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The Clarence John Laughlin Award 2020


Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply. The New Orleans Photo Alliance invites photographers working in all mediums, styles, and schools of thought to apply. Still images made from all photographic processes, both traditional and digital will be considered. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal and emotional statements are all welcome. Still photography or photographic techniques should be integral to the works submitted.


$5,000 award •  Featured EXHIBITION during PhotoNOLA 2020 • ONLINE permanently archived on the NOPA website


  • February 1: Open Call For Submissions
  • April 21: Online submissions deadline @ 11:59 PM CST
  • May 13: CJL Finalists are notified and given portfolio delivery instructions
  • May 27: CJL Print portfolios due to juror (artists have 2 weeks to have work delivered to juror)
  • June 12:  Winner Announced


Associate Curator of Photography,
J. Paul Getty Museum.

Paul Martineau received a B.A. in art from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a M.A. in art history from Williams College. Before joining the Getty Museum in 2003, Martineau held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. He has organized numerous exhibitions covering a range of topics spanning the history of photography from its beginnings to today. Martineau is the author and coauthor of more than a dozen books and articles, including, most recently, Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography (2018); Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs (2016); The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2016); and Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit (2014).

Click here for a list of past CJL winners

Application Fee

Fees help make NOPA opportunities possible. In keeping with our mission, no applicant will be turned away. Please consider the following fees or contribute what you are able to.

$25 for members**
$45 for non-members
$60 for application + membership

**Check the NOPA members’ page to see if you are listed as a current member


Applications will be accepted online only through the New Orleans Photo Alliance website. You must use EntryThingy to submit application. If you do not have an account you can create one at time of application.


Applicants must submit a portfolio of 10-20 image files representing a cohesive body of work. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to build a strong series of images. If your work is best communicated visually by showing its physical nature, you may use one or more of the required images for installation or detail views.


Applicants must submit a written statement explaining their images, process and intent. The purpose of the statement is to give the juror a better understanding of your work while they are viewing it. Your statement should be clear, concise and relate to the work samples you submit. Applicants will also be required to submit a bio or resume and a brief “description of work” summary.


The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and written statement.


If more than 150 applications are submitted, a committee of independent curators and photographers will prescreen all submissions and select 100 portfolios to present to the juror. The juror will select a single winner.

At the juror’s discretion, a select number of finalists will be asked to submit a print portfolio for the final decision.

Finalists will be notified by May 13, 2020 required to mail portfolios to the juror at their own expense by May 27, 2020.

Application Requirements

Please read the guidelines and application requirements thoroughly.
If you have any further questions please contact Britney Penouih,

Please be aware that punctuation sometimes shifts during the cutting and pasting process, so proofread online before finalizing your submission.