Review FAQ

The 2014 PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews will take place on Dec. 5 & 6, 2014 at the International House Hotel, in downtown New Orleans.

Registration will open on Thursday September 4, 2014 (at 10am Central Time) and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

The $500 registration fee will guarantee each participant 8 twenty minute reviews over the two days, and includes one ticket to the PhotoNOLA Gala, hosted by the New Orleans Museum of Art on Thursday, Dec. 4.

The total number of participants will be limited to 70 in order to guarantee 8 reviews for each photographer.

After the review has filled, we will begin a waiting list and interested photographers will be contacted in the case of cancellations.

Reviewer choices: In November registered participants will be asked to rank all of the reviewers in order of preference, and every effort will be made to schedule meetings with the reviewers that each participant most wants to connect with.

You will receive your review schedule at check-in on the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 4 or the morning of Friday, Dec. 5.

The registration process will be completed electronically through the website. Your $500 payment to the New Orleans Photo Alliance through PayPal must be completed at that time to guarantee your spot.

Participants of the Portfolio Reviews are eligible to stay at the International House Hotel at special PhotoNOLA rates starting at $139 + tax for a queen room. Be sure to mention “PhotoNOLA” when you make your reservation.

Participation in the Saturday evening portfolio walk – PhotoWALK – is highly recommended. It will be open to the public and is a chance for the reviewers who wish to attend to see all the participating photographers work. Please note that reviewers are encouraged but not obligated to attend.

All participating photographers will be asked to provide one image representing their work, which PhotoNOLA will use in a photographers’ guide for the reviewers and to promote the PhotoWALK on the website.

Cancellations before November 1st will be given refunds minus a $75 processing fee, if we can find another person to register in your place.

Cancellations after November 1st will not be eligible for refunds.

While we expect all the confirmed reviewers to be in attendance, sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances there are late cancellations. In the unfortunate event that one or more of our selected reviewers should have to cancel, we will make every effort to fill their spot with an equally high caliber reviewer.

It is generally recommended that photographers present an easy to handle portfolio containing 15-20 tightly edited prints from a cohesive body of work, preferably in its final presentation size. The review tables are fairly small so photographers working in a larger scale might want to consider bringing smaller sample prints and a few large pieces rolled up.

Check out the references below for some great advice about how to prepare for portfolio reviews:

Here is a comprehensive article by Mary Virginia Swanson about preparing for portfolio reviews, put out by the Griffin Museum.

Here’s a Portfolio Review Guide put together by the wonderful photolucida folks, which offers tips from fellow photographers on how to make the most of your review experience.

Here is a Mary Virginia Swanson interview about portfolio reviews.