Photo by Brooke DiDonato
The FENCE, the biggest public art exhibition in North America, is back and better than ever. This year’s outdoor photography installations are set to return to Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, and Santa Fe, and they will also make debuts in Denver, Durham, Sarasota, and Calgary (the first international edition of the FENCE!). The expected turnout for the duration of the shows is six million people, and the combined length of this year’s FENCE exhibitions is 7,000 feet.
Since 2012, The FENCE by United Photo Industries has enriched communities by sharing photography in public spaces. The touring shows, printed beautifully on vinyl mesh and presented across an actual fence, have boosted the careers of passionate journalists and artists with stories to tell. The FENCE 2018 is offering more than $25,000 in prizes, including a $5,000 Project Support Grant and a coveted solo exhibition at Photoville for one Jury’s Choice Winner. Additionally, a People’s Choice Winner will receive Leica Camera Package and Master Class. In total, 80 outstanding photographers will be selected from the pool of submissions. Photographers are welcome to submit in any of the following categories: Creatures, Food, Home, Nature, People, Play, and Streets. All applicants will be considered for all exhibitions.
This year’s all-star jury includes 40 industry leaders, including photo editors from The New York Times, National Geographic, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and other leading publications and institutions. “The FENCE is such a gift to the community,” previous exhibiting photographer Claire Rosen says, “For artists, the exposure is incredible. For the general public, it is wonderful and unexpected to have contemporary artwork so accessible. I love that my work is seen by such a diverse cross section of people.”
The final deadline for submissions to The FENCE is April 10th, 2018, though Early Birds who submit prior to March 13th pay a reduced fee of $35. Photographers are invited to submit up to five images from a series. Submit here.