Every year we receive questions regarding submissions and payment. Please take a moment to see if your question is answered below. If you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us at onward[dot]basho[at]gmail[dot]com (please replace [dot] with a period and [at] with the @ symbol).


Q: I’m not sure if I am an “emerging” photographer, how can I tell if I am eligible to enter?

A: By “emerging” we simply mean photographers that have something new and exciting to share. It does not matter if you are 80 or 18 years of age, we just want to see work that speaks to your particular vision. As long as you have not had previous commercial gallery representation or are under a contractual agreement with another gallery, you are welcome to submit.


Q: I had a group exhibition or a solo show at a commercial gallery. Am I qualified to enter ONWARD?

A: Having an exhibition at a commercial gallery does not necessarily mean that you are represented by them. Representation means that a gallery carries your work all the time and is actively showing your work to their clients.


Q: I am confused about what “medium” my work is in, can you explain this a bit more?

A: Medium simply refers to what printed form your photographs will be in. If you shot the photographs on black and white film, but then printed them with an inkjet printer, the medium is “inkjet print”. If you shot your photographs with a digital camera but then had a digital c-print made, the medium is “digital c-print”. Here is some further explanation:

  • Silver print or gelatin silver print: a traditional b&w print
  • Chromogenic print or c-print: a traditional color print printed with an enlarger
  • Inkjet print: digital prints made with an inkjet printer
  • Digital c-print: traditional color print printed from a digital file
  • For any other processes such as historical processes, please specify.


Q: Are photographs containing tasteful nudity or other subject matter that might be perceived as controversial acceptable to submit?

A: As long as the photographs are tasteful and not blatantly exploitative or overtly offensive, such material is acceptable.


Q: How exactly do I fill out the online submission form correctly?

A: Step 1: About you – Fill out each of the fields with the appropriate information. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Step 2: About Your Work – This is where you will upload your images. Choose how many images you would like to submit. It is $40 for the first 3 and an additional $10 for each image after that. The total number of images you can submit is 5. Add the title, medium, image size, and framed size in the fields. Framed size does not need to be exact at the time of submission, however it is important to give a close estimate as to the size your photograph will be when it is printed. Once you have added the necessary fields and attached your images, hit the “Next Page” button at the bottom.

Step 3: Signature – Check the box to agree that you have read and agree to the eligibility and terms and conditions. Entering the date and clicking “Submit” is your “electronic signature”.

Step 4: Checkout – This is where you will pay for your entry. Your submission will not be processed until the payment is made and received. Methods of accepted payment are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or PayPal. Be sure to include your email address at the bottom of this page to receive confirmation receipt.


Q: Can I pay by check?

A: While we prefer to receive payment through the online form at the time of submission, we do allow you to pay by check. Simply follow the normal steps on the online submission form. Fill out the About You (1), About Your Work (2), and Signature (3) pages normally. When you get to the Checkout (4) page simply stop there and send us an e-mail at onward[dot]basho[at]gmail[dot]com. This will allows us to track and fully process your submission when we receive your check.

Checks are payable to Project Basho and should be sent to:

Onward Photography Competition
Project Basho
1305 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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