This period of social distancing and isolation has been transformative in many ways. Exploring our relationship with self and others has been challenging as we retreated from daily in-person interaction and found ourselves gazing into the mirror of Zoom and FaceTime. We faced expressions of fear and longing. Connection has regained a precious and irreplaceable value. This exhibition of portraits and self-portraits will gather our visual exploration of relationship, connection, self-knowledge, and belonging.

– Molly Roberts

Molly Roberts is a visual editor, independent curator and photographer. Her career has focused on telling visual stories in conjunction with wonderful photographers, videographers, writers and designers, primarily in the magazine print world; Washington Post Magazine, USA Weekend, Smithsonian and National Geographic Magazine. She is the Creative Director of HumanEyes USA which is a non-profit organization created to bring American issues into sharper focus through photography, video and art. Roberts recently completed an academic fellowship at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.


This Call for Entry is open to portraits and self-portraits.

All photographers aged 18 and over are welcome to enter.

All photographic processes are eligible.

Call opens April 25th

Deadline for entries is May 20th

Notifications will be sent by June 10th

Framed work must be received at the gallery by July 20th

The exhibition will be held August 1 – September 30, 2021

SxSE Gallery

Molena, Ga. 30258


Peggy ©Molly Roberts

To Enter…

Please follow these directions exactly to send your entry via email to

  1. subject line: Portrait/Self-Portrait
  2. file name: your last name your first name title of image
  3. images should be jpeg only.
  4. 72 dpi, 1000 on the longest side
  5. all Images should be zipped into one file – do not drag images one at a time into the body of the email, thank you!
  6. pay for entry (see below)
  7. Send the email

Badger ©Molly Roberts


$30 for 3 images. Click here.

Additional images are $10 each. Click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Molly will instruct a two-day workshop on The Self-Portrait Thursday, September 16th and Friday, September 17th at SxSE Gallery, Molena, Ga. Please go HERE for details on the workshop and registration.

SlowExposures Photo Festival will be held in Concord, Ga. September 17th, 18th, and 19th. This exhibition will hang during the festival


The award-winning SlowExposures Photography Festival was founded in 2003 to call attention to the accelerating loss of historic buildings and landscapes in Pike County, Georgia due to metro Atlanta growth. During the third weekend of September, visitors from across the U.S. are invited to slow down, visit over a dozen juried exhibitions presented in historic buildings, and take part in the dialogue, the discovery, and the future of the rural South.

Due to last year’s cancellation, the 18th annual exhibition will be “2020 in 2021” and feature the 65 photographers who were selected by jurors Paula Tognarelli of the Griffin Museum and Alan Rothschild, founder of the Do Good Fund’s collection of landmark photography of the South. Other events during the weekend will include the “PopuUp Tour” of 7 individual and group shows, a fireside chat with Andrew Feiler on his Rosenwald School project, the Sunday Juror Talk and a special Photo Book Roundtable. Visit for more information and schedules.