June 12, 2017 - September 15, 2017 (at 11:59pm EST)

Arnold Newman had an insatiable fascination with people and the physical world around him. In his work, he constantly explored the boundaries of portraiture and embodied the spirit of artistic innovation. He was also a passionate teacher--he taught at Maine Media Workshops + College every summer for over 30 years, inspiring hundreds of artists and sharing wisdom like, "we make photographs with our hearts and with our minds." In honor of Arnold's legacy as both a photographer and mentor, The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture recognizes excellence in a new generation of photographers by awarding $20,000 to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in the genre of portraiture. The prize, the second largest in the United States, is designed to assist the winner in continuing the pursuit of their work and to serve as a launching pad for the next phase of their careers.  

Established in 2009 by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation, the prize is generously funded by the Foundation and proudly administered by Maine Media Workshops + College.  We are excited to host the prize for a second year and to announce that the 2018 Call for Entries is open from June 12, 2017 to September 15, 2017 (at 11:59pm EST) DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOV 17 @ 11:59 EST



All submissions to the 2018 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture must be submitted through the contest platform Submittable. No mail in submissions will be accepted. Please read all terms and conditions before entering. 


What to Submit:

  1. The core of your submission is a cohesive group of 12 images that are all a part of a single project, portfolio, or series focused on photographic portraiture
  2. Artist Statement about the series you are submitting (500 word limit)
  3. A brief bio telling us who you are as an artistn (250 word limit)
  4. CV (uploaded in pdf format)
  5. A brief statement about why you would like to win The Arnold Newman Prize and how winning would impact your career and work. 



There is a $55 fee per submission. All fees are paid through Submittable and are non-refundable.



The jurors will select one (1) winner and three (3) finalists for the 2018 Arnold Newman Prize. 
The winner will recieve $20,000.
The winner and three finalists will be officially announced and celebrated at an event in New York City in 2018.


Please email with any questions you have about the prize.




Q: What are the image specifications?
 A: Images must be uploaded as JPEGs, 1280 pixels on the longest size, less than 2MB total size

Q: What should I name my image files?
A: You don't have to worry about file names. There are optional fields on Submittable for image titles and image captions. 

Q: How many submissions can I enter? 
A: You can enter as many submissions as you like. Each submission of 12 images and accompanying documents is $55. 

Q: When will I be notified? 
A: All entrants will be notified in January 2018 about their status in the prize.


Terms & Conditions

The call for entries will be open from June 12, 2017 to 11:59pm EST on September 15, 2017. All entries must be received during the call for entries and no later than 11:59pm EST on September 15, 2017 to be eligible.
All entrants will be notified of their status by January 2018. 
There is a $55 entry fee per submission (each submission includes up to 12 images)
All fees are nonrefundable.

The winner will receive a $20,000 prize. The recipient of this award may not transfer the prize to another party.
The winner and three finalists will be officially announced in New York City in 2018 and celebrated with an exhibit of their work.
The three finalists do not recieve a monetary prize.

Jurying will begin once the call for entries has closed on September 15, 2017. All jurying will be done anonymously. Images will be judged on originality, overall impact, artistic merit, technical excellence, and uniqueness of vision. The jurors will select one winner and three finalists. 
All decisions made by the jurors are final.

Images may originate in any format, including but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints -- so long as they are submitted electronically. 
Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant Maine Media Workshops + College a license.
For a photograph in which a person is recognizable, you must be able to provide a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject's parent or guardian and provide it to Maine Media Workshops + College upon request. You do not need to submit it at time of entry.
Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the applicant. By entering the competition, entrant acknowledges that the submitted photographs are original work created solely by the applicant; that the photographs do not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity, or intellectual property rights of any person or entity; and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photographs. Photographs that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright are not eligible.
The photographs entered must not, in the sole discretion of the Maine Media Workshops + College, contain obscene, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable content. Entries deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.
Finalists may be asked to submit a high-resolution file of at least 300 ppi at 12 inches on the longest side. Maine Media Workshops + College reserves the right to disqualify contestants who are unable to provide a high-resolution file.


All photographers of any level, and all ages, are eligible.
Individuals affiliated with Maine Media Workshops + College, including current full-time or part-time year-round employees, board members, and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses) are not eligible to enter.
Maine Media Workshops + College shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.    
This contest is not available in all countries, states or provinces where rules translation, registration, or bonding is required, and is void where prohibited.
Entrants retain all rights to their work. Entrants must own and have exclusive copyright to all images they submit. By submitting to Maine Media Workshops + College, entrants grant the use of images for the purpose of marketing by Maine Media and for display on the Maine Media and Arnold Newman Archive websites. As conditions of this permission, Maine Media Workshops + College shall attribute all photographs to the maker.

We respect your privacy. Maine Media Workshops + College will not sell, rent or exchange your e-mail address.

This competition is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if Maine Media Workshops + College determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.
Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Jurors are final on all matters relating to the competition; and (c) if he/she wins that Maine Media Workshops + College may use each winner's name, city, state, and photograph in any publicity or advertising relating to the Arnold Newman Prize. All federal, state, and local taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the prize recipient.
Maine Media Workshops + College, in its sole discretion, reserves the right not to award the prize in the event that an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, and in this case will return the entry fees.
In the event that the selected recipient of the prize is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Maine Media Workshops + College, in its sole discretion, with advice from the Arnold Newman Prize Advisory committee, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

Upon request by Maine Media Workshops + College, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed, written, personal release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, authorizing us to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with and promotion of the Arnold Newman Prize, in any media now or hereafter.
In addition, upon request by Maine Media Workshops + College, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed, written, license from the copyright owner of any sculpture, artwork, or other copyrighted material that appears in the photograph entry, authorizing us to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph in connection with any promotions of the competition. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Maine Media Workshops + College and each of its partners, affiliates, agents and its employees, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in the Arnold Newman Prize or any competition-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.
Maine Media Workshops + College assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of, or unauthorized access to, Prize entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Maine Media Workshops + College is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems, or traffic congestion on the Internet, or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this competition.

If for any reason the Arnold Newman Prize is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Maine Media Workshops + College that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this competition, Maine Media Workshops + College reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Maine Media Workshops + College elects to cancel or terminate the competition, Maine Media Workshops will not retain any rights in the submitted entries and will return the entry fees.



Arnold Newman began his relationship with Maine in the late 1970’s, traveling from his home in New York City each summer to join a host of other renowned photographers in Rockport, who were teaching at the Maine Photographic Workshops, now known as Maine Media Workshops. For Arnold, Maine was a place of inspiration and rejuvenation and the Workshops a place to see old friends, be immersed in photography and share his work and experiences through teaching. He never came to Maine for just his workshop; it was always a longer stay. For more than thirty years, Arnold and his wife Augusta were vital influences among the Workshops community. 

I first met Arnold at the Workshops in the summer of 1990. On a hot summer night, I sat in the crowded Union Hall Theater to listen to his lecture, and see the images illustrating his long and extraordinary life as a photographer. It was a lecture he would give every year, and each year, he would begin by asking the young photographers in the audience if they knew of the notable subjects in his photographs – always imploring that we must know our history, telling his audience, “we learn from the past.” 

It would be a very long lecture. Arnold loved to tell stories. His stories are pretty hard to beat – how many people can share with you their personal account of photographing the man responsible for curing polio ­ or, every President since Truman? Photographing Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, on the day the Anne Frank House opened to the public or­ nearly every artist of note in the 20th century? About spending a day with Picasso? Being with Arnold was like being with a walking, talking history book.

I, like so many others in that crowded Union Hall Theater for Arnold’s slide show, was captivated by the way each image appeared to emerge from the innermost essence of the sitter. These were not ordinary pictures of people. Rather, they evinced the spirits of individuals engaged in their various pursuits, their innermost psyches, and their most honest moments. He has provided the world some of the most memorably significant and truest depictions of important figures in the areas of politics, sciences, and of course, the arts. For many admirers of these subjects, Arnold’s are the quintessential images.

During his extended visits to the Workshops, Arnold would act as an unofficial artist­ in­ residence. Many would enjoy the company of Arnold and Augusta for meals under the dining tent, where Arnold would regale his listeners with yet more stories. After all, he had a lifetime of extraordinary experiences to share! Frequently, Arnold would ask young photographers to come sit with him and would ask to see their work. On more than one occasion, one of those informal portfolio reviews launched the career of a now well­ regarded photographer. 

Arnold was always a teacher, when he was in the classroom, delivering a lecture, or even just sharing a meal. To learn from Arnold, was to learn from a great master of craft, a visionary photographer and genuinely learned man. He helped many understand, in a most profound way, what it is to be an artist. I am now a teacher. My students know that I do so love to tell “Arnold” stories, stories of my time working with him ­and to recount his many stories as a way to teach history. To a great extent, it was through these stories that I learned. 

The life and work of Arnold Newman have had tremendous impact on the world, on those who know him only through his photographs as well as on those who have had the great fortune to know him personally. He shared with the world his keen observations of the great figures in our history; now, he is a part of that history, and an indelible part of the history of the Workshops. 

~ Elizabeth Thomsen Greenberg Rockport, March 2010