Call for Photographers: “IN PROTEST: GLOBAL ACTIVISM” Exhibit

Entry Deadline: 8/31/24
Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $35.00
Entry Fee (Student Entry Fee): $25.00
Media Fee(Additional Media Fee): $5.00

Work Sample Requirements 

Images | Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Total Samples | Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Eligibility: International
Event Dates: 10/3/24 – 12/3/24

Jury Dates: 7/31/24 – 9/8/24

The Chicago Center for Photojournalism (CC4PJ) proudly announces “IN PROTEST: GLOBAL ACTIVISM” an international juried photo exhibition—a visual dialogue on the history of people in protest. We welcome photographers worldwide to submit photographs that depict the spirit of questioning the status quo for consideration in this thought-provoking and timely exhibition. Whether you have documented local grassroots movements, nationwide protests, or individual acts of resistance, we are keen to explore the unique stories you have to share at this unprecedented moment in our history.

Timed with the 2024 USA presidential election, “IN PROTEST” is a testament to the resilience of the people who drive nations forward. It signals the collective power inherent in democracy, and the shared responsibility in shaping our destiny, and honors the photographers who bravely tell their stories.

Join us in this visual dialogue, highlighting the diverse movements that have shaped the socio-political landscape and the myriad of causes that have sparked passionate calls for transformation.

The juror will select two sets of images. All images selected for the Exhibition Gallery will hang in our physical gallery in Chicago, IL for the duration of the exhibit, while more will be selected for the Online Gallery.

The Chicago Center for Photojournalism (CC4PJ) is located in Uptown, Chicago, a vibrant and diverse neighborhood known for its rich history of multi-racial organizing and resistance. Our mission is to celebrate, preserve, and teach photojournalism, emphasizing the importance of visual storytelling in shaping societal narratives. We foster community engagement and empower underrepresented voices, creating a stronger, more inclusive field of photojournalism. Through exhibitions like “IN PROTEST: GLOBAL ACTIVISM,” we strive to highlight the critical role of photojournalism in documenting and inspiring social change.


Denise Keim is a celebrated social documentary photographer with 33 years of experience in portraiture. A Fulbright scholar in Poland, she brings a global perspective to her work. As the Founder of the Chicago Center for Photojournalism (CC4PJ) in Uptown, Chicago, she champions street photography and photojournalism. Her work has appeared in major publications in New York City and Chicago and has been published in numerous books and periodicals and exhibited internationally. With 15 years as a photography professor and community arts educator, Denise continues to inspire and educate. CC4PJ offers educational programs, workshops, and exhibitions that celebrate visual journalism. Denise’s dedication to community engagement and empowering underrepresented voices makes her an invaluable juror for this exhibition.

Application Requirements

·      Submit up to 5 photographs (black & white or color)

·      Digital image files should be high-resolution and approximately 4500 pixels (15 inches) on the longest side at 300 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution. We will accept smaller high-resolution files for images requested to be printed smaller for exhibition purposes.

·      Each image file should be labeled: year made – last name – first name – 01 (example: 1968-Balterman-Lee-01.JPG, 1968-Balterman-Lee-02.JPG, 1968-Balterman-Lee-03.JPG).

·      Submit a short bio and context around the photographs with dates, locations, and circumstances then and now (if possible).

Important Dates

·      Submission Deadline: August 31, 2024, Midnight CST

·      Notification of Acceptance: September 8, 2024

·      Delivery of Selected Artworks: September 25, 2024

·      IN PROTEST Gallery Exhibition: October 1 – December 3, 2024

Eligibility Criteria

·      Open to photographers worldwide.

·      All submitted images must be original works created by the photographer.

·      Student photographers are encouraged to submit.

·      18 years or older