Photo Art Competition

Take a look at the images that were selected to be juried this year: Categories: Architecture, Abstracts, Documentary/Street, Still Life, Sports/Action/Adventure, and Other

Our online awards ceremony is on Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m. The event is free and will be preceded by a presentation by Rick Sammon and followed by a presentation by Kristi Odom.

11/7/20, 1:00 p.m. | Rick Sammon | How to Get Motivated and Stay Inspired | Free | Register
11/7/20, 4:30 p.m. | Kristi Odom | Photographing Local Biodiversity | Free | Register


Photo Art Competition Details

If an image conforms with the Nature competition rules, it may not be entered into the Photo Art competition. The purpose of the Photo Art competition is to provide a place for photographers to enter non-nature images (people, architecture, street scenes, still lifes, abstracts, etc., etc.) and the judge(s) will be asked to reflect this purpose in their scores.

View winners from the 2019 Photo Art Competition.

Number of Entries

Each club member may submit up to six (6) photographs into the Photo Art competition.


There is not a specific theme.

Specific Rules

All elements of the final image must originate as one or more in-camera photographs taken by the submitter. If textures are used they must be from images photographed by the submitter; the use of smartphone apps or programs (e.g., Topaz Texture Effects) that apply their own built-in textures is not allowed. In post-processing, all manipulations, including digital filters that alter the original pixels (e.g., blurring, distorting, colorizing, etc.) are allowed.

Judging Categories

Participants may enter their images in the categories below. There is no limit to the number of images an individual may enter in a category as long as the total number of entries for the Photo Art Exhibit does not exceed six.

The categories are:

Architecture – Images of buildings, ruins, bridges and similar man-made structures. Images of interiors or parts of structures are also permitted.

Abstracts – Images in which the object being photographed is not readily identifiable or has been made unidentifiable by software manipulation.  The emphasis in abstracts is on patterns, textures, tones, shapes, colors, etc.

Documentary/Street – Documentary photography typically chronicles events happening in the world and conveys information about the event. Street photography typically records everyday life in a public place; street photos are usually candid and capture moments that might otherwise go unnoticed. Some images may contain elements of both of these genres.

Still Life – Images of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects such as fruit in a bowl or flowers in a vase. Still lifes may be of an arranged or a found subject.

Sports/ Action/ Adventure – Images of sports or other types of action showing someone or something in motion, as well as images of other adventurous activities. Images of animals must not conform to the Nature rules.

Other – Images that don’t fall into any of the above categories and do not conform with the Nature competition rules.


The choice of the category into which an image is submitted is up to the artist. If the judges feel that an image is not submitted to the proper category they may, at their discretion, reflect this in their scores.

If you are unsure of the category to which you should submit your image, you may wish to check with your photography club’s Mid-Atlantic Photo Visions representative for guidance. Some overlap between categories is unavoidable and you should use your best judgment as to the proper category.


  • A “Best in Category” award will be given for each category.
  • A “Best in Show” image will be selected from among the “Best in Category” awards in the Nature and Photo Art exhibits.
  • People’s Choice: Expo attendees will be provided an opportunity to vote for a “People’s Choice” award from among the highest scoring images chosen by the judges from the Nature and Photo Art exhibits. These images will be separately displayed and specifically identified as candidates for the “People’s Choice” award.

Marketing Rights

Any image submitted into the competition maybe used by Mid-Atlantic Photo Visions for marketing purposes. Credit to the photographer maybe given if feasible.