Color Play: Photo Competition and Exhibition

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Color in a photo has its own personality. Choosing the placement and quality of those colors gives the image character and energy. Whether it’s vibrant hues or subtle pastels, the use of color can help tell your story through photography. We invite photographers of all ages and skill levels to submit to DCP’s Color Play call for entry. Show how you utilize color in a powerful way to create emotion, tell a story, and add depth to your photographs.

Images can be abstract, playful, or still life, but all must feature color as a defining characteristic of the frame. Photoshop and other manipulation is allowed but keep it in the background. Let the voice of the photo be the loudest thing in the image, manipulation should play a supporting role.

Selections will be presented in an exhibition in the DCP Gallery in October 2022. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third places in the general category. There’s a youth category! For the youth category, first and second place winners will receive prizes.


July 29 – Call opens
August 25 – Call closes
Week of August 29 – Selections and winners announced
August 30 – October 7 – Delivery of framed artwork
October 20 – In-person gallery reception at DCP
October 20 – November 4 – Exhibition will be open at DCP Gallery



First place: $375
Second place: $250
Third place: $175


First place: $125 plus 30-minute portfolio review with the juror
Second place: $75


General Entry: $35 initial entry fee allows you to submit 1-3 images. Up to 7 additional images can be submitted for $5 per image. Entrants can submit a maximum of 10 images.

Youth Category: If you are under 18 years old, you can enter up to 10 images for $5. Contact us for your promo code.

DCP members receive a 20% discount on the initial entry fee with a promo code: $28 for 1-3 images. Up to 7 additional images can be submitted for $5 per image. Visit this link and login to access your promo code. Haven’t set up your login to our new member portal? Contact us for instructions on getting access. Not a DCP member? Join now!

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