Maine Media Workshops + College is seeking photography, video and writing that captures the multi-dimensional aspects or our humanity and how we relate to one another. This new contest, titled Character: Portraits and Stories that Reveal the Human Condition, presents artists with a chance to win more than $13,000 in prizes including cash, merchandise from B&H Photo | Video | Pro Audio and workshops at Maine Media. A grand prize and honorable mentions will be awarded in each of the following categories: photography; video; and writing.

For centuries, portraits and stories that reveal our humanity have been a source of fascination for photographers and writers alike. Visual and written stories can depict the inner spirit revealed in a face, the human condition found in an interaction, a profile that reveals the essence of someone’s life or a story that brings a fictional or historical persona to life.

“Psychological power, uncanny likeness, love, and a certain special reference to the past: these are profound qualities that portraits can wield, helping us to both remember and to see anew,” said Maine Media faculty member Brenton Hamilton. “No matter what the genre, we hope this contest will inspire our worldwide artistic community to interact with their subjects in magical ways that will help them create new and innovative interpretations of character.”

Sponsored by B&H Photo | Video | Pro Audio and Longfellow Books, the portraiture contest also offers the opportunity for artists to present their representations of character to a distinguished panel of judges including David Brommer, photographer and director of B&H’s Photo Event Space; award-winning poet Gibson Fay-LeBlanc; actor and director Joe Grifasi; Emmy-nominated director Alan Myerson; award-winning documentary photographer Emily Schiffer; internationally renowned fashion photographer David Turner; and Down East Books editorial director Michael Steele.

The contest is open to entrants of all ages through Sept. 7. Winning entries will be posted in an online gallery and winners will be invited to attend a recognition event in New York City on Oct. 29. For more information regarding registration, submission instructions, detailed prize list, eligibility, entrant fees and contest rules and regulations, visit Further questions and inquiries about entering can be emailed to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or