As of Friday, May 29th we have finalized our selection of the contest's 25 semi-finalists. We are sorry to say, if you haven’t heard from us stating otherwise, you have not been selected as a semi-finalist for this contest. Everyone who applied should be proud of their work, we commend you, and we hope you continue to find inspiration. It was not an easy decision. For our full statement on this as well as a link to additional resources in support of Artists affected by the pandemic can be found HERE.
Initially it was our intention to directly inform those applicants who were not selected as semi-finalists in a more personal manner, then continue with the next stages of the contest. However, current events have rightfully refocused many of our thoughts, intentions, and actions.
The anti-racist protests around the world are a vital response to this country's systemic, institutional, psychological, and cultural violence against Black people — a violence this country was shamefully built on . While we believe supporting artists with this contest is important and timely, we also believe the anti-racist movement takes precedence right now. This movement is an essential action necessary for dismantling the institutionalized racism and systems of oppression woven into the fabric of this nation. As such, we do not want this contest to impede any of the semi-finalists, judges, or members of the Circadian Pictures team from focusing their thoughts and energy on this crucial matter if they so choose. Therefore, we will be postponing the next stages of the judging process and the announcement of the grand-prize winner and the runner(s)-up until a later time.
Due to the ongoing civil unrest and the uncertainty of the situation, we cannot provide a specific timeline at this point. Though, to be clear, this contest is not canceled, and the funds will still be awarded. We will post updates when we have them and inform the semi-finalists and judges directly.
It is time now to protest, to give, to learn/unlearn, to amplify Black voices, and to listen. In support, we’ve aggregated lists of Educational Resources & Information and Where to Donate, which you can access by clicking the link below.
Stay safe & healthy, continue to wash those hands, and never forget that Black Lives Matter!
We will be giving a total of $15,000 to worthy visual artists, including $10,000 to fund one grand-prize winner’s proposed still photography project. Our hope is that this will help bring some financial support to the winners and, more importantly, creative motivation and inspiration to all that apply.
It is in that spirit that we created the 2020 Circadian Pictures Creative Fund — a contest actively seeking proposals for personal still photography projects that exhibit originality, creativity, resourcefulness, and a strong artistic perspective. The project should be designed to be executed while adhering to social distancing best practices and maintaining health and safety standards.
We’re experiencing a shared tragedy, but one that affects us all differently. It's bigger than "weird times". It's a moment filled with fear, uncertainty, and loss. It is simultaneously personal and communal.
Personal and communal may not be words that are often associated with most businesses, but here at Circadian Pictures we actively strive not to be “most businesses.” We are a small business of passionate individuals, a business that lives at the intersection of art & commerce, and one that prides itself on its sense of community. For years, we’ve had the privilege of making our living by helping great artists make great work. We miss that, but we’ve realized that while commerce has stopped for us and many others, that doesn’t mean we have to stop doing what we love — helping artists bring their visions to life.
Please help spread the word, good luck, and wash your hands!
We are honored to have a highly accomplished group of industry professionals who, along with the Circadian Pictures team, will be making up the CPCF2020 panel of judges. Get to know the industry professionals HERE.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND D.C., 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. For full eligibility requirements and other terms and conditions, please review the Official Rules.
To apply you will need to fill out the Online Application Form. The form will also prompt you to upload a signed copy of the License and Release, an Application PDF, and a Résumé. Your Application PDF should include all of the prompts outlined in the Application PDF instructions page (see link below). All proposals must be original work created for the purpose of this contest. Please do not submit any projects you have previously started or completed.
Do not submit multiple application forms or incomplete applications. Make sure all uploaded materials are in PDF format and follow the file naming guidelines outlined on the application form.
The submission period begins May 1st, 2020. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59pm PT on Sunday, May 24th, 2020. By submitting an application, you are indicating that you have read, fully understood and unconditionally agree to the Official Rules, and that your application complies with all requirements in the Official Rules.
Whether you weren't able to apply to the contest because you were ineligible, you just didn't hear about the contest until it was too late, or any other reason, we're sorry we missed you on this one! We'd still love for you to fill out the form below so we can add you to the Circadian Pictures rolodex. That goes for non-photographers who are interested in collaborating with us as well. If you fill out the Rolodex Form, we can update you on future contests and keep you in mind for upcoming Circadian Pictures projects!