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Deadline for entries is June 15, 2017



Who Can Enter

Do I have to be a LensWork subscriber to enter?

No. Anyone can enter.

Can I have more or less than 6 images in my project?

No, the nature of this project is 6 images only. See Brooks' Editor's Comments about this project.

Can I send in more than 1 entry?

Yes! Additional entries are only $25.

Is there a limit on how many entries I can send it?

No, you can enter as many different projects as you'd like. In fact, that will increase the odds of your work being selected for the final publication.

Will I receive one free book per entry?

No. Only one copy per entrant. You may purchase additional copies once the book is available.

Do I have to send in all my projects at the same time?

No. Once you have sent in your first project (with the $45 entry fee), you can send in additional projects at any time up to the deadline and pay only the $25 entry fee.

Will you limit a photographer in the final book to only one of their entries? Could a photographer have two or more projects in the final book?

We are not setting an arbitrary "one-project per photographer" rule. In other words, it is possible that the final selection will include more than one project from any given photographer.

Can I send in something that's already been published in LensWork?

Sorry, but if we've already published a project we won't use it in SIXES. We want to make room for new work!

Can photographers outside the US enter work, too? Will there be an extra fee to ship my copy of the book overseas?

Overseas entries are just fine. We’re arranging for bulk shipments and disbursement that will help allay the shipping costs. There will not be any extra shipping fee for the books shipped to overseas photographers.

Where do I pay the entry fee?

Your first entry is paid here. Additional entries are paid here.

What do I get for my entry fee?

You cannot be published in the book unless you enter your work for consideration. In addtion, you will receive one copy of the book when it's mailed in September 2017!


About Your Project and Images

What about copyrights?

Unlike many other juried publications, you retain all copyrights to your images and written materials. LensWork Publishing is granted one-time only publication rights only.

Do I have to have an introductory text, artist's statement, or poem?

No. You don't need any text at all, although we strongly recommend a title. Sometimes a little text can help the viewer understand the context of your images, but this is strictly your call.

What image formats do you accept?

JPGs saved at maximum quality are the smallest files to transmit, but we can also accept flattened PSD or flattened TIF files if you prefer.

8-bit or 16-bit files?

We only need 8-bit files.

What color space should I use?

Adobe RGB (1998) is recommended for either color or b/w images. If you prefer, b/w images can be grayscale; we’ll convert all b/w images to our LensWork duotone in the prepress process. We'll convert all color images to our printer's CMYK press profile in the prepress process.

What PPI should my files be?

The PPI of the files you send to us is immaterial. We will adjust to the required PPI in our prepress workflow as we prepare your images for the printer. The only thing that really matters is that your images are at least 3400 pixels on the long side.

How do I send in my image files?

Via Dropbox only using this secure upload link.

Is there an Entry Form I need to fill out?

Yes. Each entry must be accompanied by this form.

Can I send in color work? Mixed b/w and color work?

Yes, all! We will print black-and-white images in our LensWork duotone and color work will be printed stochastic CMYK.

Will you be printing in duotone as you do in LensWork?

Yes, for the b/w images.


About the book itself

How will you select the projects that get published?

Our staff will select the best work based on the quality of the images, the cohesiveness of the project, the power of the collection, and the uniqueness and execution of the project concept.

When will I receive my book?

We will mail in September of 2017. The book will print in July 2017.

How big will the book be?

The book will be 9" tall by 8" wide, the same as Looking at Images and our Monographs.

Will the book be hardbound or softbound?

We debated about this for some time, but decided that we'd rather do a softbound with more pages (and thereby more photographers) than to spend the budget on the hardbound and restrict the page count so radically. So, softbound it is.


Additional questions?

Email Brooks ( and we'll do our best to answer any questions you have!

SIXES entry form and instructions