Size Matters: A Juried Exhibition Celebrating Small Works

Winners will be announced in September 2019

At Medium Photo, we appreciate the seductive impact of large photographs, but we haven’t lost sight of the intimate power found in small photographic prints. Our call is open to all subject matters and themes, and all types of photographic print media—from sculptural works to traditional two-dimensional prints, digital and film based images, camera-less photography—as long as the image is 10″x10″ or smaller (image size, frames can be up to 16″x20″).

Size Matters is the signature exhibition of the Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego. This is the fifth year presenting our annual exhibition, and we are proud to partner with LensCulture and Sparks Gallery to host Size Matters. The exhibition will open on October 19 and run through November 9, 2019. This year’s juror is Kai Caemmerer, Curator of Photography at SFO Museum.

Awards and Honors

Juror’s Choice receives: $500 Purchase Award (Winner’s work is donated to a regional museum collection!)

Director’s Choice receives: $250 cash award

Visitor’s Choice receives: $100 cash award

Honorable Mentions receive: Gift packages from one of our Festival partners


All selected artists will be listed in the 2019 Medium Festival program, and the public is invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, October 19, 6-9pm.



About the Juror

Kai Caemmerer is the Curator of Photography for SFO Museum, the AAM accredited museum located in the San Francisco International Airport. SFO Museum currently has six galleries dedicated to the exhibition of photography, with expansions planned through 2022. Kai is responsible for the production of approximately thirty photography exhibitions annually. Originally from Washington State, he holds a BA and MFA in photography. Prior to joining the team at SFO Museum, he worked with the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. Recent exhibitions include Richard Barnes: Murmur, Anastasia Samoylova: Landscape Sublime, Mustafah Abdulaziz: Water, and Mimi Plumb: What is Remembered.

About the Gallery

Sparks Gallery is housed within the historic Sterling Hardware Building in the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. This two-level event space features contemporary artwork by artists living in San Diego and Southern California. The Gallery was awarded the 2015 People in Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse by Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO).

For all works sold during the exhibition, artists will receive 50% and the gallery will receive 50%. 10% of all sales made during opening night will support Medium Photo.

Hanging and Shipping

Works must be shipped to Medium Photo or delivered to Sparks Gallery in person, ready to hang (wire preferred, no sawtooth hangers will be permitted). Artists will be responsible for all shipping expenses, including adequate packing materials and postage to ensure safe transit inbound and for the return of your artwork. We do not cover insurance for works in transit, works will be insured once they reach the gallery. Medium does not assume liability for expenses related to the return of artwork. Items left unclaimed for more than 60 days after the exhibition close date will be considered the property of Medium, and may be kept or disposed of at our discretion.

Sparks Gallery reserves the right to exclude work that is significantly misrepresented from digital files submitted. Photographs included in the exhibition must arrive presentation ready at Sparks Gallery no later than Monday, October 7, 2019. All works included in the exhibition must include return postage through a pre-processed FedEx label with the requisite bar code, or a UPS shipping document. We will return unsold work within two weeks after the exhibition closes.




2018 Winners:

Juror’s Choice: Ross Sonnenberg and James Walker, Black Hole 1, 2017, Unique tintype photogram (Purchase Award Winner, Donated to the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ)

Director’s Choice: Christa Blackwood, Sam/Charis circa 1936, Gilded Platinum print on vellum, 2016

Honorable Mention: Kyra Schmidt, Algae, The Landings, Georgia #6 (April 2018, exposed for 1 month, unfixed), 2018

Singles Photo Category (up to 5 images)

Single Submission - $35 for 5 single images

Entry deadline

August 02, 2019

Entry fee

$35 for 5 single images

Series Photo Category (for up to 10 images)

Series Submission - $60 for up to 10 images in one series

Entry deadline

August 02, 2019

Entry fee

$60 for up to 10 images in one series