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The International Photography Annual 5

An Award-winning Juried Publication of Works of Contemporary Photography & Photo-based Art

$2,000 in cash prizes, including a $1,200 first place award

Remember, INPHA is not a gallery exhibition. It does not require shipping works to Manifest. It is an award-winning non-profit hardcover publication with cash awards.

INPHA is open to a very broad range of lens-based and photographic submissions. This is not just for 'photographers' and 'photography' but also for anyone working creatively in a visual art (or design) field with work that incorporates the lens or photographic process in some significant way, including manipulated and mixed processes.

As with all Manifest projects, we are open to learning just what's being done that fits within this broad scope.

The goal of Manifest's annual international publication of contemporary photography is to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant photographic art on an ongoing annual basis. In 2012 INPHA became the third in a suite of annual Manifest books charting contemporary art around the world. In early 2013 the INPHA 1 received a bronze medal award in the 2013 IPPY Book Awards in New York City (Photography category) from the Independent Publisher Association. It joined the International Painting Annual and award winning International Drawing Annual as a major new product of Manifest Press. This project represents a further expression of Manifest's unique process for assembling diverse and compelling multi-national projects, as well as its commitment to a wide variety of methods for creative visual expression. Learn more about previous INPHA volumes and the artists involved here.

Why Photography?
Some may say that time and space are simply aspects of light. Light is a symbol of spirituality, purity, consciousness, and enlightenment. Time and distance are measured by the assumed limitation of light. The phenomenon is considered a particle, like dust, and a wave, like energy. Without light, the warmth of the sun, the nourishment of our planet, we would not exist.

We were born with lenses. We are light-based beings.

Today we swim in a sea of light based life. Whole days and weeks are spent interacting with flat screens beaming information across narrow space into our private lenses and brains. The conduit of our communications is light, by many means and many lenses. This is to such a degree as to make photography, light based imagery, nearly invisible. It has become like air. We exist so dependently within it that we hardly notice. Yet this does not diminish its power, nor importance. And by way of the INPHA Manifest aims to uncover and contextualize truly exceptional works, those which rise above the every day, which epitomize not only excellent photography (or other lens based work) but exceptional art regardless of the media.

For this call for submissions Manifest is eager to receive works in a wide range of types, including traditional, digital, and experimental photography, and other lens-based work*. As with its other Annuals, Manifest is open to unexpected solutions, broad interpretation, and surprise. Works submitted must clearly feature the photographic/lens-based process as a primary, but not necessarily exclusive, characteristic.

*note that artists submitting time-based art (video, etc.) must realize that for the purpose of the publication only still imagery will be used to represent the project in print.

After reviewing the full prospectus below, find the required entry form here.


The International Photography Annual is open to any artist submitting original works of art created within the time frame of 2013 - 2016. Professionals and students in ALL disciplines are encouraged to submit. Manifest is eager to receive works in a wide range of applications with the qualification being that artwork submitted is representative of high quality "photography or lens-based art."

Note that artists who previously exhibited at Manifest or had work included in our publication projects ARE eligible to submit. Our juries are always conducted blind, and we do not disqualify folks who have success in past juries.


Media (artwork)
Open to any media applicable to the practice of photography or lens-based work, including but by no means limited to traditional, digital/new media, photography, printmaking, mixed media, collage, etc. All are possibly valid.


Essays and other drawing-related writings (OPTIONAL SEPARATE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS)
Manifest calls for scholarly, critical, and creative writing for publishing in each of its three publication projects. Information about this, and a separate entry process, can be found here.


Jury Process
Manifest's selection process involves a complex two-part system. This project will be juried by a 9-12 member panel of professional and academic volunteer advisors representing a broad range of expertise from across the U.S. and beyond. Jurors will not be expert exclusively in photography, although some will be. Jurors will include 'image makers' and 'object makers'. The jury will then pass along their scores to Manifest staff who will assemble the final selections from the jury-approved pool.


Each artist/author selected for inclusion in the INPHA will receive one complimentary copy of the publication. The books produced for Manifest's other ongoing Annuals have increased in page count and print quality each year, with recent publications reaching 200 pages in length. In 2011 the INDA 5 was awarded a national silver medal award from the Independent Publishers Association in their New York City ceremony and the INPHA 1 followed it with a bronze in 2013, and the INDA 8 took another bronze in 2015, competing with such publishers as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of Art. Manifest's books are distributed to bookstores across the country, including museum bookstores, and are available through as well as at Manifest Gallery and on the Manifest website. Arts patrons, artists, professors, and art students around the world collect our publications, and our books are often used to supplement course work in college level classes.

Manifest's INDA 8 is our most recent Bronze Medal Winner
of the 2015 IPPY Book Awards (Fine Art category) by the Independent Publisher Association


Online INPHA Resource
An Internet-based online International Photography Annual Resource website will be published to accompany the printed Annual. This will feature statements, bios, contact info., and professional information for each person included.
See ( for examples.


Entry Fee
$36 for up to three entries submitted. $10 per each additional entry. Number of entries is unlimited. Fees are non-refundable. Entry fee must be paid by U.S. check or money order made payable to MANIFEST, or by credit card via PayPal. (If paying by PayPal PLEASE use the paypal link provided on the page that follows the submission of the online entry form.) Beyond this nominal fee, the requirements spelled out here, and providing print-quality digital images of selected works, there are NO hidden costs or obligations associated with participation, and NO obligation to purchase additional copies of the printed publication.


What is my fee used for?
Manifest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and state-funded charitable organization operated by artists, for artists, with no reserve or endowment. All proceeds from entry fees fund project-related expenses. Not unlike paying a fee to enter a marathon race, this democratically enables our organization's projects to happen. For over a decade Manifest has earned an international reputation for producing quality exhibits and publications, and benefitting the artists involved over time on its meager budget. Our board of directors and small dedicated staff work hard to make involvement with Manifest projects well worth the effort and cost to do so. It is important to note that this jury fee is the only cost charged by Manifest for participation.


How many works can or should I submit?
The average number of works submitted to typical Manifest calls is 3. Some artists like to submit several more, especially if they have a couple different bodies of work which they'd like our jury to consider, or if they have a suite of works that are interrelated. While we have absolutely no minimum number required (other than one), nor do we give an advantage to those who submit more, it is helpful to have a number of options to select from. Our jury often gains insight into one work by seeing it in context with others by the same artist. And we do routinely accept pairs or sets of work by artists once they are determined to be a finalist. It is also worth noting that our book projects like the INDA and INPA are not limited by size of work nor gallery space, so we are able to more easily include, on average, more works by each artist if justified by our jury scores.


Awards and CASH PRIZES
First, Second, and Third Place awards for VISUAL works will be decided by the jury committee. Each award winner will have a brief artist's statement included in the publication. There will be three cash prizes of $1200, $500, and $300 for first, second, and third place winners.


Find guidelines and a separate entry process for written submissions here.


In an effort to conserve resources Manifest accepts only digital images and entry forms for consideration. (see details below). The Gallery will retain the submitted images of accepted artwork and reserves the right to use the images in publications and gallery publicity. CD's of works not selected will only be returned if accompanied by a SASE.
(online entry form required and emailed images preferred over mailed CD)

Digital Format: Digital images can be submitted on CD or by e-mail (send to: The email and online submission process is HIGHLY PREFERRED because it makes our process more efficient and saves postage and materials for the artists. Hi-Res, professional-quality images will be requested for accepted works upon conclusion of the jury process. If suitable images are not provided, the work will not be included in the publication.

To send via email: (send to: The email should include the artist's full name as subject along with 'INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY ANNUAL 5 submission' or 'INPHA 5 submission'. The images must meet the following specifications:

All entry files (regardless of type or media) must be named with artist's last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number as noted on the entry form (i.e. Jones_Mike_1.jpg). Please DO NOT include any other information in the file name, such as title of work, etc.

Detail, installation, or alternate view images must include the word 'detail' in the filename (i.e. Jones_Mike_1detail1.jpg). If you do NOT include the term DETAIL as part of the filename for any additional, extra, installation, or closeup images supporting your entry these will be counted as additional separate entries and our system will expect a corresponding fee for them.


Info for detail images should NOT be included on the entry form. The image files should be in HIGH QUALITY JPEG format, images should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction (about 13”) and be exactly 72dpi. This should result in most image files ranging from 700kb to 2mb in file size (this is approximate). Files should be in JPEG format, not TIFF, PDF, RAW, etc., and should be in RGB color space, (not grayscale except where appropriate).

Be ABSOLUTELY sure you are sending files at the correct size AND that your email app. does not automatically downsize the attached images when sending. Apple Mail, for example, provides a setting for resizing attachments in the new message composition window (often in lower or upper right corner of message window).

Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork) and should not include text info or borders that are not part of the actual work.

Please do NOT submit resume, c.v., bio, or other text info.

Please do NOT submit links to jpeg files (Google Docs or otherwise). Please attach images directly to one or more emails. 

If for any reason you submit your entry form more than once, only the most recent form will be retained in our system. All previous forms will be deleted. If you decide to submit additional work later, or need to correct information on your form, you’ll need to submit a new form containing ALL the works for the exhibit.


Manifest requests that all video or interactive submissions, or details illustrating an entry, be in the form of a link to a viewable online copy of each work. The sample should be shown online in its full length
. It is understood that online versions of video files may be lower quality due to compression and Internet formatting.

Note that a jpeg still image should still be submitted to represent a purely video-based entry in addition to the video material, since as a book project the INPHA will represent video works via still images. Please email us if you have any uncertainty about this (

Links to video support materials should be provided on the entry form for each entry in the 'notes' or other relevant section on the form, and should link directly to online streaming content that does NOT require a login, password or membership to view. These may be in the form of Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or other similar links. Effort should be made to eliminate confusion or extraneous information that may interfere with the jury's viewing of the work. Any extraneous information, or material not considered to be 'the work' will inevitably detract from the jury score for that work.

Links to video material must remain valid and active through the notification of jury results.


April 1  April 25 

May 30 June 27

Spring 2017

Deadline for entry EXTENDED

Notifications sent by e-mail (on or around this date)**

Publication available and awards announced

** note that our notification emails are sometimes not received due to aggressive filtering by email servers on the recipient side. For this reason we also post the results of the jury on the project page of the website soon after sending the notifications (within a week or so). We encourage all entrants to white list (or allow) email from the domain to help ensure our communications arrive.


Entry Checklist

Completed entry form (online required)

U.S. check, money order, or credit card through PayPal (payable to Manifest)

Digital images or written entries formatted as directed (e-mailed is preferred)


If sending through the USPS, mail materials to:

Manifest Creative Research Gallery
Attn: 5th International Photography Annual (INPHA 5)
P.O. Box 6218
Cincinnati, OH 45206

e-mail with questions


PLEASE feel free to print, share, or forward this information. The success of this project will rely largely on word-of-mouth publicity.)




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