Cleveland Photo Fest Call for Entry

Cleveland On the Streets

  • | Start Date: 11/1/2023 12:00:00 AM (PT)
  • | End Date: 12/15/2023 11:59:00 PM (PT)
  • | Fee: $10.00 USD per 1
  • | Additional Entries: $10.00 USD per 1
  • | Host: Cleveland Photo Fest

The “streets” have always been an inspiration to photographers.  Photographer’s study and look at our neighborhoods, architecture, bridges, people, narratives, street signs, trains, rivers, and so much more.  The cityscape is unique along with the complex.  It reflects our culture, social issues, and environment.  The Cleveland streets offer the photographer inspiration to present life. 

The Cleveland Photo Fest is looking for unique photography that presents the urban/city scape in and around Northeast Ohio. 

CPF invites your personal experience on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio

Open art call:  Nov. 1, 2023 – Dec. 15, 2023.

Art call open to: EVERYONE

Artistic field:  Photography


Theme:  Cleveland Street photography


Organization:  Cleveland Photo Fest & Tri-C

Gallery/exhibition:   Gallery East at Cuyahoga Community College East Education Center

4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hts, OH 44122

Drop off (hand delivered):  Jan 9th (10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m) & Jan 10th (10:30 a.m - 7 p.m.), 2024.

ALL photographs must be delivered and picked-up from the Gallery East.  The CPF has NO facility to accept photos that are shipped, no space to store any photos that are not picked up on the specified dates.

Opening:  Thur., Jan. 18, 2024 5:00 pm – 7:30 PM. Show runs from Jan. 18 to Feb 15, 2024

Fee:  $10 per entry / limit 4 - NON REFUNDABLE SUBMISSION FEE(S)

Family Friendly

A $100 CASH PRIZE will be awarded the night of the opening for selected People’s Choice photograph.

Photographs need to be FRAMED AND READY TO HANG, no sawtooth.

Size limit:  32” x 40”


Cleveland Photo Fest Call for Entry

CATography Show

  • | Start Date: 4/6/2024 12:00:00 AM (PT)
  • | End Date: 7/9/2024 11:59:00 PM (PT)
  • | Fee: $15.00 USD per 1
  • | Additional Entries: $10.00 USD per 1
  • | Host: Cleveland Photo Fest

Show us Cats in their noblest, most elegant, memorable, and humorous portrait.

We will skip the usual clichés (Scratch around for your best entry!) and instead beseech you to intently consider the CAT essence of Your Best Friend. No credit cards, no staying out late with the boys/girls (well, OK, so they stay out REALLY late), no electronics…just love…their own empty box, and a daily sunbath for an hour or so. If you want to know pure, unadulterated and everlasting LOVE, well, MAYBE, just MAYBE, CAT will provide.


A maximum of 3 images can be submitted. 

1 image $15

Each additional image is $10 

ACCEPTANCE: The exhibition will consist of approximately 60 photographs chosen from submissions. Photographers will be notified of their acceptance approximately two weeks after the submission deadline. Instructions for delivery or shipping of all artwork will be included in the acceptance email. 

AWARDS:  Opening night The People will select their Favorite for an award of $300. The Judges will present Three ‘Too Good Not To Be Mentioned’ $100 awards at the their discretion. All award recipients will be given free entry to a future CPF sponsored exhibition. The exhibition will be curated by internationally exhibited CATographer Anastasia Pantsios, and judged by Barbara Tannenbaum, cat fancier and Cleveland Museum of Art’s Curator of Photography.

IMAGE SUBMISSION FORMATTING: Submissions are ONLY accepted through our online Smarter Entry ™ site in digital files. Please prepare your files as follows:

FILE FORMAT: Images must be saved and submitted as Jpegs.

IMAGE SIZE: Images must be 72 dpi and 1920 pixels or less on the longest side. Images must be 2 MB or less.

FILE NAME: Image Title_by_First Name_Last Name.  For example: You’re Sitting In MY Chair_by_Helene_Frotzmeir.jpg.



R E A D   C A R E F U L LY ! ! !

ALL exhibited portraits MUST conform to gallery standards: 

~ ALL photographic images must be no smaller than 11 x 14 inches and no larger than 16 x 20 inches.

~Alternative process images may be of any size but MUST be framed 16 x 20.

~All images must be professionally framed, either by the photographer or professional framer.

~ALL FRAMES MUST BE 16 x 20 inches

~ALL frames must use UV PLASTIC, not glass. 

~ Frames MUST be black, white or gold, metal or wood is acceptable.

~ Frames MUST be wired for hanging. NO D rings or sawtooth hooks will be accepted.

~ Full frame images are permitted.

Return postage/shipping must be included with your submission.



Photographers who have designated their images for sale to the public will be promptly contacted as to the sale of their work. The CPF will take a 30% commission on all works sold. At the close of the exhibition, all non-sold work will be returned to the artist at their expense.



The artist retains copyright of their own images. Accepted artists grant the Cleveland Photo Fest the non-exclusive right to use, print or reproduce submitted digital files for the purpose of the exhibition, to promote the artist or related CPF programming, and subsequent display on the Cleveland Photo Fest webpage. The artists name and photo title will be included WHENEVER POSSIBLE, wherever the photographs are displayed or published.


DELIVERY INFORMATION will be sent via email upon acceptance.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at