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About PhotoSpiva

PhotoSpiva is a national competition hosted annually by Spiva Center for the Arts. Founded in 1977, PhotoSpiva has become the longest-running photographic competition of its kind in the U.S. As stated by the founders, the objective of PhotoSpiva is to “present an exhibition of excellence in photography, celebrating the scope and vigorous activity of today’s contemporary photographers.”

Co-Founder Jim Mueller stated, “We have intentionally avoided any categorization of either photographers or their work in setting forth the criteria for this competitive.” PhotoSpiva welcomes any photographic process as long as it is original artwork and has not been previously exhibited at Spiva Center for the Arts. This philosophy has created an unbiased forum for exhibiting and educating photographers. The PhotoSpiva prospectus, promotional materials and exhibition brochures are distributed to professional photographers, emerging artists, educators, students, and amateur photography enthusiasts throughout the United States.

Sponsored generously by the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau



PhotoSpiva 2019 Award Winners

1st Place – Yuan Qian, Body of Work, Lawrence, Kansas
2nd Place – Thao Le Huong Nguyen, Body of Work, Joplin, Missouri
3rd Place – Emily Evans Sloan, Body of Work, Kansas City, Missouri
Merit Award – Sabine Schmidt, Body of Work, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Merit Award – Judi Iranyi, Body of Work, San Francisco, California
Merit Award – Richard Aardsma, Grandville, Michigan
Honorable Mention – Ellen Smith, Body of Work, Webb City, Missouri
Honorable Mention – Julie Woodward, Body of Work, Rushville, Missouri
Honorable Mention – Chuck Davis, Body of Work, Rogers, Arkansas
People’s Choice – Chauncey Rion Huffman, “A Quiet Moment”, Pittsburg, Kansas

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