National Photographic Competition & Exhibition

March 21, 2019 – May 16, 2020

Sponsored by Freeman Health System and Missouri Arts Council

Jurored by April M. Watson, Ph.D., Curator of Photography, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

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

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

Online entry is from October 31, 2019 – January 1, 2020 at Midnight.

 

Be aware! The format for entry has changed from previous years for your convenience.

 

 

April M. Watson

PhotoSpiva Juror 2020

 

     

During her twelve-year tenure at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Watson has worked extensively with the renowned Hallmark Photographic Collection. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions, including Gordon Parks X Muhammad Ali: The Image of a Champion, 1966/1970 (forthcoming, 2020); Anthony Hernandez: L.A. Landscapes (2019); Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time (2018); Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet (2013); and Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans (2012). Prior to the Nelson-Atkins. Watson held curatorial research positions at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson.

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HOW DO I ENTER?

Begin entering on October 31, 2019

You’ll be Able to Enter Online

Deadline is Jan 1, 2020

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ENTRY FEE

$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

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WHAT DO I NEED TO ENTER?

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.

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AWARDS

Place | Value

1ST | $1,000

2ND | $750

3RD | $500

Merit Award (3) | $150

Honorable Mention (3) | $100

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ELIGIBILITY

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.

2019 Competition Results

Juror: Patty Carroll

pattycarroll.com

1st Place Award | Body of Work
Yuan Qian | Lawrence, KS

Keep Walking

film photography

1st Place Award | Body of Work
Yuan Qian| Lawrence, KS

A Family of Three

digital photography

2nd Place Award | Body of Work
Thao Nguyen | Joplin, MO

Tables Available

digital image, archival inkjet print

2nd Place Award | Body of Work
Thao Nguyen | Joplin, MO

Exit

digital image, archival inkjet print

2nd Place Award | Body of Work
Thao Nguyen | Joplin, MO

Arrangement Without Being Arranged

digital image, archival inkjet print

3rd Place Award | Body of Work
Emily Evans Sloan | Kansas City, MO

Pool

digital archival print

3rd Place Award | Body of Work
Emily Evans Sloan | Kansas City, MO

Magnolia

digital archival print

Merit Award | Body of Work
Sabine Schmidt | Fayetteville, AR

Clarence Pool Hall, Brinkley

medium format color film

Merit Award | Body of Work
Sabine Schmidt | Fayetteville, AR

Dusk, Rancho de Taos

medium format color film

Merit Award | Body of Work
Judi Iranyi | San Francisco, CA

Irene and Simon

digital photography, archival pigment print

Merit Award | Body of Work
Judi Iranyi | San Francisco, CA

Margo

negative film scanned, archival digital print

Merit Award | Body of Work
Judi Iranyi | San Francisco, CA

Mattie

negative film, archival digital print

Merit Award
Richard Aardsma | Grandville, MI

Palm Springs Revisited

archival pigment print

Honorable Mention | Body of Work
Ellen Smith | Webb City, MO

A Back Alley in Oslo, Norway (1)

35mm film

Honorable Mention |  Body of Work
Ellen Smith | Webb City, MO

A Back Alley in Oslo, Norway (2)

35mm film

Honorable Mention | Body of Work
Julie Woodward | Rushville, MO

Family on the Porch

digital photography

Honorable Mention | Body of Work
Julie Woodward | Rushville, MO

What’s For Dinner

digital photography

Honorable Mention | Body of Work
Julie Woodward | Rushville, MO

Five Hours at the Airport

digital photography

Honorable Mention | Body of Work
Chuck Davis | Rogers, AR

Living in a Sundown Town

digital-dye sublimation on aluminum

Honorable Mention | Body of Work
Chuck Davis | Rogers, AR

Million-Dollar Views

digital-dye sublimation on aluminum

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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.
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