surroundings : environment, ambience, location, setting, milieu, neighborhood, environs, home, place, scene, vicinity, site, locale, habitat, dwelling….


“Gentry, self-consciously at first, then boldly retrieved the purple stuffed Barney effigy from its hiding place in the non-functioning 1950’s Frigidaire that served, chicly and uniquely, as extra storage; a mid-century armoire of sorts. He placed the grinning, polyester, pudgy tyrannosaurus rex on the chrome and rayon Eames inspired, with a nod to Le Corbusier, Ikea sofa — theatrically coughing; grinning—what his Publisher father would call, “that infuriating, insouciant millennial grin.”

Gentry’s Father, The Publisher, “the poor boy from Jersey” that indeed did work for everything he had, the welder through college, the high school sports reporter and pharmacy delivery driver through young parenthood and graduate school, the three time married, the real estate investor, the player of the stock market, the young hell-raiser, the experimenter with recreational drugs, the actually pretty ordinary fellow with above average intelligence couldn’t understand his son’s insouciance. It frightened him.

Gentry’s Dad didn’t want sea level rise to take his seaside condo, he didn’t want to have to divest of his investment in cattle ranching in Texas because of recurring drought – he really enjoyed playing cowboy a week out of every year. Gentry’s Dad hated selling his small piece of the New Orleans Saints – he didn’t trust their corporal future. Gentry’s Dad still mourned the loss of his favorite golf course in Puerto Rico. Gentry’s Dad just hadn’t learned the efficacy of the insouciant millennial grin yet, he would…” From “The Insouciant Millennial Smile” BY Franklin Cincinnatus


JUROR | Kat Kiernan will be the juror for “surroundings”.  Kiernan was raised on the coast of Maine. Now a city-dweller, the influence of her rural upbringing can be seen in her autobiographical photographs rooted in the natural world. Often using herself as her subject, her work explores feelings of uncertainty. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and been featured in publications including China Life, Lenscratch, and The Woven Tale Press. In 2012, she was named one of Artpil’s “30 under 30” women photographers to watch.

Kiernan lives in Brooklyn where she is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures. She curated numerous exhibitions as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston and owner of The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia. In 2015, she received the Griffin Museum’s Rising Star Award for her contributions to the photographic community. Kiernan’s writings on photography have been published in journals and blogs including Art New England Online, Feature Shoot, and Big, Red, and Shiny, as well as in books, including Agnieszka Sosnowska: Myth of a Woman (The National Museum of Iceland, 2019), and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect, 2017). She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.


Creativity is encouraged.


SUBMISSION | Guidelines:  Digital images should 1000 pixels on the longest side saved in JPEG format at 72 ppi. Each image should be labeled with consecutive numbers followed by your name, i.e. 1FirstName_LastName.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the application form.  Please do not watermark your images.  If you need help sizing your images, please follow this link https://convert.town/image-dpi


SUBMISSION | Online:  Fill out our online application to apply, send images, and make payment with Paypal. You will receive an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment. You can also fill and submit the online application, print out your confirmation email, and mail it with a check for your fees to the address below. 

SUBMISSION | Email:  Email image files and submission form to amanda@asmithgallery.com. The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment.

The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment.


SUBMISSION | Entry Fee:  $38 for the first 5 images, $7 per each additional image. Submissions of 11 or more images are eligible for a review of the submitted images by the gallery directors.  Submission fees are not refundable.


ELIGIBILITY |  Submissions are open to all photographers both professional and amateur working in all photographic mediums and styles. International entries are welcomed. Work that has been previously exhibited at A Smith Gallery is not eligible.


PRINTING/MATTING/FRAMING | Information:  The gallery offers printing, matting and framing services. If sending framed work, please use mats and frames that compliment your work and are appropriate in a gallery setting. Colored mats are discouraged. All images should be ready to hang with wires. Gallery wraps are not acceptable. If you have any questions regarding appropriate presentation please contact amanda@asmithgallery.com.


AWARDS|  The awards are as follows:

Jurors Award – $325.00
Directors Award – $250.00
Three Juror Honorable Mentions – an exhibition catalogue
Director Honorable Mentions chosen at the discretion of the Gallery Directors – an exhibition catalogue
Visitors Award – $100.00


SALES |  The gallery will retain 40% of the sales price.


USE RIGHTS |  Photographers retain full rights to their own images. The gallery will use the photographer’s images for publicity purposes as well as in the Blurb exhibition catalogue.


FOR MORE INFORMATION |  amanda@asmithgallery.com