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.
The Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review is a retreat that takes place over six nights at Chico Hot Springs Resort near Livingston, Montana. Forty Five artists / photographers will be selected by our jury to spend the week with fifteen artists, curators, and photobook publishers in an environment that fosters community and conversations through portfolio reviews, peer reviews, artist lectures, and panel discussions.
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 in 2020.
3 Merit Scholarships - A full tuition scholarship ($3750) to the Chico Portfolio Review event will be awarded to each of the three artists / photographers chosen by the jury based on the quality of their submitted project.
45 Selected Artists - Forty-five artists / 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.
0 to 1 projects per submission
10 to 25 images per project
File type must be JPG
At least 1500px on the long edge
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 review 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 ranchlands of Paradise Valley.
You'll eat well at Chico 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 general manager 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."