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Having reviewed hundreds of portfolios over the years, the Photographer's Showcase jury has noted a few issues commonly seen among portfolios. Looking over this list before submitting your work should help you to avoid these pitfalls.

-Edit your work. We cannot stress how important this step is in the photographic process — it often can be the hardest and can make or break a project. Each image should add to the over-all success of the portfolio and should result in a strong, cohesive body of work. Attention paid to the sequencing of your images should help with this process.

-Do not mix bodies of work or submit sample packs of images. If you have several projects that you would like to submit to the jury, please separate the work into multiple portfolios. The Photographer's Showcase jury is not looking for a series of unrelated greatest shots, but well-rounded bodies of work.

-Generally, the Photographer's Showcase jury likes to see portfolios contain between 10-20 images to show that your project is well explored or growing.

-Mixing color and black & white images in a single portfolio is a tricky process and can often be distracting, making your project appear unfocused. If you choose to mix color and black & white images, do so with care.

-The Photographer's Showcase jury recommends viewing portfolios on the Showcase before applying. This should give you a good sense of the qualities that we look for in a portfolio. Do note that out of respect to artists currently on the Showcase, we will not accept work with themes or styles too similar to what is already represented.

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