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Photography regional, national and international competitions

Member's Competitions
A listing of photographic opportunities.

Deadline: November 24, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Treasure
Sponsor: A. Smith Gallery

treas - ure : precious, valuable, hoard, gold, abundance, fortune, riches, cache, adore, endear, beloved, rarity, stash, garner, conglomeration, sweetheart, beloved, cherish, prize, hold dear, special, memories…….

Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work reflecting the theme "treasure" to A Smith Gallery by November 24, 2014. The entry fee is $30 for the first 5 images and $6 for each additional image. Forty five to fifty five images will be selected for exhibition and shown at the gallery from January 9 to February 15, 2015. A reception will be held on January 31, 2015 from 4 to 7pm. A Blurb full color catalogue of the exhibit with all the accepted entries will be available for purchase. Awards are $325 for Juror's Award, $250 and an exhibition catalogue for Director's Award, five Honorable Mentions each receiving an exhibition catalogue and $100 for Visitors' Choice Award.

Juror for Treasure will be Roy Flukinger.

For more information:

Deadline: November 24, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Spring Lake Wildlife Photography Contest
Sponsor: Meadows Center for Water

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment would like to personally invite your organization to participate in our first ever Explore Spring Lake Wildlife Photography Contest. As stewards of Spring Lake, The Meadows Center is dedicated to understanding, protecting and sharing it with the community. We're aiming to collect an accurate portrayal of Spring Lake's diverse wildlife population with the help of photographers, animal lovers, and the wildlife technology platform Project Noah.

By entering the Explore Spring Lake Wildlife Photography Contest you will not only help The Meadows Center collect important ecological data and have the opportunity to win prizes, you will have the opportunity to explore Spring Lake, an ecological treasure in the heart of Central Texas.

Deadline: November 26, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Con[text]: Word & Image
Sponsor: Darkroom Gallery

They say, "a picture is worth 1000 words". For Con[text, Darkroom examines the relationships between text and image.

Combining written word with images has a long history in art. Medieval manuscripts in Christian Europe are interlaced with pictures that exist in a rhetorical relationship with the written text to create layered meaning and verbal or visual puns. William Blake, eighteenth century British poet, published books of his writing with his own illustrations and quickly learned that the synthesis evoked meanings beyond the power of words or pictures alone. Dadaists in early twentieth century Europe combined fragments of found text with appropriated photographic images to open alternative, sometimes irrational, paths of communication they felt were missing from art itself.

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photographs that spell it out: images that utilize written language to get across meaning, add visual value and/or compositional balance. Even those images that have letters hidden or barely noticeable within them, for one to subconsciously read and process. From street signs to handwriting to collaged compositions all words, symbols & languages that read. For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: November 28, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Smithsonian 2014 Best Photo

The 12th Annual Photo Contest is open through November 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET.  Contestants can submit up to 15 photos to each of the following six categories:
The Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.
Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.
People: Individuals from all walks of life.
The American Experience: Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in this country.
Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e. colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).
Mobile Photos: Photographs taken with a phone or tablet.

Grand Prize winner is awarded $2500. For more information, to see last year's winners and to enter, follow this link.

Deadline: November 30, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: AX3: 2014 Photography Competition
Sponsor: American Aperture Awards

The AX3 – American Aperture Awards are an international open call for photography possessing uncommon vision. This opportunity is open to photographers of all backgrounds who capture images that make the unknowable known. Our goal is to celebrate the most iconic photos taken by new and emerging talent, as well as professionals, from around the world and award their photographic insights.

Recognizing photos that captivate us also free us to identify our desires, we invite ALL types of photographers — professional, non-professional/amateur, student and mobile photography— in the following categories: Abstract, Advertising, Architecture/Cityscape, Collage, Documentary, Experimental, Fashion, Landscape/Seascape/Nature, Nudes, People/Portraits, Political, Photojournalism, Still Life, Street Photography, Video/Moving Images.

For more information and how to enter, click here.

Deadline: December 1, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Photo Contest LASA2015
Sponsor: Latin America Studies Association

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) invites you to submit photos reflecting upon social, cultural, and educational conflicts, and the increasing precariousness of life in 21st century Latin America.

In particular, we seek images that reflect social and labor issues affecting Latin Americans; the realities of class, gender, sexual identity, age, and racial exclusion; and images that portray the diverse forms of agency that emerge in these social, political, economic, and cultural processes, seen in events such as the recent mobilization of millions in Brazil, the growing environmental crisis and its effects on local communities, the plight of undocumented immigrants in the United States, and student protests against privatization of public education of the past years.

For more information, click here.

Deadline: December 1, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Portraiture: Expressions and Gestures
Sponsor: PhotoPlace Gallery

A flicker of a smile, a twinkle in the eyes, a subtle gesture of the hand, the blur of spontaneous movement — photography is uniquely capable of capturing the briefest slice of a subject's life. Good portraits give us insight into the subject; great portraits can give us insight into what it is to be human. For Portraiture: Expression and Gesture, we seek portraits (self- or otherwise) that inform us about the subject.

We are honored that Karen E. Haas, the Lane Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will be the juror for this exhibition. Karen will choose 40 photographs for display at PhotoPlace Gallery. She will also select up to 35 additional photographs for the gallery's Online Annex. All 75 photographs will be reproduced in an exhibition catalog.

Portraiture will be exhibited at PhotoPlace Gallery from February 24 through March 20, 2015. Submission fee: $30 for five photographs, $7 for each additional photograph.
For more information, and to enter, click here.

Deadline: December 28, 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: Chronograph
Sponsor: Darkroom Gallery

Time-oriented photography; vintage, futuristic or rhythmic imagery.
Photography is a medium renowned for freezing time. However, there are many facets and dichotomies this theme of chronology can visually explore.

We live in time - it holds us and molds us - but I never felt I understood it very well. And I'm not referring to theories about how it bends and doubles back, or may exist elsewhere in parallel versions. No, I mean ordinary, everyday time, which clocks and watches assure us passes regularly: tick-tock, click-clock. Is there anything more plausible than a second hand? And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time's malleability. Some emotions speed it up, others slow it down; occasionally, it seems to go missing - until the eventual point when it really does go missing, never to return.
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Darkroom Gallery is calling for explorative visual dipictions of time. Pasts and futures can often collide...and what of time travelers and quantum physics? Lastly, photographs can be truly devoid of time, they can have a sort of classic "timelessness". For more information, click here.

Deadline: January 15, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all photographers
Title: PhotoStream
Sponsor: Texas Rural Water Foundation

The Texas Rural Water Foundation (TRWF) and Texas Rural Water Association (TRWA) are proud to support the utilities that provide rural Texas’ drinking water and wastewater services. Our unique programs address utilities’ widespread needs, from training to program development to funding assistance and emergency response. As part of our continuous efforts to shine a spotlight on the past, present and future of rural water, we need your help. 

Ask yourself: what do you see when you look at the utility responsible for your drinking water or wastewater treatment? What are the visible effects of – and responses to – drought and water conservation in your region? Do you have any historical images representing how far we have come from the days of hand pumps and buckets? Categories include:

  • Rural Texas Water: A general category for images representing the rural water and wastewater utility industry

  • Water Infrastructure: Images of the technology that drives water utilities

  • Water Conservation and Drought: Images of the many impacts of drought, as well as the water conservation measures developed in response

  • Rural Water History: Images of historically significant artifacts, and/or scanned historical images depicting the history of Texas’ early rural water systems

For more information and how to enter, click here.


Last updated: October 15, 2014

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