Juried photobook retreat with Matt Black, Sabiha Çimen, Jason Eskenazi, Mona Kuhn, Rahim Fortune, Mimi Plumb and more
3 January 2022
7:59 AM

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The Charcoal Publishing Prize

One grand prize winner will be awarded the Charcoal Publishing Prize. The winning project will be published and distributed worldwide by Charcoal Book Club, the first book-of-the-month club dedicated exclusively to photobooks.


About The Portfolio Review

The Chico Review takes place over six nights at Chico Hot Springs Resort, near Livingston Montana. Sixty-four applicants will be selected by our jury and invited to spend the week with twenty of the most influential and creative photographers, book makers, gallerists, museum curators, and photobook publishers in the industry. One full scholarship and five partial scholarships will be awarded. Student discounts and need-based scholarships will be available to those selected who qualify.

Attending artists receive ten formal reviews by speakers and reviewers and take part in artist lectures, panel discussions, peer reviews, and additional evening programming over the seven day event.


For more information visit chicoreview.com



Awards and Scholarships

1 Charcoal Publishing Prize - The Charcoal Publishing Prize will be awarded to one of the selected artists in attendance. This project will be published and distributed worldwide by Charcoal Book Club.

6 Merit Scholarships - One full tuition scholarship ($3750) and five partial tuition scholarships ($1500) to the Chico Portfolio Review event will be awarded one photographer chosen by the jury based on the quality of their submitted project.

64 Selected Artists - Fifty-eight total photographers will be invited to travel to take part in this juried portfolio review and retreat. These attendees are chosen by our jury based on the merit of their submitted project.



Entrance fees

  • $25 Charcoal Book Club Members
  • $50 non-members
  • $65 Late Entry fee


Judging Criteria

The jury is looking for cohesive, compelling bodies of work that may be relevant for the reviewers and that may benefit from wider recognition. Technical quality of images, structure and sequence of project, uniqueness of vision, and the application and consistency of that vision to the project.


Call for entries open
29 October 2021
Submission deadline
3 January 2022
Late Submission Deadline
3 January 2022
Selected Attendee and Scholarship Announcements Begin
14 January 2022
Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review Begins
21 March 2022
Charcoal Book Club publishing prize announcement
12 June 2022



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What to Expect if Selected to Attend


Each day will include breakfast, a morning lecture from one of our speakers, a panel discussion, lunch, daily portfolio reviews, and free time. Each attendee will have ten 20-minute portfolio reviews with a mix of our speakers and reviewers. Over the course of four days, you will spend time reviewing your work and gaining insight from our featured speakers, reviewers, and Charcoal Book Club staff. During unstructured time (including one entirely free day in the middle of the week), attendees can relax around the lodge and hot springs or explore the surrounding area - bookstores and saloons in Livingston, wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, and the ranch land of Paradise Valley.

You'll eat well at Chico Hot Springs. The extensive gardens produce abundant vegetables thanks to rich soil that is heated by the geothermal runoff from the natural hot springs. There's a dining room, cocktail lounge, saloon, and diner on the premises, and we'll provide you with three square meals a day. "Chico is just quintessential Montana," says owner Colin Davis. "We get the rancher down the road who drops in for a steak and a glass of Jim Beam. Then a bit of Hollywood could show up for a bottle of Sassicaia”.

Accomondations:. We've reserved private and shared rooms on the 150-acre property. Room sizes and amenities differ, and we're offering them on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll have the opportunity to select your accommodation upon acceptance. Activities at Chico start at its steamy natural hot springs, with two open-air pools averaging 96 and 103 degrees year-round. The Yellowstone River and surrounding spring creeks that slice through the wide-open glacial valley are fly fishing meccas during warmer months.


Tuition and Lodging

Tuition - $3750

Tuition includes:

  • 10 Portfolio reviews by speakers and reviewers
  • Lectures, artists talks and panel discussions
  • Three meals a day & hot springs entry

Need based scholarships and student discounts available upon acceptance.


  • We’ve reserved the majority of Chico Hot Springs for this event. Upon acceptance, we will help you select your accommodations, which range from shared lodge rooms ($60/night) to private cabins ($255/night)—something for everyone's budget.
  • Room types will be available on a first-come, first served-basis.

Day 4






3 January 2022
7:59 AM

By clicking "Start Submission", you agree to be contacted by the host regarding this opportunity.