We’re looking for amazing images that evoke “The North.” Winter, spring, summer, or fall. Urban, suburban, or rural. Landscapes, people, animals, sports. We don’t want to put any limitations on your creativity—it’s all up to you! Is it ice fishing on a frozen lake? A majestic stand of pine trees? The dancing Northern Lights? Show us your idea of The North.


Submissions should answer the question: What is your idea of The North?

A PDF of the guidelines is available here. Click here to submit online.


Submissions Open: October 4th, 2017
Submission Deadline: 11:59pm, November 20th, 2017
Selections Announced: December 4th, 2017
Exhibition Dates: January 4-30, 2018
Opening Reception: January 11, 2018
Return of Works (if applicable): February 19, 2018


The competition will be judged by Pei Ketron, a San Francisco-based photographer, educator, and speaker. In addition to her work with several local non-profit organizations, she does travel and commercial photography worldwide for clients such as American Express and Mercedes. She teaches photography classes privately and through companies such as Creative Live and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. She also serves as a photographic mentor for travel experiences with companies such as Passion Passport and has spoken at events such as SXSW and AdobeMAX. Judging is blind, submitted images will be viewed without information about the photographer.


30 images selected by the juror will be printed and displayed in FilmNorth’s Marsden/Gustafson Gallery for an exhibition January 4-30, 2018. An additional 30 images will be selected by the juror for electronic exhibition on a gallery monitor. All 60 photos will be archived on our website.

1st place: $250
2nd place: $150
3rd place: $100

West Photo in Minneapolis, MN will print all work in order to have a uniform mode of display in our Gallery. The Artist will set the sale price for their work ($100 minimum, no maximum). If the print is sold, the Artist will receive 50% of the profits (less printing costs). If an exhibition print is not sold, we can ship the print to you for a $20 fee or you may pick it up at our office (no additional charge) during business hours (Mon-Fri, 10:30 am-5:30 pm).


Submissions cost:
$15 for one image
$5 for each additional image (limit 15)

To submit work: All entries must be submitted via the upload module CallForEntry.org (https://tinyurl.com/FilmNorth)

Submission Requirements:
– Submissions should relate to the prompt, “What is your idea of The North?”
– Photography must be taken with an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Windows Phones, Android Phone, or Android Tablet.
– Files should be submitted in their original size, ideally not smaller than 2400 pixels on either dimension.
– Photography must not be edited or enhanced using a desktop computer, but may be edited only on the mobile device using any combination of Apps.
– Desktop computers may be used ONLY to compress file sizes, change file titles, or upload submission via the web.
– Photography must be submitted by the Artist who took the photo.
– Photography must not be published previously anywhere. Photos previously posted on personal accounts (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) are acceptable.

This competition is open to all professional and amateur photographers who are 18 years or older at the time of entry. Individuals affiliated with FilmNorth, including employees, board members, interns, and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and others living in their households, are not eligible for any prize. FilmNorth will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

Use Rights: Artist retains 100% of Copyright

Entries will only be accepted once these rules of entry are agreed to on the Submission Form.

Entrant acknowledges and agrees as follows:
All submitted images have been shot and/or edited (processed with apps) or otherwise created with any and all known mobile phone and tablet devices. No desktop software is permitted. Entries which do not conform to these rules will be disqualified. Entrant has the right or authorization to submit your images to FilmNorth Mobile Photography Competition and that the images you submit are your original work and do not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Entrant holds FilmNorth and its respective management, judges, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, vendors, and affiliates harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from your entry. Entrant grants FilmNorth the right to print selected image(s) to its own standard and may use submitted image(s) on its website (myfilmnorth.org), in an exhibition in the Marden/Gustafson Gallery (if selected), and for promotion of the exhibition, artist, or FilmNorth and its programs. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms and conditions as established herein and on the Call for Entry website.

FilmNorth reserves the right to adjust these rules within reason and within accordance with standard practices associated with similar competitions and open gallery calls.


Contact FilmNorth at 651.644.1912,
email gallery@myfilmnorth.org