Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding our portfolio reviews and the review registration process.
PhotoNOLA is not a juried review, however participants should be emerging to mid-career level photographers, with a solid body of work and a history of exhibitions and/or publications.
We generally announce reviewers in the first week of August, and open portfolio review registration in the first week of September.
2017 Review registration will open on Thursday, September 7, via an online a form which will then be live at 10am CST here. (Remember to refresh your web browser. It can also be helpful to clear the cache.)
The $525 registration fee will guarantee each participant 8 twenty-minute reviews over the two days, and includes one ticket to the Keynote Lecture & Party, hosted by the New Orleans Museum of Art.
The registration process will be completed electronically through the photonola.org website. Your $525 payment to the New Orleans Photo Alliance must be completed at that time to guarantee your spot. (To get an idea of what the form will look like check out the online donation form here.)
The total number of participants will be limited to 70.
After the review has filled we begin a waiting list and interested photographers will be contacted in the case of cancellations. It is often not until late October that we begin to get cancellations.
Participants of the Portfolio Reviews are eligible to stay at the International House Hotel at special PhotoNOLA rates starting at $149 + tax for a queen room. Mention “PhotoNOLA” when making your reservation to receive the discount.
All participating photographers will be asked to provide one high res image representing their work, which PhotoNOLA will use in a photographers’ guide for the reviewers and to promote the PhotoWALK on the photonola.org website.
Reviewer selection: 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 via email one week before the event, with printed schedules included in your registration packets at check-in.
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.
Participation in the Friday evening portfolio walk – PhotoWALK – is highly recommended. It is hosted by the Ogden Museum and is open to the public. Please note that reviewers are encouraged but not obligated to attend.
Cancellations before November 1st will be given refunds minus a $75 processing fee, if we can find another person to register in your place. Please note that it may take up to 10 days after the refund is issued for it to appear in your account.
Cancellations after November 1st will not be eligible for refunds.
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.
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.
Have a question we didn’t address here?
Please contact Review Co-Chair, Vanessa Brown at email@example.com