digital images by email: [email protected]
Image requirements: Jpeg format; 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, 2MB or less each (saved). The photographers who are selected into the exhibition will provide a high resolution Tiff file for our gallery to print for the exhibition.


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