It's Time to ENTER The Fence

It's time to enter The Fence 2019

It's Time to ENTER The Fence

Here's your chance to have your photography project displayed on the wall under the Brooklyn Bridge. The FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition printed on vinyl mesh and installed outdoors reaching over 8 million visitors annually in 8 cities across North America: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Calgary, Denver, Houston, Sarasota and Seattle. Each exhibition is on public view for a minimum of 3 months in areas with massive pedestrian traffic, ensuring an unprecedented audience for your work.


Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work for consideration by the jury. The submitted work should fit one or more of our 7 thematic categories: Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food.

Photographers submitting to The FENCE may also be considered for a Regional Showcase exhibitions that will highlight work by photographers living in New England, the Gulf Coast of Florida and Western Canada. 

Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistently attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, giving us an opportunity to share these powerful photographic narratives with a diverse audience of millions of visitors annually, while providing photographers with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities.

THE FENCE was conceived and produced by United Photo Industries, and was developed in partnership with Photo District News in 2011. It was presented for the first time in 2012 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and has since grown and flourished through a series of strategic partnerships with like-minded cultural organizations across the United States.

Winners will receive:

  • 40-45 winners will be featured on public art exhibitions in 8 cities across North America (from July 2019 through March 2020)
  • A Juror’s Choice grand prize winner receives an exhibition at Photoville, and a $5,000 (USD) project development grant
  • A People’s Choice winner will receive a Leica camera package and a Leica Akademie masterclass.

Enter by the Early Bird Deadline of February 10, 2019, and save on the entry fee. Final deadline is March 11, 2019.

All entries can be uploaded through THE FENCE website.

Winners will be selected on or about June 1, 2019 and notified by email shortly thereafter. The list of participating photographers will be posted on this website no later than June 17, 2019.


About United Photo Industries

United Photo Industries is a New York based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increase access to the art of photography. Founded in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented hundreds of exhibitions and public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous festivals, city agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.


Meet Bob by Jasper Doest displayed on The Fence under the Brooklyn Bridge in 2017. Photo by Mark D Phillips
Meet Bob by Jasper Doest displayed on The Fence under the Brooklyn Bridge in 2017. Photo by Mark D Phillips