This year, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s annual Contemporary Photography Competition and Exhibition garnered 176 submissions from across the country. The winning artists, chosen to showcase photographic narratives through concurrent solo exhibitions, are Christine Elfman and Mark Jayson Quines. Each artist will receive a $5,000 honorarium to aid in the development of a solo exhibition, which will be displayed in the PPAC gallery from December 14, 2017 through February 17, 2018.
Advancing PPAC’s mission to cultivate a more vibrant photography community and showcase a diverse range of artists, the annual Contemporary Photography Competition and Exhibition gives both emerging and established photographers the opportunity to progress their body of work and reach new audiences. This year’s competition was juried by Christopher McCall, Director of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, one of the largest photography-centered exhibition spaces in the world. Earning $5,000 honorariums for production and shipping costs, both Christine Elfman and Mark Jayson Quines will have PPAC’s support as they develop and build upon their winning submissions, which speak to their unique perspectives as artists.