Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review & Charcoal Publishing Prize


The Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review is a juried photobook retreat that takes place over six nights at Chico Hot Springs Resort near Livingston, Montana. Forty Five artists/photographers will be selected by their jury to spend the week with fifteen artists, curators, and photobook publishers in an environment that fosters community and conversations through portfolio reviews, peer reviews, artist lectures, and panel discussions.

One grand prize winner will be awarded the Charcoal Publishing Prize. The winning project will be published and distributed worldwide by Charcoal Book Club, the first book-of-the-month club dedicated exclusively to photobooks.

What Selected Artists Receive:

1.  1 Charcoal Publishing Prize – The Charcoal Publishing Prize will be awarded to one of the selected artists in attendance. This project will be published and distributed worldwide by Charcoal Book Club in 2020.

2.  3 Merit Scholarships – A full tuition scholarship ($3750) to the Chico Portfolio Review event will be awarded to each of the three artists / photographers chosen by the jury based on the quality of their submitted project.

3.  45 Selected Artists – Forty-five artists / photographers will be invited to travel to take part in this juried portfolio review and retreat. These attendees are chosen by our jury based on the merit of their submitted project.
Need based scholarships and student discount available upon acceptance.

2019 Speakers
Todd Hido
Mark Steinmetz
Andrea Modica
Alex Webb
Rebecca Norris Webb

2019 Reviewers
Christopher McCall | Pier 24 Photography
Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi | Chose Commune
Paul Schiek | TBW Books
Michael Famighetti | Aperture Magazine
Irina Rozovsky | Photographer
Shane Lavalette | Light Work
Igor Posner | Redhook Editions
Tim Carpenter | TIS books
Clint Woodside | Deadbeat Club Press
Ed Panar | Spaces Corner
Carson Sanders | Aint-Bad

2019 Jury
Leslie Martin | Aperture
Gregory Halpern | Photographer
Anna Walker-Skillman | Jackson Fine Art

Please go to or and select ‘Portfolio Review’ at the top left of the homepage for entry forms and more information. Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review & Charcoal Publishing Prize runs March 25-31 at Chico Hot Springs in Pray Montana. Call for entries open now – Dec 10th.