Portfolio Reviews

Behance Portfolio Reviews The Behance network teams with Meetup to host portfolio reviews in multiple cities around the world. They are networking events as much as reviews from professionals. There are some happening in New York and New Jersey this week, November 4-11.

CENTER’s Review Santa Fe is an annual, two-day networking and photography review session. One hundred photographers are selected to show portfolios and receive feedback. The cost is $695 for members, and $745 non-members. There are payment plans and scholarships available through CENTER.

Texas Photo Roundup is a fairly new, three-day  review in Austin, Texas. You can sign up for 20-minute one-on-one meetings with art buyers, and photo editors. Your ASMP membership can come in handy for a discount. (Austin Center for Photography members get a discount, too). Details about the 2014 Roundup are scheduled to be released in November.

New England Portfolio Reviews are sponsored by the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. Usually held in the summer in Massachusetts, rates differ for museum members and non-members, but the reviews are priced between $40 and $65 per review, with rates decreasing as you sign up for more reviews. You can request meetings with specific reviewers.

Palm Springs Festival Portfolio Review is part of the Palm Springs Photo Festival. More than 1,000 reviews with industry professionals will be offered during the week. Prices vary, but start at $250 for 5 reviews, with a 10% discount for 10 or more reviews. Reviewers vote on the work they see and award  a review “winner” at the end of the festival.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Portfolio Reviews offers a Portfolio Walk for all participants, where anyone in attendance can stroll through and see the work from artists being reviewed. This is in addition to the portfolio reviews, held in summer.

Medium Festival of Photography, Eye to Eye portfolio reviews, held in San Diego. There is already a wait list going for 2014, but if you’re interested in having your work exhibited or collected, this review is a good choice. The price isn’t listed, but they provide a workshop about preparing your portfolio as part of the festival.

PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review is held in December every year in conjunction with the PhotoNOLA conference. Registration opens in September and is open to about 70 photogs. The cost is $500, with a guarantee of eight reviews. The reviewers include the Director of Photography at CNN, a FotoFest board member, gallery owners, private collectors and museum curators.

The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) hosts speed-dating-like portfolio reviews, by chapter. Join ASMP and you can be part of the hour and a half long member reviews. Some chapters allow non-members to watch reviews of other portfolios.

New York Photo Review (sponsored by New York Times Lens Blog). Last year, the application process began in January and the review was held in April. One hundred and sixty photographers were chosen, based on submitted portfolios, and 60 photography professionals reviewed their work. Saturday is for photographers over 21, and Sunday is just geared toward young photographers, ages 18-27. No word yet on this year’s portfolio review, but check the Lens Blog for updates.

FotoFest Biennial International Meeting Place Portfolio Review claims to be the largest portfolio review in the world, with over 500 photographic artists and 160 professional reviewers. Their next review is March 15 to April 2, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

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