for the 2020 Chico Review
Alessandra Sanguinetti - Jim Goldberg - Vanessa Winship - Todd Hido - Awoiska van der Molen - Raymond Meeks
The Chico Review takes place over six nights at Chico Hot Springs Resort, near Livingston Montana. Fifty-eight applicants will be selected by our jury and invited to spend the week with twenty of the most influential and creative photographers, book makers, gallerists, museum curators, and photobook publishers in the industry. One full scholarship and five partial scholarships will be awarded. Student discounts and need-based scholarships will be available to those selected who qualify.
Attending artists receive ten formal reviews by speakers and reviewers and take part in artist lectures, panel discussions, peer reviews, and additional evening programming over the seven day event.
At the end of the event, one grand prize winner will be announced and their project will be published and distributed by Charcoal Book Club.
2020 Keynote Speakers
2020 Featured Reviewers
2020 Selection Jury
Awards and Scholarships
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 2021.
6 Merit Scholarships - One full tuition scholarship ($3750) and five partial tuition scholarships ($1500) to the Chico Portfolio Review will be awarded to photographers chosen by the jury based on the quality of their submitted project.
58 Selected Artists - Fifty-eight total 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.
What to expect if selected to attend
Each day will include breakfast, a morning lecture from one of our speakers, a panel discussion, lunch, daily portfolio reviews, and free time. Each attendee will have ten 20-minute portfolio reviews with a mix of our speakers and reviewers. Over the course of four days, you will spend time reviewing your work and gaining insight from our featured speakers, reviewers, and Charcoal Book Club staff. During unstructured time (including one entirely free day in the middle of the week), attendees can relax around the lodge and hot springs or explore the surrounding area - bookstores and saloons in Livingston, wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, and the ranch land of Paradise Valley.
We've reserved private and shared rooms on the 150-acre property. Room sizes and amenities differ, and we're offering them on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll have the opportunity to select your accommodation upon acceptance. Activities at Chico start at its steamy natural hot springs, with two open-air pools averaging 96 and 103 degrees year-round. The Yellowstone River and surrounding spring creeks that slice through the wide-open glacial valley are fly fishing meccas during warmer months.
You'll eat well at Chico Hot Springs. The extensive gardens produce abundant vegetables thanks to rich soil that is heated by the geothermal runoff from the natural hot springs. There's a dining room, cocktail lounge, saloon, and diner on the premises, and we'll provide you with three square meals a day. "Chico is just quintessential Montana," says owner Colin Davis. "We get the rancher down the road who drops in for a steak and a glass of Jim Beam. Then a bit of Hollywood could show up for a bottle of Sassicaia”.
Attendance details if selected to attend
TUITION - $3750
10 Portfolio reviews by speakers and reviewers
Lectures, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions
Hot springs entry, daily happy hours, three meals a day
*Need based scholarships and student discount available upon acceptance.
We’ve reserved the majority of Chico Hot Springs for this event. Upon acceptance, we will help you select your accommodations, which range from shared lodge rooms ($60/night) to private cabins ($255/night)—something for everyone's budget.
Room types will available on a first-come, first served-basis.
Call for entries open
1 September 2019
9 December 2019
Late Submission Deadline
16 December 2019
Selected Attendee and Scholarship Announcement
13 January 2020
Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review Begins
6 April 2020
Charcoal Book Club publishing prize announcement
12 June 2020