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DEADLINE February 27th, 2019 23:59 EST
This exhibition's juror will privately critique up to 10 images.

Juror: Amy Holmes George

© Amy Holmes George


A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound. 

The above quotation comes not from a photographer, but from 19th century French poet (and art critic) Charles Baudelaire. It's still an accurate observation, maybe even more incisive  with the many changes in image-making that have taken place since 1859.  In the age of the selfie and ubiquitous photos of people both famous and unknown it's sometimes hard to imagine a new way of presenting a human likeness, and yet photographers are doing it.  It's said that the portrait differs from the candid (or street) photo in that the subject of the portrait knows that she or he is being photographed. With only that as a caveat there's a broad range of interpretations possible. You can see some examples from recent exhibitions in the images below.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close:27 February 19 23:59 EST
Selections Announced:by 7 March 19
On-Line Check-in Due:15 March 19
Work Receipt Deadline:1 April 19
Exhibit Opens:4 April 19
Artists' Reception:13 April 19 16:00
Exhibit Closes:12 May 19
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So, for this exhibition you're free to interpret the portrait in any way you choose. It can be a self portrait, a formal portrait, a from-the-hip shot of someone whose attention you've caught, or even a random body part. Manipulation of the image is permitted as long as the primary subject is from a photographic source in any medium.  Thinking, or seeing, outside the box is very much encouraged, although skilled classic portraits ala Avedon or Karsh would be quite welcome. Simple or complex, obvious or profound; all are appropriate.



Test Desc

© David Aimone

© Amy Holmes George

© Edward Rubin

© Gerry Davis

© Timo Evon

© Russ Rowland



Amy Holmes George, who lives near Dallas, Texas, is a fine art photographer and the past Executive Director of Texas Photographic Society (2013-2018). As a former tenured professor of photography and digital media at Stephen F. Austin State University, Amy has also held teaching appointments at Collin College, Baylor University and University of North Texas. Amy is a recent member of the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education (2013-2017) and a 2008 Fulbright grant recipient. She earned an MFA in photography from Clemson University and a BFA cum laude in photography and graphic design from Miami University.

Exhibited widely throughout the U.S. as well as in Italy, England, France and China, Amy's work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions and is housed in several permanent collections, including The Getty, The Kinsey Institute and the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Florence, Italy. Her work has been published in a variety of texts, including the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes [Christopher James, 2015]; Gum Printing and other Amazing Contact Printing Processes [Christina Z. Anderson, 2013]; and the fifth edition of Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels [Robert Hirsch, 2010].  


  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, and an exhibition catalog.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.


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