DEADLINE January 3rd, 2019 23:59 EST
This exhibition's juror will privately critique up to 10 images. 9 Critiques Remain.

Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik

© Elizabeth Opalenik

 Water: it goes without saying that it's crucial to life on this planet.  The surface of the earth is more than 70% water, and the human body is composed of up to 60% water.  We humans feel an intimate connection with water and have expressed that connectivity in our art for thousands of years.  No surprise, then that photographers are attracted to water in its many forms and guises: everything from oceans, lakes and rivers to the sheen of rain on wet pavement.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close:03 January 19 23:59 EST
Selections Announced:by 11 January 19
On-Line Check-in Due:17 January 19
Work Receipt Deadline:3 February 19
Exhibit Opens:6 February 19
Artists' Reception:23 February 19 16:00
Exhibit Closes:19 March 19
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For this exhibition we're looking for creative depictions of anything Wet. This could include  water in its other guises, as ice or steam.  The subject matter of the photos you submit can be virtually anything as long as water or wetness is included. For example, think of the ways a surface is transformed by a gloss of water, the many ways of picturing water droplets, and the ways in which water is used in technology.  Be aware, also, of the demands people are placing on water, making it a scarce and valuable resource in many parts of the world.  Floods in some places, droughts in others. This is a wide open theme that should be accessible to most who shoot photos; show us your best.


© Philippe Antoine Boirin

© Philippe Antoine Boirin

© Beth Pelton  © David Aimone 

 © Li Shen © Wendy Schneider 

© Elizabeth Opalenik


Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik

 Elizabeth Opalenik now lives and works in Oakland, California, but this peripatetic artist is often on the move. As a photographic artist, she believes that all good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams. Her nearly 40 year career has found her teaching or making images on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things. Elizabeth conducts photographic portrait, figure and mordançage workshops internationally, creating a sense of wonder and possibility in her students.

Elizabeth is committed to her black and white darkroom, but combines digital usage when appropriate. Her preference is working with water in any form or illusion and furthering her work in the French process Mordançage where she has added her signature style by creating veils of floating silver emulsion.

Elizabeth’s work is collected, published and exhibited internationally. In addition, Opalenik also travels with Medical Ministry International, documenting the projects of eye doctors in Colombia, Bolivia and the Amazon.

Following a life-long dream, she published her first monograph, Poetic Grace-Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007. Her website is

  • 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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