PhotoPills – Planning Application and Milky Way Photography

PhotoPills has an interesting application for your iPhones and tablets. According to the site…”No matter the type of photography you love: Landscape, Milky Way, Moon, Sunrise, Sunset, Architecture, Star Trails, Drone, Meteor Showers, Solar eclipse, Lunar Eclipse, Time lapse, Wedding, Portrait or Travel…PhotoPills is your photography planning app. It helps you PLAN your photos ahead of time… So you’re always at the right place at the right time to capture the best photo possible.”

In addition, the site offers a 122 page (PDF) guide to Milky Way Photography (2022) for free.  It is well worth reading if you hant to try your hand at night photography.



National Park Service (NPS): Artist-In-Residence Program

Each year the NPS offers photographers and other artists the opportunity to focus on their art without the distractions of everyday life.  Although the competition is stiff for these programs, they are well worth the effort. Programs exist for Hawaii, Death Valley, and many other parks.

“Whether staying in a remote wilderness cabin at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska or contemplating history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa or working in a contemporary studio overlooking the stone-lined fields at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, these programs provide artists with unique opportunities to create works of art in varied natural and cultural settings.”

See Be an Artist-in-Residence – Arts in the Parks (U.S. National Park Service) ( for details.

Each park has its own application process and timeline, so please visit a given park’s website for specifics.

International Photography Awards 2022

Dear James

Congratulations! It is my great pleasure to inform you that your entry “Morning on Winnie” has made it to the final round of Jury voting and is awarded the title “Official Selection” in the International Photography Awards 2022. The final winners based on the Jury’s votes will be announced in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

Artist in Residence Program – Capitol Reef

Applications to Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program at Capitol Reef National Park are now being accepted 01-30 September 2022 for the 2023 season.  The program “offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. “This residency program is an exciting progression of our relationship with the artist community, and will give visitors the chance to know Capitol Reef in a new and different way, through the eyes of an artist,” said former Capitol Reef National Park Superintendent Leah McGinnis who helped form the program in 2017.”

See:   Artist-in-Residence Program – Capitol Reef National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (

CaFE (Call For Entry)

Semi-Professional and Professional photographers take note of CaFE. 
About CaFÉ™
“CaFÉ is the leading online application and jurying system for calls for entry. Launched in 2005, CaFÉ was designed by arts administrators to make the application and adjudication process more efficient. Today CaFÉ has grown into a robust call for entry site with open calls around the nation.”
“CaFÉ has approximately 170 art competitions and art contests call listings at any given time. CaFÉ is especially designed for the professional artist. Artists can sign up and create an artist portfolio for free. Next easily apply to multiple call for entries and then simply checkout. Manage the status of all your call for entries from a single dashboard. 

See: Call For Entry and Application Management for the Arts | CaFÉ