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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 2018 Award Winners

1st Place – Timothy Duffy, Body of Work, Hillsborough, North Carolina
2nd Place – Thao Le Huong Nguyen, Body of Work, Joplin, Missouri
3rd Place – Ashley Erikson, Body of Work, Joplin, Missouri
Merit Award – Russell Kinerson, Body of Work, Joplin, Missouri
Merit Award – David Gardner, Body of Work, San Francisco, California
Merit Award – Robyn Nordmeyer, Lebanon, Missouri
Honorable Mention – Sabrina Staires, Kansas City, Missouri
Honorable Mention – Alex Gourlay, Pittsburg, Kansas
Honorable Mention – Lauren Seidel, Marthasville, MO
People’s Choice – Ashley Erikson, “Olivia Victoria”, Joplin, Missouri
People’s Choice – Chauncey Huffman, “Don’t Believe Everything You Hear”, Pittsburg, Kansas

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