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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Call for Entry: Off the Cuff

Off the Cuff The Spontaneous and Unrehearsed

Mpls Photo Center / Deadline: 11/05/11

Impromptu Ad-Lib, Extemporaneous, Improv, Improvised, Improviso, Off-Hand, Played by Ear, Shot From the Hip, Spur-of-the-Moment, Unpremeditated, Unprepared, Unscripted, Whipped Up and Winged Photography.

Off the Cuff: The Spontaneous and Unrehearsed will demonstrate the complex and varied roles photography employs as a witness and an accomplice in seeing the world. Relating to both the genres of street photography and performance art, these images may collectively portray chance encounters, improvisations, decisive moments in the height of action, and documents of occurrences. Without premeditation, the photographer captures what arises – acting as the mediator between the photograph and events as they unfold.


Mpls Photo Center
2400 North Second Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411


$35 first 5 images, $10 each additional


Open International Call for Entry


Submit your work via the online tool, Smarter Entry System. To submit click on Account Login to begin. Create an account if you don't already have one. Simply pay online then upload your images.

All entries are submitted via our on-line system. When you see the image thumbnail under Submitted Images, you image has been received for the show/contest. You will be able to change an image or add additional information regarding that image, at no cost, by logging into your account. Changes may be made up to the appropriate deadline.

When preparing images for uploading, please adhere to the following file specifications:

sRGB or RGB color space (standard) - NOT CMYK (typically used by printing industry)
Save files to 72 ppi resolution; flatten layers, 8 bit JPEG files (16 bit will not upload.)
Sized to 1,280 pixels on the longest side, the other size width or height proportional
JPG format, compression level 8 (medium). Compression level will not affect the quality of viewed images.
Use period preceding jpg in the file name. Characters (!@#$%^&*()_+) will result in uploading problems.


First Place = $400
Second Place = $300
Third Place = $200
Three Honorable Mentions
(Prizes and Awards include a free Off the Cuff Exhibition Book)


Results Announced: November 13th, 2011

Acceptance: All entrants will receive an e-mail notification. Accepted images will be posted on the Mpls Photo Center's website along with instructions for gallery presentation.

Exhibit Prints: Mpls Photo Center will only accept framed prints with a bright white mat and traditional black wooden or metal frame (nothing ornate). Printing, framing, and shipping/ repacking fees are the responsibility of the exhibiting artist. For the convenience of those not living in Minnesota we offer optional fine art printing and framing services at an additional cost to the photographer. For additional artist information, please contact us at

Contact Information

Abby Rutchick
2400 North Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55411

P: 612-643-3511

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