The Times is Offering Photographers a Chance at a Serious Portfolio Review


It’s safe to say that most amateur photographers have wondered at one time or another if they have what it takes to make it in the big leagues. Well, here’s their chance to find out, because The New York Times is hosting a professional portfolio review for 150 of the best amateurs courageous enough to send their work in.

The review is being put on by the Times’ Lens Blog, and is the first of what they hope to become a yearly event. To apply, simply go to their application page and upload up to 20 images from one or two of your absolute best projects. From then on, your photography will have to do the heavy lifting.

From the many applications the Times will undoubtedly receive, they will select 150 to join them for a free, two-day portfolio review on April 13th and 14th, where editors, museum curators, gallery owners and such will pore over your work and give you honest advice.

The deadline to get your work submitted is 11:59pm ET on February 13th, and you’ll be notified no later than March 8th if you make the cut. For more details, check out the Lens Blog’s own introduction of the event, and good luck!

Image credit: The New York Times by TomCollins

  • David Lin

    The NYT page says it’s up to 20 images from one or two projects

  • DLCade

    Thanks for pointing out that mistake! The text has been fixed :)

  • Mansgame

    I would love to do this, but I don’t do “projects”. I have images from hundreds of different shoots along with thousands of random images, but neither is what I would call a “project”.

  • Steven Barall

    They’re going to start laying off the staff photographers and this is a way to get a new batch of freelance photographers who would do the work at a fraction of the cost.

  • Eric Cantrell

    NYT – Your reference of choice for plagiarized articles and economic benefits of alien invasions…

  • DamianM

    I call Bull

  • LAstills

    Tragically, this signals the end of photojurnalism as a paid profession!!

  • Geoff Ridenour

    I would like to think that the below comments are those of the jaded. Good luck everyone!

  • Mansgame

    It’s already happening. They scour flickr to see if any amateur was at a newsworthy event and ask them to use the picture in return for credit which many give. I don’t think it’s a huge loss for journalism to not have a dedicated journalist covering the local cat show or band, but hopefully there is still a market for photojournalism in actual news.

  • 9inchnail

    Just pick some shots that have a similar theme, even if it’s a stretch. Call it a project and you’re done. My biggest project “Shooting people while they do stuff”. What’s the problem? “Project” is a pretty vague term.

  • Mansgame

    Makes sense…I was going to do a theme for 2 of the cities that I shot, but the problem I have is I can’t be in NY that month since it’s the busiest time of the year for us at my day job. Hopefully this will catch on and other newspapers do it locally.

  • Yeah Right

    not surprised that a guy with his posting history has never done a personal photo project. probably barely even a photographer.