Picture the City

The Spring 2022 New New York Academy Photography Competition

“A way of certifying experience, taking photographs is also a way of refusing…”

- Susan Sontag, On Photography, p.10

The departments of Politics and Human Rights and Art and Art History launch a collaborative photography competition open to all majors. The competition is part of this Spring’s “ New New York Academy,” a college-wide, semester-long series of speakers and hands-on workshops focused on the theories and methods of creating a just, inclusive, and life-affirming city.

A Call for Photographic Work to Reveal and Propose Ideas of a New New York City:

Photography renders the present, but also helps us dream. As waves of Covid-19 have left no social system untouched during the last two years, we are prompted to imagine and transform the future. For example,

  • What are we for ?
  • What do we want for our bodies in the reimagined city?
  • How do we want the new city to embrace our identities, our emotions?
  • What does democratizing the city look like? What methods of collective care and action bring us there?

The photo contest is open to all Marymount Manhattan College students registered this Spring. Final photographs will be selected by a committee of current students and alumni of Art and Art History and Politics and Human Rights.

Recognition & Awards:

The first prize winner will receive a $100 cash prize. Honorable mentions will receive a $50 cash prize. The winner and honorable mentions will each have their own feature on our website and will be presented across our social media channels.

The winner, honorable mentions, and the top four finalists will be showcased among entry selections in a digital gallery in May 2022, followed by a group exhibition in the Fall of 2022. Group exhibitors will receive funding to produce their images for presentation.

How to Enter:

  • Submit up to five (5) original photographs taken between March 2020 - April 2022.
  • The deadline to submit the photos is April 2, 2022.
  • Follow instructions below and use Box file upload form: https://mmm.app.box.com/f/9c7abc895b2949599e8ad41de376d0a6 
  • Image Size and Format: Each image must be JPEG and 1,500 px on the longest side with resolution of 72 dpi.
  • Title each image file in the following format before you upload to Box (IMPORTANT): Last name_First name_Photo Title_# of photo in sequence. For example, the file for a submission of one photo by John Doe titled “Future” should be named: Doe_John_Future_1.jpg.
  • Both black and white and color images are eligible.

Deadline and Time Frame:

  • Call for entries open: February 9, 2022
  • Submission deadline: April 2, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Announcement Winner and Honorable Mentions: April 2022
  • Online Exhibition opens: May 2022
  • Gallery Exhibition (Winner and Honorable Mentions): September 2022


Assistant Professor Marnie Brady, Ph.D., Department of Politics & Human Rights