Moritz Neumuller’s January blog entry on the most important photography portfolio review sessions of 2011/2012 is a great resource for amateur and professional photographers alike. The blog features portfolio reviews from some of the leading photography festivals in the world including the Format International Photography Festival, UK; Photolucida, Portland; The ScotiaBank Contact Photography Festival, Toronto; Fotofestiwal, Poland, PhotoEspana, Spain; The Rencontres d”Arles, France and many others.
“Just in time for the New Year, I have prepared a list of 2011′s most important Photography Portfolio Reviews, 24 in total, plus 4 more in 2012 (because they are biennial).
The Reviews are ordered by date of the event, not the deadline for submission. Some reviews accept submissions until a few days before the event (such as Lodz), others close the call many months before (such as Houston Foto Fest), so please have a close look at that.
The reviews can be very different as for the number of participants, the profiles of the reviewers, the fee and how many reviews you get for it. This last criterion is reflected by the Price/Review Ratio, calculated in Euros, at the current exchange rates. The best rate this year could be achieved by the Portfolio Reviews in Cork, Irland (sorry, submission is already closed), with a value of 3,33 Euros, thanks to the support of their sponsors, Culture Ireland, the Polish embassy and the Crawford Art Gallery.
Generally speaking, Portfolio Reviews in the US are by far more expensive than in Europe and the rest of the world. The reason for this seems to be that they are more established and valued as an important career step there, thus American photographers are willing to pay the price. They might also be more “successful” because American photography professionals come to these reviews explictly in order to find new talents, to exhibit, publish or even buy works.” Continue reading the article here