Favorite Places: A Juried Photography Competition

Preservation Worcester is accepting entries for a juried competition to select a photographer to create a set of digital photographs, each capturing a leading Worcester citizen together with his or her favorite Worcester historical building. 

Competition open to photographers of all ages 

Entry Deadline:  Friday August 11, 2017 

Competition notification: Friday, August 18, 2017

$300.00 Honorarium to Competition Finalist

Working from a pre-selected list of citizens and their favorite buildings, provided by Preservation Worcester, the selected photographer will produce twenty images (digital files only), each to be printed and framed by Preservation Worcester.  The photographs will be shown as a group in a series of four consecutive neighborhood exhibits, entitled Favorite Places

The first exhibit will open November 15, 2017.  All exhibit locations have not yet been determined, but two of the four locations are a display window in the former Denholms Department Store, now the USPS location, downtown on Main Street, and the Sprinkler Factory Galleries, 38 Harlow Street.  More on exhibit locations to be announced.

After all four exhibits have closed, each person photographed with a favorite building will receive a framed original print of the image.  In addition, all twenty photographs will be posted as a long-term “virtual” Favorite Places Exhibit on Preservation Worcester’s website. 


Each submitted image is to be a portrait of a person in an architectural setting, exterior or interior.  Both the person and the building are to be considered major subjects of the images (in keeping with the Favorite Places theme of the planned exhibition of photographs portraying leading Worcester citizens with their favorite buildings.) 


Complete the provided entry form and submit it with images and payment to Preservation Worcester on or before 5 PM, Friday, August 11, 2017.  Entrants must submit three photographs per entry.  A $25 non-refundable entry fee payable to Preservation Worcester (cash, check, credit card or money order) is to be submitted with entry. 

  • Submit Digital Images Only

All entries must be high resolution digital images in TIF or JPG format.  No slides or photographic prints will be accepted.  Submitted image files must be clearly identified to include the name of the photographer and the subject of the photograph. 

  • How to Submit Images and Entry Form

Email digital images and completed entry form to: deborah.packard@preservationworcester.org

or submit digital images and completed entry form by mail, or in person, on a CD that is clearly marked with the entrant’s name.  

  • Payment of Entry Fee

Payment of the entry fee may be made with a credit card by telephone by calling 508-754-8760. If paying by check or money order, please mark it “Favorite Places Entry” and mail it to: Favorite Places, Preservation Worcester, 10 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609.  Payments of all types may be made in person to Preservation Worcester at the 10 Cedar Street address.


Luis Fraire – Gallery Manager, The Sprinkler Factory

Fraire manages The Sprinkler Factory, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to nurturing and promoting the visual and performing arts communities of Central Massachusetts. He also exhibits his own artwork and plays music in several different organizations. 

Andrew Shveda – Architect

Shveda is an architect and avid photographer.  He serves as chair of the Worcester Historical Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors of Preservation Worcester.

James Welu – Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum

Welu became Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum in 2011 after serving as director for 25 years. A specialist in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, Welu has published and lectured widely and organized a variety of exhibitions.  He served as president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and chair of the Accreditation Commission of the American Alliance of Museums.  Welu is active in the Worcester community serving on a number of boards including Preservation Worcester.


The competition finalist will be notified on August 18, 2017.  Preservation Worcester will supply the selected photographer with a list of twenty Worcester citizens, who have agreed to be the subjects of the photographs, and who have selected a favorite building.  The photographer will photograph each citizen with his or her selected building, thinking of it as a sort of dual portrait that seeks to highlight the character of both the person and building.  The photographer, working together with Preservation Worcester, will select the best photograph of each person-building pair – producing a set of twenty digital photographs, one per individual.  The photographer will be responsible for digitally adjusting the images to his/her preference in preparation for final photographic printing. 

The cost of printing and framing the images is to be covered by a grant to Preservation Worcester from the Worcester Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  The same frame and mat design will be used for all twenty photographs.  The resulting matted and framed images will be shown in a series of four consecutive Worcester exhibits, entitled
Favorite Places, to be held in 2017 and 2018.  The photographer will be an active participant in the hanging of the photographs for the exhibits.  The opening of the first exhibit will take place November 15, 2017.  Exhibit locations are to be announced. 

After the four-exhibit series has ended, a framed photograph will be presented to each of those who posed with their favorite building.  To keep the show available to the public, all twenty Favorite Places photographs will be posted on Preservation Worcester’s website as a long-term “virtual” exhibit. 

The competition finalist will receive at $300 honorarium, a year’s membership to Preservation Worcester, listing on Preservation Worcester’s on-line Consultant’s Directory, and a copy of the publication Worcester’s Best.


Preservation Worcester reserves the right to photograph and/or reproduce digital images of works selected for the Favorite Places exhibitions for any related or educational use.  Parties interested in purchasing works included in the exhibitions will be directed to the artist.  Preservation Worcester is not a sales venue.


Submission to the competition constitutes agreement on the part of the photographer to all of the conditions set forth in this prospectus. 


Friday, August 11, 2017: Entry deadline

Friday, August 18, 2017: Notification of jury decision

Friday, October 13, 2017: Photographs chosen for exhibit delivered

Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Exhibition opening reception

January 2018: Dismantle Exhibition

2018 dates to be decided: Consecutive Exhibits in three Worcester neighborhoods

For more information: write info@preservationworcester.org or call 508-754-8760.

Click Here to download the application and entry form.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency,which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.