The Alice Austen House will host Staten Island’s 2nd Triennial of Photography, to be exhibited October-December 2019. The exhibition, Deliberate Acts, inspired by the writing of Audre Lorde, former Staten Island resident and celebrated Black, Lesbian Feminist, Writer and Activist will attempt to uncover the state of contemporary photography on Staten Island and showcase a borough that is often under-represented citywide. Featuring photography by Staten Island residents and others looking at the borough, this juried exhibition will aim to find contemporary themes and narratives that photographers are currently exploring in their work through traditional, digital, and innovative uses of the medium. 

Deliberate Acts: The Alice Austen Triennial of Photography

The shortlist will be announced here on September 3rd, 2019 at 5pm.



How to Enter

To enter your work, please enter in one of two ways:
1. Create an account at Picter. 
2. Submit your work through our Picter Contest Page.
Submissions emailed without paying the submission fee and/or with a submitted submission form will not be considered.

Judging Criteria

An expert panel of judges will review and select entries for inclusion in the exhibition to be curated by the staff of the Alice Austen House. Entries should be taken by photographers who are from or reside in Staten Island, or if taken by photographers outside of Staten Island, should be about Staten Island. Entries should aim to explore contemporary themes and narratives in their work through traditional, digital, and innovative uses of the medium.


Featured Work

Finalists will be exhibited in the final exhibition, titled Deliberate Acts, open from October-December in the contemporary galleries of the Alice Austen House museum. Selected shortlist artists will receive exposure on our social media and website on September 3rd.

Terms and Conditions

The Triennial Call for Entries is open July 16th, 2019 – August 11th, 2019. All entries must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for review. Artists are responsible for printing accepted images. The museum will provide framing materials and service for installation. Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the entrant. By entering the entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that he or she has full power and authority to enter the photograph, and that the photograph does not infringe any copyright or violate any other intellectual property rights. The entrant agrees to indemnify Friends of Alice Austen from any and all third party claims arising from the photograph. Entries that do not meet guidelines will not be considered.


When do submissions close?

Submissions close on Sunday August 11th, 2019 at 5:00pm.


What are the restrictions on format and sizes?

Picter allows uploads of all image and video files. Images should be 3000px on the longest side, and saved as a JPEG at 72DPI.

What if I plan to submit a paper application or physical work?

Please contact the museum to schedule a time to drop-off these materials. If arranged before the submission deadline (08/11 at 5:00pm), there will be a grace period for accepting materials.

I have more than one body of work. How do I submit this?

Each person is limited 20 images per submission but can submit multiple applications. Please be sure to address each body of work in your artist statement.


How many images can I submit?

You can submit up to twenty images in each project. These may be single images or a series.

Do I have to be a Staten Islander to qualify? Does the work have to be taken on Staten Island?

No, we are looking for work made about Staten Island if you are not a resident. This is a pretty loose interpretation. Any themes relating to contemporary happenings on the Island will qualify. 

I live or work on Staten Island – can I submit work on anything?

Yes, you are looking at the world through the lens of a Staten Islander. This means your work qualifies.  



Can I apply if I'm a student?



Can I apply if I was featured in or applied to the last Triennial?



How many images should I submit?

You should submit what you consider to be your best work. 20 max (for each project).



What is an artist statement?

An artist statement is a short statement that addresses the work that you are submitting. It should address the “how,” “what,” and “why” of your work.  Use clear, concise and simple language. This should be limited to 250 words.



What is an artist’s biography?

An artist biography tells about us you as a photographer. Please be sure to list any formal or informal training, degrees, awards, and exhibition history.

How do I contact you?

Contact the museum at or at 718-816-4506 if you have any questions about the application process.
If there are technical issues during the submission process, please notify us by phone or email in advance of the deadline. We will work with you to resolve all outstanding concerns in advance of the juror review process. 
Deliberate Acts: The Alice Austen Triennial of Photography is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


  • Image credit: Stephen Obisanya