Get Seen: Submitting Your Work to Competitions, Festivals, and Galleries

with Sonia Goydenko

November 9 and 16, 2024

Saturdays; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $395.00

Course Description

Would you like to show your photographic talent and images to the world, but the process of submitting to a competition, festival, or gallery just feels too confusing and intimidating? Or have you submitted your photographs to various contests, only to get rejected at every turn? If the answer is “yes,” then photographer Sonia Goydenko is willing to help!

In this two-week immersive online workshop, Sonia initially reviews the opportunities in the three arenas most photographers choose to get their work seen—competitions, festivals, and galleries. She offers guidance and tools for finding the competitions that best suit your work, to researching judges’ preferences and recognizing that a successful submission is more than merely sending in your favorite images. Sonia demystifies the various application processes guiding you to use best practices as well as how give yourself the best opportunity for success.

Over the course of two Saturdays, each participant receives hands-on advice and constructive criticism on your personal work focusing on the strengths of the images; how to determine goals for submitting photographs to a competition or festival; which are worth investing in; and how to get your work into galleries.

Participating in competitions and festivals as well as exhibiting in group shows or a solo exhibition are all great ways to grow as a photographer, gage your place in a certain photographic community, challenge yourself, build your photographic resume, and ultimately get your work seen by esteemed judges, all influencers and leaders in the industry. Join Sonia for two fun and informative Saturdays in November to learn the best ways to Get Seen.

Additional Information

All are welcome
Special Notes:

Class will meet 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Mountain Time) on Saturday, November 9, and Saturday, November 16 (two online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Fine Art, One-of-a-Kind, Professional Development
Sonia Goydenko

Sonia Goydenko is an award-winning, internationally exhibited street photographer whose work has been recognized by prestigious festivals including the Italian Street Photo Festival, Miami Street Photo Festival, and Aussie Street Photography Festival. Sonia’s work has been published by a range of esteemed publications such as Huffington Post, Eyeshot Magazine, and The Pictorialist, and is part of the celebrated book Women Street Photographers. Her photography has been exhibited in various galleries worldwide such as Umbrella Arts, Trieste Photo, Contact Photo, and Plaxall Gallery.

With a rich background as a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and a judge for Italian street photography competitions, Sonia brings unparalleled insight into the world of photography. She’s a member of the New York City Street Photography Collective, regularly teaches photography workshops, and offers personalized portfolio reviews online. With a dedicated commitment to nurturing emerging talent, Sonia has helped many aspiring photographers towards acclaim in some of the most renowned festivals and competitions such as LensCulture, Italian Street Photo Festival, and Women Street Photographers Exhibitions. Sonia splits her time between Santa Fe and New York City.

Instagram: @soniagoydenko

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