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2022 Photography

Photography students are instructed in various photographic techniques and are encouraged to utilize the aesthetics of their surroundings. Students explore conventional and digital photography, along with darkroom and digital editing techniques. Student photography is displayed in public exhibitions. Up to 20 students are accepted.

Requirements for Applicants

2023 OSAI Audition Information Coming Soon!

1. Complete an online application and schedule your Zoom interview no later than noon the business day before your desired interview date. See dates in the right side bar or view full audition schedule here. Audition spaces fill quickly, so schedule as soon as possible.

2. Read the requirements and tips below to prepare for your portfolio.

3. Log back in to your application portal to upload your portfolio no later than 24 hours prior to your scheduled Zoom interview. Image uploads are limited to 160 MB.

5. Attend your Zoom interview at the scheduled time.

Portfolio Requirements

Choose 6-8 photographs that you have shot and developed or processed. If you submit more than 8 photos, you will be disqualified.

You may submit conventional and/or digital photographs, but all photos must be submitted digitally in JPEG format.

The photos must have been taken AFTER March 1 of the prior year, and former OSAI students may not submit work produced at OSAI.

If you are submitting darkroom work, we recommend that you scan the images at the highest optical resolution provided by your scanner, THEN scale the resulting file to 1200 pixels on the longest side.

If you are submitting digital work, please keep in mind that judges will look at the metadata embedded in the photo file to assess your technical abilities. (i.e., If you are shooting every photo in fully automatic mode, it will affect your score.)

Once you are ready to submit your portfolio, save your files in JPEG format, and scale your work to 1200 pixels in the longest dimension. (This is the equivalent of 300 dpi when the longest dimension is 4 inches.)

Ensure your name or other identifying information does NOT appear anywhere in your portfolio images or their metadata. Do not worry about your file names. The OSAI audition portal will automatically rename the files for you when you upload them.

If you have any questions, call 405.605.7500 or email oai@oaiquartz.org

What to Expect During Your Zoom Interview

During your photography Zoom interview, the interviewer will review your photographs and ask questions to gain an understanding of your perspective and technique.

Additionally, the interviewer will score you on your basic understanding of how the camera works in manual mode (i.e., concepts like contrast, depth of field, focal length, and F-stop).

Portfolio Tips

DO include images that show a range of interests and photographic abilities.
DO display your understanding of photographic technique. Pay attention to composition, use of light, and contrast.
DO think about the images you’ve selected for submission and what they say about your point of view as an artist. In the interview, you will be asked to talk about your work.
DON'T rely on special effects and other image editing tricks.
DON'T submit work done for class assignments. The judges are interested in self-assigned creative work as opposed to yearbook or student paper photographs.
DON'T submit clichés. While your family pet or younger sibling may be cute, most photographs of such subject matter are considered snapshots rather than art.
Although photographs shot with a smartphone/tablet are acceptable, please consider the following:
  • Images taken with a smartphone/tablet will have to be resized and renamed with an image editor.
  • Instagram filters and other stylized effects may look trendy and familiar, but they're usually little more than a fad. Judges will rarely be impressed by heavy doses of stylized image editing.
  • Because most smartphones/tablets lack manual exposure control, camera phone submissions will typically do nothing to demonstrate your knowledge of exposure theory. If you choose to submit photos taken with a smartphone/tablet, it is strongly recommended that you also include some images that demonstrate exposure control.

Judging Criteria

Please note: Auditions for all disciplines are as blind as possible. Photography auditions are partially blind, in that the interviewer will collect certain information about each applicant's photography background and will assign them each a technical knowledge score (see below). The judges who score the portfolio submissions will not have access to applicant names, ages, hometowns, etc.
Composition – 30%
Does the applicant understand how to place objects within the frame and work with geometry and light to achieve a compelling image, including consideration of color, line, shape, scale, texture and value?
Creativity and originality – 30%
What is the applicant doing beyond technique? Is there a unique vision, personal style, or original idea expressed through the work? Is there something unusual or especially insightful in the approach to the subject matter?
Technique – 15%
How well is the image executed? Does the applicant display technical mastery?
Potential – 15%
To what extent does the applicant display insight or ideas that could be strengthened with training?
Technical knowledge (from interview) – 10%
To what extent does the applicant demonstrate an understanding of technical camera knowledge in their interview?