Photo Essay Call for Submissions | In the Neighborhood


We want to see more of the Boston community through your eyes. Become a Now + There photo essay contributor to share what inspires you. We are seeking community supporters, amateur and professional artists, photographers, and content creators to be a part of this new blog series for the Now + There Journal.

No need to have professional training or to use fancy equipment, anyone with original photos to share is welcome to submit. Creators of accepted photo essays will receive a $50 stipend and full byline and credit in recognition of their contribution. Chosen submissions will be shared with our digital network of over 5,000 public art supporters.

We want to amplify the multitude of voices, identities, cultures, traditions, and spaces of our city which help support artistic growth in Boston.



  • 10 original photos that focus on ONE Boston neighborhood. **We are specifying Boston neighborhoods as any area Mayor Marty Walsh represents.

  • Show us what makes and what makes the neighborhood you choose to feature a unique part of Boston

  • Each submission should also answer the question “what is your connection to the neighborhood you photographed?” with a short 250 to 400 word mini-essay

  • All photos should be original, unpublished and taken by the artist/creator who is submitting the work

If Chosen as a Photo Essay Contributor, You Will Have The Opportunity To…

  • Take others on a visual journey of a Boston neighborhood that has unique value to you.

  • Elevate the importance of public art as a conversation starter around topics like identity and inclusion.

  • Bring increased awareness to a variety of neighborhoods, residents and local city spaces and businesses.

  • Get your name and photography published online as a writer and/or artist/ community supporter.

  • Become part of a network of public art champions who are contributing their voices to this series.

Check out this photo essay on Problak’s Breathe Life 3 exhibit for some inspiration.


Eligibility: Creators of any level of experience who are at least 18 years or older are eligible to contribute to this call for content. 

Each Entry Must Include:  

  • 10 original digital photos, all taken within one Boston neighborhood. A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 of the photos should feature a piece of public art (in any medium) or a piece of art visible from a public space. 

  • 300 - 400 words of text to help provide context for the photos — this should include a one-paragraph introduction, information on the location/places/people photographed,  insight into what inspired you to take this collection of photos, and an answer to the question “What is your connection to the neighborhood you photographed?”

Compensation: Creators of accepted submissions will receive a $50 stipend.


Publication criteria: Now + There does not guarantee publication to any entry. Photo essays will be chosen for publication on a rolling basis. Essays selected for publication should have a distinct point of view, highlight a particular Boston neighborhood, and offer clear context and insight into the unique identity of the neighborhood. Creators will be notified no more than two weeks after the date of submission if their essays will be published or not. Photo essays will be compiled online by Now + There and drafts sent to creators for sign-off before publication. 

Usage Rights: Selected artists retain all copyright to the images and text submitted. By submitting images you are giving Now + There the exclusive right to use the images online as part of our blog as well as on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and through email to promote the blog post for 12 months from the date of publication. Creators may use or sell any individual image from the photo essay as a work of art at any time, but are not to sell or re-publish the photo essay on another website for one full year from the original publication by Now + There. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. Submitting creators will be added to Now + There email subscriber list. They may opt- out using the unsubscribe link included in each email.

Photo credit: Dudley square, Faces of Dudley, Ryan McMahon