Photo courtesy Sculpture Milwaukee, by photographer Andrew Feller

CoPA + Sculpture Milwaukee Photography Competition Submissions

CHALLENGE: Make a photograph about something, not of something.

The photographer’s goal is to interpret the sculptures—to bring something to the sculpture that’s not already there. The objective view is that the sculptures look the way they look and they’ve already been photographed and chronicled that way. That is not the challenge.

The photographer’s challenge is to convey his or her artistic reaction to the sculptures. What feelings do they evoke? How can the photographer use their own strengths and style—be the genre abstract, portraiture, street, landscape, etc. to capture a feeling about the sculpture and not just an image of it? How can you make it your own?

Performance artist Laurie Anderson once said, “Talking about art is like dancing about architecture.”

CoPA, grab your cameras and dance!


The Marcus Award for Photographic Excellence – One-night stay at a premier downtown Milwaukee Marcus property (The Pfister, Intercontinental or Hilton City Center) plus dinner for two at Pier 106 Seafood Tavern.
Judges – Cassy Scrima, Marcus Corporation, others TBD

The Curator’s Award presented by KEI – an original commissioned painting by Mike Olive of the sculpture that is the subject of the winning photograph and a one-year membership to CoPA.
Judges: Marilu Knode, Sculpture Milwaukee 2018 curator, Chris and Megan Kujawa, KEI (Kujawa Enterprises Inc.)

Viewer’s Choice Award – fine art photographic printing services by Doug Krimmer and StudioMKE, valued at $250, and framing services valued at $250, provided by Creative Enterprises,
Judges: visitors to the competition webpage

Award-winning work will be featured on the CoPA Milwaukee and Sculpture Milwaukee homepages.
All 21 finalists will receive a pair of limited-edition sunglasses courtesy of Sculpture Milwaukee.

Awards Presentation Saturday, October 20, 2018 (Gallery Day) at 10:30A 
The Pfister Hotel

  • Submissions OPENThursday, August 30, 12AM
  • CoPA members may enter up to four pieces.
  • Submissions CLOSE – Saturday, October 4, 11:59PM
  • October 10, 12P / 21 finalists will be announced at designated website TBA. (You must check the website to see whether you are a finalist. There will be no email notification at this phase of the competition. The list of finalists will be published on this website, and linked on CoPA FaceBook.)
  • October 17, 12P Award winners will be notified via email.
  • October 20, Announcements and Awards. Time and location TBD. Award winning photographs will be featured on Sculpture Milwaukee and CoPA homepages.

DISCLOSURE: In blind judging, jurors from the CoPA Board of Directors will select the first round of 50 finalists from all submissions.In blind judging, jurors from CoPA, Sculpture Milwaukee, the Marcus Corporation and Graydient Creative will select 21 finalists from which the individual jurors for each of the three awards above will make their award selections.

(If a CoPA Board member has submitted work, he or she will recuse him or herself from divulging that it is his or her work, and will refrain from judging that work. Likewise, any judge will recuse him or herself from judging any piece of work if he or she is familiar with the photographer who submitted the piece.)

Photographers participating in the Juried Events of this competition agree to allow reproduction privileges of their submitted photography for education, fund raising, or publicity purposes only. By submitting this entry the participant acknowledges their responsibilities.

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT! It is crucial you follow the CoPA naming convention so that we may properly credit your photo to YOU. Photos are separated from the submission form after upload, so simply filling in the form is NOT ENOUGH. For complete instructions and links to how to rename images, please refer to the “How to Submit to a CoPA Exhibition” GoogleDoc.  Thank you.

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