National Photographic Competition & Exhibition

Sponsored by Freeman Health System

Exhibits March 16 – May 4, 2024

Hosted annually by Spiva Center for the Arts, the competition is open to all amateur and professional US photographers.

Established in 1977, PhotoSpiva is the longest-running competition of its kind.

Online entry is from

October 31, 2023 – January 1, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Background image: The Tailor by Richard Tuschman


PhotoSpiva 2024 Juror

Richard Tuschman

Richard Tuschman began experimenting with digital imaging in the early 1990s, developing a style that synthesized his interests in photography, painting and assemblage. Since 2012, beginning with his celebrated series, Hopper Meditations, he has focused on creating cinematic, open-ended photographic narratives that explore the complexities and emotional nuances of human relationships. Tuschman holds a BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and has been exhibited widely, both in the US and internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland, AIPAD in NYC, and the Photovisa Festival in Krasnodar, Russia. Tuschman’s projects have twice been selected to the Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, he was a Finalist for the New Orleans Photo Alliance Clarence John Laughlin Award in 2015 and 2016, and was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography in 2016. Richard Tuschman currently lives and works in New York City.

Learn more about Richard at



Begin entering on October 31, 2023

You’ll be Able to Enter Online

Deadline is Jan 1, 2024


$40 fee is required to enter five (5) photos. You must enter 5 photos and no less. If you wish to submit more than five images, each additional entry is $10


The images need to be JPEG formatted and in RGB color mode. You aren’t required to give us a specifically sized image, but a good guideline is to make either the width or the height about 1600 pixels and maintain the aspect ratio.


Place | Value

1ST | $1,000

2ND | $750

3RD | $500

Merit Award (3) | $150

Honorable Mention (3) | $100


PhotoSpiva is open to any amateur or professional photographer in the United States or its territories. Submitted images must be the photographer’s own work, and it is the sole responsibility of the photographer to obtain written releases from any recognizable person(s) depicted. Two-dimensional work derived from any photographic process — traditional, digital, or photo-based mixed media — is eligible as long as the work is original and has never been exhibited at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Three–dimensional work is not eligible for this competition and exhibition.

2023 Competition Results

Juror: Jennifer Thoreson


Alex and Zoe




Archival Inkjet Print

1st Place Award
Emily Fisher | Bedford, NY





Archival Inkjet Print

Through the Other Side

Archival inkjet print

Ice Fisherman, North Salem, NY


Great Serpent Mound, OH


I Am That I Am


2nd Place Award
Tom Stoffregen | Saint Paul, MN

Great Mound, Anderson, IN


Divine Faith Temple


Earthworks, Shawnee Lookout, OH


Trinity Fellowship Church


Avilla Post Office

digital photography

3rd Place Award
Curtis Almeter | Baxter Springs, KS


digital photography

Centraal Station, Amsterdam

Lambda print

Merit Award
Juliane Backmann | Los Angeles, CA

Guadalajara Crossing

Lambda print

Merit Award
Shirley Harryman | Kansas City, MO

In Lake Como



Archival print

The Baptism

Archival digital print

Merit Award
Michael Potts | Phoenix, AZ


Archival print

Purification 2

Archival digital print

Saturday Afternoon

Archival print

Along Came a Spider

Analog photography

American Honey

Analog photography

Honorable Mention
Jeren Kent | Los Angeles, CA


Analog film

Midnight Mass

Analog photography

Water Levels Rising/Zhang Huan’s Legacy

Analog film

Rosenwald School, Charleston, Arkansas

Medium-format color film photography

Honorable Mention
Sabine Schmidt | Fayetteville, AR

Sidewalk, Joplin, Missouri

medium-format color film photography


120mm film


120mm film

Honorable Mention
Collin Yung | Bolivar, MO


Digital photography


120mm film

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PhotoSpiva is presented by Freeman Health System with additional support from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
PhotoSpiva Competition
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