Jon Kral 2017 Miami Series Winner

 The Miami Photo Series is a MSPF competition that celebrates its home city of Miami.

Open to all levels of photography, the contest calls for your best images dedicated to documenting life in Miami.

Participants are required to submit a series of images exploring a theme inspired by the Magic City.

A team of award winning photographers, will select the top three series,

which will be displayed at HistoryMiami including during  Art Basel Week.

The winner will be announced at the Festival.







  •  A cash prize of U.S. $1,000.

  • Exhibition at HistoryMiami Museum

  • Series published on the MSPF website gallery for one year

  • An invitation to become part of HistoryMiami’s permanent photography collection


  • Exhibition at HistoryMiami Museum

  • Series published on the MSPF website gallery for one year

  • An invitation to become part of HistoryMiami’s permanent photography collection





  • It is required that you submit between 3-7 images per series of images exploring a theme inspired by the city of Miami and surrounding areas.  Images must have been taken in the Miami and surrounding areas

  • There is no limit on the number of series you may submit.

  • There are no restrictions on subject matter but images must fall under the category of street photography, documentary photography or photojournalism.

  • The photo series should tell a story or explore a theme inspired by life in the Miami area.

  • Images must be .jpg/jpeg files, no bigger than 10mb. Image size: 2000 pixels on the long edge at 72 dpi.  

  • Do not include borders, watermarks or signatures




$60 for each series of 3-7 images

DEADLINE October 6th


Photographer Maggie Steber is a documentary photographer who has worked in 66 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories.   She has produced significant work on Haiti over the past 30 years; Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti (1991) received a book award and critical acclaim. Her honors include the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson and Ernst Haas Grants, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project.  In 2013 National Geographic Magazine named her as one of eleven Women of Vision. Besides her life as a photographer Steber served as Assistant Managing Editor of Photography and Features at the Miami Herald from 1999-2003, overseeing photo-driven projects that won a Pulitzer Prize and were twice finalists for the honor, she also served as a Newsweek Magazine contract photographer.


Steber was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2017 receiving a grant for her most recent project The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma.


J. Tomas Lopez is Professor and Chair of The department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami.

Professor Lopez has degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Fordham University, a Master of Media in Film and Video from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Modernist Theory from the University of South Florida.

Professor Lopez has been showcased nationally and internationally in over three hundred fifty group exhibitions and forty solo exhibitions. His work is included in many prestigious permanent collections: The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress, La Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris; The International Museum of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and many other public and private collections including the Lowe Art Museum.

His work has been exhibited across the United States, South America, Europe, China, and Japan as well as featured in numerous publications. He is known for his large-scale digital prints ranging from underwater photographs of the nude figure, a series documenting the riders on the subways of London, Rome, Paris, Madrid and New York and his most recent project of studio portraits in the style of 19th century artists.

He is the recipient of the Florida Artist Grant, the Cintas Foundation Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Award in the Visual Arts as well as other national and international fellowships. In 2013, he was honored with the Provost Award for Scholarly Activity and in 2014 was named a Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences.

He has been with the University of Miami since 1994 where he lives and works with his wife Carol and their cat ‘Leo’.