Open Call: Alice Austen’s 3rd Triennial of Photography


Alice Austen House 3rd Triennial of Staten Island Photography

The Alice Austen House is currently accepting photography and multimedia submissions for Ecologies #3. Ecology is the study of the relationships between living things and their changing environments. Looking through the lens of Staten Island residents and outsiders documenting the borough, this juried exhibition will explore contemporary themes and narratives that begin to reveal our evolving responses to the rapidly changing social and natural environment in this complex borough.

Photo by Samuel Partal, Etiolai


Now until January 1st 2023
11:59 PM

Selected Photographers

A shortlist will be honored on our social media and the selected artists will be exhibited in the final exhibition, opening in March in the contemporary galleries of the Alice Austen House museum.

How to Enter

Upload your submissions digitally here:

Submissions close January 1st 2023 at 11:59PM.

Judging Criteria

An expert panel of judges will review and select entries for inclusion in the exhibition to be curated by Paul Moakley and Victoria Munro. 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 must aim to explore contemporary themes and narratives in their work through traditional, digital, and innovative uses of the medium.

Call for entries open
October 1st 2022
Submission Deadline
January 1st 2023 at 11:59PM
Shortlist Announcement
January 2023
Winner Announcement
February 2023
Opening Gala for Alice Austen Triennial of Photography
March 2023

About the Alice Austen House

The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of pioneering American photographer, Alice Austen (1866-1952). The Alice Austen House is a living breathing photographic resource, providing a platform for contemporary photographers to explore Austen’s legacy and make connections to the place she called home.

Gallery of Previous Winners


When do submissions close?

Submissions close on January 1st 2023 at 11:59PM.

What are the restrictions on format and sizes?

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, 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 10 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 ten 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. 

How many images should I submit?

You should submit what you consider to be your best work. 10 max (for each project).

What is an artist statement?

An artist statement addresses the work that you are submitting. It should address the “how,” “what,” and “why” of your work.  Use clear, concise and simple language.

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.

Ecologies #3: The Alice Austen Triennial of Photography is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Richmond County Savings Foundation, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.