HCP's mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaboration.

Since its founding, HCP has earned an international reputation for exhibitions of current and relevant work that have helped to define the state of photography. HCP's exhibitions have included works by some of the most important photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the work of many emerging photographers who are now established professionals.

The Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Emerging Photographer Scholarship gives an annual cohort of four students full access to our state-of-the-art digital lab and allows them to take up to nine courses—from technology classes like Large-Format Printing to content development courses like Photography & Social Engagement—from our skilled Learning Center instructors. Our goal is to provide resources to emerging artists at critical moments in their creative lives. We aim to support students in transitioning into roles as exhibiting and/or teaching artists who will enrich the cultural fabric of our community.

Students are eligible to apply for one or up to two years of funding. Recipients will be awarded free tuition for up to nine Learning Center classes annually and a stipend to cover the cost of printing in our digital facilities.

ELIGABILITY: This program is open to photographers currently enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate program, or those who have graduated within the past three years. There is no fee to apply.

Entrants will include:

  • Five to fifteen images
  • Letter of intent (one page maximum), demonstrating both engaging artistic ideas and financial need - Write in "Cover Letter" field
  • CV with contact information (two pages maximum) as a pdf - attach as an image

Winners will be notified on November 8th, 2021

The Houston Center for Photography Member Spotlight program is a bi-monthly showcase of our member artists’ work on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Every other Tuesday, one member's work is shared with our over 20,000 followers, featuring the talent and creativity of our group of local, national, and international members.


  • Ongoing Submissions


To be eligible for this program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current HCP Member


Submittable's maximum submission upload size is 800MB.

  1. Instagram Handle AND/OR Artist Website
  2. Artist Bio (100 words max.)
  3. Statement describing either your images or practice (100 words max.)
  4. 3–4 high-resolution images OR 1 video

Image Requirements:

  • JPG files
  • 300dpi resolution
  • 400MB max. filesize per JPG

Video Requirements:

  • MP4 file
  • 3-minute max. video length
  • 30fps
  • 720p min. resolution
  • 650MB max. filesize


For questions about call-for-entry, please contact: zitlaly@hcponline.org

Houston Center for Photography