Open Call: Carte Blanche

Image by: Violeta Rodriguez, Notions of Home category finalist  

Open Call: Carte Blanche


Street Photography



Winner will be the photograph with the highest score overall in any category. 

◦ Featured interview on the Lucie Foundation website
◦ Part of Lucie Foundation Online Exhibition for competition
◦ Cash prize $1,000
◦ 16×20″ print of the Award Winning Image from Digital Silver Imaging (printed and shipped worldwide)
◦ Pick of one (1) Lucie Honoree Poster (unsigned edition)


Winners will be the highest score in the remaining categories. Categories remaining will depend on Grand Prize winner. 

◦ Part of Lucie Foundation Online Exhibition for competition
◦ Cash prize $250
◦ 16×20″ print of the Award Winning Image from Digital Silver Imaging (printed and shipped worldwide)
◦ Pick of one (1) Lucie Honoree poster (unsigned edition)


Co-Founder, Humble Arts Foundation  
Content Director at The Luupe

Jon Feinstein is a Jewish photographer, curator and writer. Jon has curated countless exhibitions over 15+ years at galleries and institutions including Photoville; Blue Sky Gallery, PDX; The Ogden Museum in New Orleans for PhotoNola; Glassbox and Photographic Center Northwest Seattle; Colorado Photographic Arts Center; and Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY for ArtBridge. His projects have been featured in Aperture, NY Times, BBC, VICE, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and Feature Shoot, and he’s contributed to VICE, Hyperallergic, Aperture, Photograph, TIME, Slate, GOOD, Daylight, Adobe, and PDN.

Co-Founder and Director STANLEY/BARKER

STANLEY/BARKER is a publishing house founded in London by Rachel and Gregory Barker. From their studio they produce a select list of highly individual publications each year, including Jim Goldberg Fingerprint, Trent Parke Crimson Line and Christopher Anderson SON. STANLEY/BARKER is known for the care and attention to detail applied to each publication, several of which have been selected for awards, including Judith Black Pleasant Street – Shortlisted for the 2020 Paris Photo Aperture Book awards, Sunil Gupta, Christopher Street 1976, Shortlisted for the 2019 Paris Photo Aperture Book awards, The Lucie Photo Book Prize and Les Rencontres d’Arles book Award, and Tod Papageorge Studio 54, shortlisted for the 2015 Paris Photo Aperture Book awards.

Digital Storytelling Manager, The Luupe

Polly Irungu is a multimedia journalist and the founder of Black Women Photographers, a global community and directory of 1000+ Black women and non-binary photographers, and most recently, served as a digital editor at New York Public Radio (WNYC).
As a self-taught photographer, writer, and founder, Polly’s work has been published in numerous publications, including Adobe’s Create Magazine, The New York Times, Reuters, Global Citizen, NPR, BBC News, MEFeater, Refinery29, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, CNN, and others.

In 2017, Polly completed a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Polly has lived around the world from Nairobi to Topeka, Kansas to Eugene, Oregon to Washington, D.C., to Little Rock, Arkansas, and ultimately to Brooklyn, New York.

Currently, Polly is a photo editor fellow at The Intercept. In the winter, Polly will be teaching a course on building community at The International Center of Photography. She will be available for speaking engagements, freelance photo, and written work, as well as social media management and consulting.

Curatorial Assistant, Quantum Art
Senior Editor and Co-Curatorial Director, Humble Arts Foundation

Roula Seikaly is an independent curator and writer, and Senior Editor + Co-Curatorial Director at Humble Arts Foundation. Roula has curated numerous exhibitions over 20+ years at venues including SF Camerawork and SOMArts (San Francisco), Axis Gallery (Sacramento), Filter Photo Festival (Chicago), CPAC (Denver), Blue Sky Gallery (Portland), and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. With Jon Feinstein, Roula was co-awarded the 2019 Curatorial Prize at Blue Sky Gallery for the exhibition An Inward Gaze. Her writing is published virtually and in print at Hyperallergic, Photograph, BOMB, Afterimage, Aperture, Strange Fire Collective, and KQED Arts.

C0-founders, Peanut Press

In 2014, photographers Ashly Stohl & David Carol published their first book, Charth Vader, under the name Peanut Press.  Since then, they have published award-winning monographs and portfolios for over twenty photographers.


Who can apply?
Anyone can apply worldwide. All mediums of photography are acceptable. All submissions must be within the theme: CARTE BLANCHE and fit within the category selected. Those images submitted that do not fall within the theme will not be considered.
Is there a limit to the number of Open Call submissions per artist?
No, you can submit as many images as you would like to however each image is a separate fee.
Is there a submission fee? 
Yes, $20.00 per submission (single image), 20% discount to submit the same image in multiple categories.
What images should I submit?
Submit the best images you feel represent the theme within the category of your choosing.
Does the image I submit need to be created within a specific timeframe?
No, however we do encourage you to submit recent work(s).
How should I prepare my files?
Please prepare your files according to the specifications below:
• JPG only. (NO TIF, GIF, PNG, PDF files will be accepted.)
• 72 DPI
• File should not exceed 4mb
Can I send print materials, books or CD’s?
No, Lucie Foundation accepts online submissions only.
When will the prize winners and finalists be announced? 
Winners and finalists will be announced by end of April.
How will I know if I was selected? 
If you were selected for the Open Call, you will be contacted directly through the email which you provided in the submission form. The finalists will also be announced via the Lucie Foundation newsletter, website, and social media. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, we are not able to notify if you were not selected.


March 31st

(cut off time, 12 midnight ET)


The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of photos entered in to the competition. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer. Any photograph used by Lucie Foundation shall carry the photographer’s credit line and will not be used for any other purposes other than the exhibition and promotional material for the exhibition including online and through social media and email newsletters. Images may be displayed on the Lucie Foundation website and social media platforms for promotion of the Open Call.
For additional questions, please contact: