Submissions for The Fence are open!

The 5th annual edition of THE FENCE is open for submissions! THE FENCE is an outdoor photography exhibition series with an annual audience of more than 3 million visitors.

Submissions for The Fence are open!

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The 5th annual edition of THE FENCE is open for submissions. THE FENCE is an outdoor photography exhibition series with an annual audience of more than 3 million visitors.

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: March 14, 2016

Inaugurated in 2012 as a sister initiative to Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park, THE FENCE has rapidly expanded its geographical reach, adding a specially curated exhibit at the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston in 2013, and a third location at the Atlanta BeltLine in 2014. In 2015, THE FENCE expanded to Houston, in partnership with the Houston Center for Photography, and in 2016, Santa Fe (New Mexico) joined the growing FENCE family.

Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work that fits under one or more of our 6 thematic categories: Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, and Play.

Once submissions are completed, an international jury of photography professionals will be called upon to review and select 40 photographers whose submitted work exemplifies the essence of “community” across cultural boundaries and geographical lines. The selected projects will be presented in a series of large-scale, curated, outdoor exhibitions across 5 cities in the United States: Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, and Santa Fe.

Over the past 4 years, THE FENCE has consistently attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, giving us an opportunity to share these powerful photographic narratives with a diverse audience of millions of visitors annually, while providing photographers with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities.

The Fence in Brooklyn Bridge Park

THE FENCE was conceived by United Photo Industries and Photo District News in 2011. Over the past 4 years, it has grown and flourished through a series of strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations, which include Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Flash Forward Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and the Houston Center for Photography.

The contest is open to professional and amateur US and international photographers. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. Each photo series entry costs $40. International credit cards are accepted. Each photo series entry must consist of no less than 3 and no more than 6 images. For the 5th edition this year, a $5,000 cash prize for the Jury’s Choice Winner has been added.

In addition to the 5 FENCE exhibitions, there are 3 additional opportunities for photographers from the following regions:

  • Artists who live or work in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, or Connecticut, will be automatically considered for a special presentation as part of the Flash Forward Festival.
  • Artists who live or work in Georgia, will be automatically considered for a special presentation as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival
  • Artists who live or work in New Mexico, will be automatically considered for a special presentation as part of the Santa Fe FENCE exhibition.

The Fence in Boston

The Flash Forward Festival Boston, an extension of The Magenta Foundation’s successful Flash Forward Annual Competition for Emerging Photographers, is set within the Boston cityscape. The four day festival is based out of the Fairmont Battery Wharf, offering an in-depth experience through organized networking events and educational programming along with curated indoor and outdoor exhibitions.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) strives to make Atlanta a leading center for the world’s fastest growing art form. By producing the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States, ACP provides experiences that involve and educate diverse audiences through lens-based media.

ACP is the only organization that supports the multiple levels of Greater Atlanta’s photography community, and promotes them locally, nationally and internationally while at the same time bringing the international photography community to Atlanta. Through the annual October festival and year-round programming, ACP seeks to involve anyone who has taken or shared a photograph, to increase accessibility to the arts, interact with the local community and enrich Atlanta’s cultural offerings. The ACP festival transforms studios, galleries, museums and public spaces into a coordinated cultural experience.

Winners will be selected on or about April 24, 2016 and notified by email shortly thereafter. The list of participating photographers will be posted on this website no later than May 1, 2016. The Boston FENCE will be unveiled in May, the Brooklyn FENCE will be unveiled in June, the Santa Fe FENCE will be unveiled in July, the Atlanta FENCE will be unveiled in August, and the Houston FENCE will be unveiled in November.


United Photo Industries, a NY-based art-presenting organization, brings the photographic community together by presenting photography installations and events in unique locations off-the beaten path where the focus lies in content and is accessible to everyday people from all walks of life.

Launched in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented dozens of public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous agencies and organizations.

Past and present partners include: the NYC Department of Transportation, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Dutch and Namibian Missions to the UN, the NY Department of Parks, the DUMBO BID, the Brooklyn Tourism Company, and numerous arts festivals both domestic and international including the DUMBO Arts Festival (US), the Hamburg Triennial (Germany), the Athens Photo Festival (Greece), the Leiden Photo Festival (Holland), the Shanghai International Photography Festival (China), and the Lishui Photo Festival (China). United Photo Industries is also co-producer of the annual Tokyo International Photography Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

United Photo Industries’ marquee domestic initiative is Photoville – New York City’s premier free photo destination and one of the largest photography events in North America. A modular venue built from repurposed shipping containers, Photoville creates physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact—and for audiences to experience their work. Photoville each year exhibits hundreds of artists, with dozens of exhibitions, talks & workshops, and night-time events in an outdoor beer garden.

For more information about United Photo Industries, visit