DOD: Photo Contest

DAF and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) are pleased to present our 4th annual Doors Open Denver Photography Competition, Y/OUR Denver. This is your opportunity to find and photograph your favorite areas of Denver and enter your images into a juried competition. This call is looking for all forms of architectural imagery: black & white, color, exterior, interiors and detail shots. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. Thirty images will be selected to be showcased on the DAF and CPAC websites in an online exhibition from December 7, 2021 through February 28, 2022. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best in Show, Exterior, Interiors and Detail. Find upload tips here and submit your photos by October 28 via CaFÉ.

Applicant Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Notice of Acceptance: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Online Exhibition Dates: December 7, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Exhibition Juror: Samantha Johnston
Fees: Free
Upload Limit: 3 images

Best in Show
30-minute portfolio review with Samantha Johnston
CPAC individual membership
DAF family membership
Copy of Guide to Denver Architecture
DAF T-shirt

Exterior, Interiors & Detail (one prize per category)
CPAC individual membership
DAF family membership
Copy of Guide to Denver Architecture
DAF T-shirt

Samantha has been the Executive Director and Curator at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center since 2015. She holds a certificate in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design, and a BFA from Alfred University. Prior to joining CPAC, she taught photography and visual arts for 12 years at high schools in Boston and Denver.

She has curated exhibitions with contemporary artists such as Jess T. Dugan, Daniel Coburn, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, and Zora Murff. Samantha has served as a reviewer at Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, PhotoPlus New York, Photolucida, Medium, Month of Photography (MoP), and Filter. She has juried several exhibitions including Critical Mass and The Fence.

She is a longtime member of the Society for Photographic Education, and served as Treasurer of the Southwest region from 2013-2016 and Co-Chair of SPE’s 2013 Southwest regional conference in Denver. She was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Creatives 3.0 by Westword and has been featured in Lenscratch.

Entry is open to Colorado residents, age 18 or older.
The following media are eligible: film; scanner; screen-capture; digital camera; and any means of mobile photography. No video submissions allowed.

Photos are not limited to Doors Open Denver 2021 open sites, but must be sites within the City of Denver. (Please be aware that some sites have restrictions on interior and/or exterior photography, so please ask first.) In the title, please list the location of the photograph in Denver.

Please use the Call for Entry Media Prep for image upload guidelines. If you have any questions about the guidelines please call 303-837-1341 or email

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  • Everyone who submits will receive an email notification, including which images were accepted for the online exhibition, if any.
  • By providing your email address, you agree to receive updates about DAF’s and CPAC’s programs, events and news.
  • Upon your acceptance, the work will be shown on the DAF & CPAC websites.
  • Your entry constitutes understanding and agreement with the terms & conditions outlined in this prospectus.

Each artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the online exhibition grant the Denver Architecture Foundation and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting DAF’s and CPAC’s programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on DAF’s and CPAC’s websites of current and past exhibitions, and represents that the artist created the image and has the right to make this grant of use. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for the Denver Architecture Foundation and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center with artist credit. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from DAF or CPAC.

Image: Scott Miller, Crossed Paths, Grand Prize, Doors Open Denver 2020 Photo Competition, Y/OUR Denver.