Call for Images: Documenting the Transition from Trump to Biden

Help Us Tell the Story of the Presidential Transition

We’re looking for images that tell the story of the end of the Donald Trump presidency and the beginning of the Joe Biden – Kamala Harris administration. Photos taken between Oct. 1, 2020 and Jan. 21, 2021 are eligible for consideration. We’re looking for anything that helps tell the story of the transition of power — from early voting and election day to the day Joe Biden and Kamala Harris clinched their victory, through Trump’s last day in office and inauguration day. The images can show protests, celebrations, quiet moments of reflection, joy, anger, relief and any emotion in between. They can be color or black and white and can be taken anywhere in the U.S.

Selected images will be published in our book, “Transition: The End of an UnPresidented Four Years.” They may also be exhibited at the Focus on the Story International Photo Festival and published in our festival catalog and annual “best of” book.

Support the Kickstarter

We are funding the book through a Kickstarter campaign; Please support the campaign to make this book a reality! Check out the Kickstarter here.

Entries EXTENDED to January 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Submit via LensCulture

This competition is hosted in an agreement between LensCulture and Focus on the Story.

By entering this contest you acknowledge you have read the terms and conditions.

Once you click the “enter” button, you will be redirected to the LensCulture website so that you can sign up for an account and submit your entry through the online entry portal.

Open to Documentary, Photojournalism and Street Photography

Focus on the Story will select the images included in the book. Focus on the Story will evaluate entries on how well they tell the story of the transition, capturing America’s hope for a better way forward, while recognizing the deep divisions that will linger long after Trump leaves the White House. About 50 percent of the images will focus on the days around the inauguration, while the other 50 percent of the images will focus on events between Oct. 1 and Jan. 6.

In addition to being published in Transition, select images may be featured in an outdoor installation at Focus on the Story 2021 and in a virtual gallery.

This call is open to documentary, photojournalism and street photography. The creation of the photos and the photos, themselves, should comply with the ethical guidelines of the National Press Photographers Association ( Photos should not be staged and no people or objects may be digitally added, rearranged, reversed, distorted or removed from a photograph.

How we will use your images

The full terms and conditions are here. Please be sure to read them before submitting.

Our primary goal is to curate images to be published in a photo book. Some of the images may also be exhibited at the Focus on the Story International Photo Festival to be held in June 2021 in Washington, D.C., as well as published in the festival catalog and an annual “best of” book.

By answering this open call, you are giving us permission to use your photo(s) in that book and exhibition, which may be both a physical installation, as well as a virtual one.

You are also giving us permission to post your photo(s) on our social media accounts – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We may do this to help promote the Kickstarter and open call, as well as to recognize the images selected for the book and to promote the book. You can see examples of how we do this here, here and here. Some of these posts are promoted through Facebook’s “sponsored post” option.

You are also giving us permission to publish your photo in our festival catalog. You can see our 2020 catalog here. Select images may also be published in a “best of” book.

We may also use your photos to promote future open calls that we host. One way we might do that is to use your image in a slider image, like here or here, or in an email promoting the next open call, or in a video that recognizes your work, like here.

We make no claims on your copyright and if we use your image, it will only be in the ways described in the terms and conditions. We are obsessive about crediting photographers, so whenever possible, and it’s almost always possible, we’ll credit you and link back to your website or social media account.

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