P.H. Polk Photographs
* Images used with permission from Tuskegee University Archives

Everyday Mobile: A Candid Portrait Photography Contest

In partnership with Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Contest opens on Friday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. and closes at midnight on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Winning photographs will articulate the theme “Everyday Mobile,” reflect the tone and technique of P.H. Polk’s photography and be a black and white, candid photograph containing one or more people. Photographs will be displayed in our virtual gallery. Names of artists will be added after judging is completed.


  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • You must live in Mobile or surrounding counties.
  • Contest entries must be submitted to the online form.
  • Contest opens on Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. and closes at midnight on Feb. 28.
  • Photos must be black and white, and candid rather than staged.
  • File format: either JPEG or PNG
  • Image format: aspect ratio of 4x3 and a minimum pixel size of 1024 x 768.
  • Photo must be the artist’s original work.
  • One entry per person.

Winners announced on March 22, 2021. Top Winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card and a swag bag of items donated by businesses and organizations in the Mobile Arts Community. Two honorable mentions will receive a swag bag.


The contest will be scored by a panel of five judges. Scores will be based upon the following four criteria, using a scale of 0-10 for each category with a maximum possible score of 40. The judges’ score are then added together for each entry, with a total maximum possible of 200 points.

  • Lighting: How the lighting was used to create mood and enhance the ‘story’.
  • Subject Matter: Is the subject of the photo well chosen? Does the photo tell a story of everyday Mobile?
  • Composition: How well is the picture framed to convey the artist’s point of view?
  • Reflection of Polk: How effectively and creatively does the photo reflect the artistic legacy of P. H. Polk?


  • Margarita Skiadas, MFA, Assistant Professor of Photography, Department of Visual Arts, University of South Alabama
  • Elizabet Elliott, Executive Director/Curator, Alabama Contemporary Art Center
  • Karlos F. Finley, Municipal Judge, City of Mobile, K. Fitzgerald Finkey Firm, P.C.
  • Phyllis Jeffery, Librarian (retired)
  • Kern Jackson, Assistant Professor, Director of the African American Studies Program, University of South Alabama

For more information and questions please call Gina Wilson at 251.340.8550 or gwilson@mplonline.org.