2020 Call for Entries

Prospectus and Call for Entries

Butt and lower back area of a woman, only edge lit
Model: Madyson Turner

The nude has been a part of human artwork as long as there have been humans. Because of our society’s views on nudity, rarely do people have an opportunity to view well-done artistic nude photos. We are out to change that in our part of the world.

Photographers in New Mexico can enter the show. If you are outside of the state and wish to submit images, please contact Kenneth (ingham (at) nmanshow.com or 505-480-7621). You must have some tie to the area to enter.

Awards  for 2020 are:

  • The Artistic Image will give a 4-hour studio rental worth $90.00
  • The Artistic Image will give a free 16×20 print with mounting worth $100.00.

The awards will be distributed based on jurying scores in order of value (i.e., the most valuable award is for the top scoring photographer.  The second most valuable award is for the second-highest photographer, etc.)

Important dates:

female breast with hair over it
Model: Lissa Knudsen
Date and time Event
Midnight, January 15, 2020 Image submission deadline
Midnight, January 31, 2020 Jury response deadline
February 2, 2020 Email about accepted images sent
Midnight, February 19, 2020 Data entry for accepted images
March 11, 2020 4:30pm
Deliver images to the gallery by this date+time
First day of show (March 14, 2020) Opening reception
March 27, 2020 Show ends; pick up images anytime after this that the gallery is open.
April 3, 2020 Images still at the gallery might be disposed of (i.e., pick them up before this!).

All times are Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Image criteria:

nude woman with her arms and legs making a geometric pattern
Model: Mary Jane Monroe
  • The show is about artistic nudes. These images investigate the interaction of light and shape. Composition and aesthetics feature prominently in the images. The focus is not on the person or sexuality, although these topics can still be a part of the resulting image. A Google image search for “artistic nude” shows lots of examples. The Celebrate the Body competition entries include many examples of artistic nudes, although that competition also includes boudoir.
  • Images can be color, monochrome, or any other process.
  • The image must have started with a photograph of a mostly or completely unclothed human adult. Post-processing is allowed.
  • Images can show males, females, or both.
  • Images can be from any time; there is no requirement that they be recent.
  • Models must be at least 18 years old at the time of the photography. Model(s) must have signed a model release. By entering, you acknowledge that you have proof of the model’s age and a signed release. You will deliver copies of these with any accepted images.
  • Images should be artistic and not pornographic.  If you are unsure, please talk to Kenneth ahead of time.
  • Images need to show respect for the model(s).

Image submission for jurying:

woman lying on her side mirroring the curves in the rock
Model: Taz in San Ysidro Canyon
  • You must hold the copyright on the image to enter it.
  • Do not put watermarks, logos, etc on the image. This is to keep the jurying process as anonymous as possible.
  • Submit JPEG images that are under 10MB.
  • Submit up to four images.
  • If you are having a problem meeting the submission deadline, please contact Kenneth.
  • After payment (below), you will be taken to the image submission form.
  • We might use images accepted for the show for promotion and publicity of this show and/or the next show as well. We will always credit your images, and we will not use them in any way other than as described in this call for entries.
  • Do not submit an accepted image from a prior show.  You can submit images that you submitted and were not accepted.
  • The image(s) can have been created any time.

Entry fee:

Human bent over with arms stretched up
Model: Kel Moseley
  • The entry fee is $25.00 plus tax and  credit card processing fees. The total is $27.68.
  • The entry fee covers the gallery rental, cost of the reception, etc. Remember, you keep the whole sale price of your artwork if it sells (less credit card fees).
  • The entry fee is independent of how many images you submit (up to the max of four images).


Jurying will be cooperative. Everybody who enters photos will receive a link with all of the submitted photos and will rate all the photos.  We will announce the results shortly thereafter. A few additional non-photographer jurists will also rate the images to increase the diversity of the responses.

We will be accepting approximately 24 images for the show.

Image data entry

shadow of a nude woman projected on a screen
Model: Ziggy

When you submit your image, you will be asked for:

  • Image title
  • Your artist name (a pseudonym is OK)
  • Your model’s working name (not necessarily his or her real name).  If the model has specifically requested it, you can use “Anonymous”
  • Any hair and make-up artists

When the accepted images are announced, you will need to enter the following information:

  • Image size (width x height, in inches)
  • Printing process
  • Limited edition information, if any
  • Selling price or NFS (not for sale)
  • Optionally, other information about the image, limited to about two sentences.
  • Optionally, your contact information such as email, web, phone, etc
the triangle formed by a woman's arms, legs, and torso
Model: Dahlia Black