The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture is a $20,000 prize awarded annually to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in photographic portraiture.

In addition to the winner, the jury selects three finalists each year who are invited to participate in an exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography.

The Prize is generously funded by the Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation and proudly administered by Maine Media Workshops + College. The Griffin Museum of Photography hosts the annual exhibition of work by the winner and three finalists each October.

The 2019 Jurors:

  • Elizabeth Avedon, Photography Book and Exhibition Designer, Curator, Writer
  • Jessica Dimson, Deputy Director of Photography, New York Times Magazine
  • Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography

2019 Call for Entry

is open from June 15, 2019 at 10:00am EST to July 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

The contest is open to all photographers age 18+ internationally, except where laws prohibit.  Please read full Terms & Conditions at

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Contest Prize & Terms & Prize Details

The jurors will select one (1) winner and three (3) finalists for the 2019 Arnold Newman Prize.

The winner will receive $20,000. This prize is unrestricted and may be used however the winning artist wishes. The winner and three finalists will be officially announced in August 2019 and their work will be featured in an exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA from October 1 to 30, with an opening reception on October 10. Artists will be responsible for shipping framed (or otherwise exhibition ready) work to/from the Griffin.

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