Call for Entry: Format Picks May

Submit your art or photography to this month's Format Picks for a chance to win one of two $250 prizes.


Format Picks is our monthly contest series. Launched in February 2018, it’s an open call for creative work of all kinds, always free to enter. At the beginning of every month, we’ll announce a new theme for you to interpret.

So far, we’ve asked our community to submit work around the themes of the color red, self portraiture, and the city.

May’s contest theme

This month, the theme for Format Picks is the environment.

Now that summer is finally (almost) here, we’re thinking about the ways we relate to the environment around us, and how art can explore that relationship.

Creative work can document the ways industry and climate change are currently impacting the natural world, as well as imagine new ways that we could interact with the environments around us. We’re especially looking for visual work that goes beyond typical nature photos or sketches for a thoughtful exploration of the environment.

What to submit

You can submit work in the form of photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, GIF, digital illustration, or any other visual medium you choose. Entry is limited to one image per person.

Images should preferably be a minimum of 1200 pixels wide and 72 dpi resolution. JPG or PNG files are best. Please include your first and last name in the file name of your submission.

Your submission should also include a brief statement on how your work relates to the theme of the environment.

The prize

This month, we’ll select one Format Picks winner who will receive a $250 USD award. The winner will also be featured in a Format Magazine article highlighting their work. There will also be one Audience Choice winner chosen by votes from the community. This winner will also receive a $250 USD award and be featured in Format Magazine. Last month, we highlighted winners Amritha Vadi and Patricio Jose Morocho for their thoughtful images exploring the theme of city space.

How to submit

Click the link below and fill out the form to submit your work. The deadline for entries is May 31st, 11:59 pm EDT.

Click here to submit to Format Picks

Once your art is submitted, it will appear in the entry gallery here, where the community will be able to vote on their favorite entries. The entry with the most votes will win the Audience Choice prize, so be sure to check back during the month of April to cast your vote for your favorite work.

You can toggle between viewing the most popular submissions and the latest submissions in the gallery below, so remember to have a look at the latest images before casting your vote. Voting will close at 6:00 pm EDT on June 1st. You can vote for as many entries as you like.


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