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Nicole Mordecai

2023 West Newton Cinema Opening

November 5, 2023

8:00 PM

Submission Deadline:

Oct 2, 2023

Submissions Due: October 2, 2023

Notify Photographers: October 8

Drop-off: November 4, 9:30-10:30am

Opening: November 5, 3-5pm @ WNC
Show: November 4 - January 28

NCC members showcase their best work in this high-visibility show.

For new members, this is our big, attention getting, show of the year.  As such, we curate the images in the show. This year, there will be an actual show with prints on the wall and we will have a live reception at the cinema.

Everyone who wants to be in the show should submit 5 of their best/favorite images. All family friendly subjects welcome. Please do not submit images that have been in an NCC print or online exhibit previously. Images from competitions, critiques, and mini-shows are welcome as are images that have been in sales or shows elsewhere. Everyone who submits will get at least one image accepted into the show. Some members may get up to 3 images selected.

For this show, we can hang a number of prints that are substantially larger than in other shows. We expect to hang a large number of roughly 16x20 to 18x24  (framed size) prints, but are happy to hang some number of larger prints. Frames must be sturdy and should have wire for hanging.

Images are to be submitted digitally.  The usual caveat - cinema lighting is very uneven and quite dark in spots.  We try to take that into account when organizing the show, but it is best to not submit images that are on the dark side.

Please drop off selected photos between 9:30-1030am on November 4th or make arrangements for someone else to bring them for you. The cinema is located in the center of West Newton:

West Newton Cinema

1296 Washington Street

West Newton, MA


This show is our only curated show. Each member is invited to digitally submit up to 5 images for consideration. The curators will select between 1 and 3 of these images for inclusion in the show and inform the member which images should be printed and framed. The framed images should be delivered to the West Newton Cinema by the member early on the day of the hanging so the hanging crew has time to layout and hang all the images.

At the end of the show, participants are expected to pick up their images during an announced time window. Images not retrieved during the window will be left leaning against the walls in the gallery space, unprotected, for later pickup.

How to Submit

  1. Identify up to 5 family-friendly images you want to submit prior to the deadline.

  2. Create JPG copies, sRGB color space, a maximum of 1920 pixels on the long side.

  3. Name your images using the following naming convention:

    FML_WNC#_HxW_Title of Image.jpg

    where FML are your initials. PLEASE use exactly three letters. Use an "X" if you have no middle name.

    # is the image number (1 - 5) of your first through fifth images. If you are submitting a di- or triptych append an a, b, or c to indicate the file is the leftmost, middle, rightmost sub-image.

    H, W are the FRAME height and width, in inches, respectively.

    "Title of image" is the title of your image with spaces between the words.

    NOTE: please use an underscore between elements, as indicated

    Example of a single landscape format image:

    BAH_WNC3_16x20_Road Race.jpg

    Example of the rightmost image of a triptych, where the entire triptych frame is 30" wide:

    BAH_WNC2c_16x30_At The Finish.jpg

  4. Submit your images. This link is for members only. Please be sure you are logged out any Dropbox account before submitting files. We will be picking one image to use for PR as a printed postcard and also for online use. If you DO NOT want your photo used for this, please email us and let us know.

  5. After the curation process completes, you will receive an email with your selected images (perhaps with comments from the curators). Get them printed and framed before the drop-off date (specified at the top of the page).


  • Label your framed images!
    Put your name, title and the price (or NFS..not for sale) on a label on the back of each framed work. If plexiglass is used, please also add a P to the label so we don’t try and clean them with Windex.

  • Frames must be sturdy and wired
    All frames are required to be sturdy and have a wire across the back. If the frame is not sturdy, your image will not be hung.

  • Minimum framed size is 16" x 20".
    There is no upper size limit as long as we can hang it safely.

  • Black frames with white mats for 16" x 20" submissions.
    We strongly suggest black frames with white / off white mats to provide a degree of uniformity for the 16"x20" framed prints. Larger prints can be printed on any medium (canvas, metal, acrylic, etc.) and framed however you wish, including no frame.

  • Protect your images.
    Glass or Plexiglas to protect your print is highly recommended but not mandatory. As above, if plexiglass is used, please add a P to the label. No plastic sheeting please.

Please note that the curators put a lot of thought into which images they select. They may require/request changes in your images. In order to honor their efforts and to keep confusion down to a minimum, please accept their suggestions. Also, substitutions requested after the show has been curated are strongly discouraged and most likely not be approved.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS please send us an email as far in advance of the show as possible and someone will be happy to help.


You must be a paid up for 2023-2024 member to participate. Please pay your dues as early as possible, but no later than the day of the hanging.

  • All members get at least one image in the show, presuming acceptable image quality and subject matter.

  • Submit images using the DropBox link above.

  • Images must be "family friendly."

  • Submitted image files should be named exactly as prescribed by our naming convention described in the Guidelines section (left). We have a lot of images to consider and and having the files named correctly makes organizing the review process possible.

  • Images that have been hung in previous club exhibits cannot be accepted. Images shown elsewhere or within other club activities are fine.

  • All accepted images must be framed according to the guidelines in the Framing section (left).

  • Select your submissions with the following considerations in mind:

  • Smallest print size for single images is ~10"x15" in 16"x20" frames (or equivalent visual size for other aspect ratios)

  • Larger images are encouraged, but please consider technical quality and subject matter.

  • Diptychs/triptychs are allowed. Such multiple image presentations should be framed in ONE frame (with exceptions for practicality) and will count as ONE submitted image.  Minimum frame size is 16"x20" (or visual equivalent) and sub-image sizes must reasonably fill the frame. Curators have the right to place additional restrictions for allowance on such multiple image presentations.

  • The lighting is very uneven and there are dark spots.  We can not control the lighting or guarantee a particular location for any print. Select your images appropriately.

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