vistas:  glimpse, landscape, perspective, seascape, scene, panorama, scenery, cityscape, view, overlook, horizon …


“My cousin grew up on Alta Vista Lane. I have always associated her with Alta Vista and Alta Vista with her. I wasn’t aware of it as Spanish (high view or tall view) until I could speak Spanish and even then it wasn’t Spanish, it was the place my cousin grew up and, my Aunt and Uncle lived there too.

Vista, a Spanish noun for the English word “view” has been appropriated by English speakers to describe a scene that is grand and beautifully panoramic. If I remember correctly it was thrown around a lot in old Western Movies.

My first true recognition of the Spanish word was when one day, many years ago, a fellow that worked for me from Mexico was describing his village in the mountains of Queretaro and he was telling me of the “vistas bonitas” form his house. I knew the word. I had just never heard it used in real time by a Spanish speaker. I came to realize that the fellows that worked for me only used it when describing some place other than where we were or when describing a place from the past. The same fellow from Queretaro, a particularly articulate fellow, once used, “Las vistas de mi juventude” (the times of his childhood) in a sentence describing the events of his difficult youth; sleeping in his Aunt’s cornfield, throwing rocks at crows — keeping them away from the drying kernels.

So, now when I hear the word it brings up memories of grand landscapes I have seen – crowding out the long shots of John Wayne moving away, small, on horseback in John Ford movies — or images of little Manuel trotting, barefoot and ragged, stooping, helter skelter, to pick up rocks, giddily admonishing the wickedly smart and conniving crows as he threw the broken rocks at them, wishing he too could fly…”  From “Lost in the Neighborhood With Books” By Franklin Cincinnatus


Creativity is encouraged.


JUROR | S Gayle Stevens will be the juror for “vistas”.  Ms. Stevens has worked in antiquarian photographic processes for over twenty years. Her chosen medium is wet plate collodion for its fluidity and individuality. She exhibits extensively across the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and China. Ms. Stevens received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She is an educator, speaker, juror, curator and an active member of the photographic community. Named one of the Critical Mass Top Fifty Photographers for 2010 and 2014, she received second place in the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards in 2011 and was named a finalist for the Clarence John Laughlin Award in 2012 and 2014. Her work has been featured in Fraction, Square, Shots, Diffusion, B + W Photography, South by Southeast and Fuzion magazines and in Inventing Reality, New Orleans Visionary Photography. North Light Press published a book of Stevens’ work, Calligraphy, in their 11 + 1 Signature series. Christopher James will feature her work in the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Stevens’ work is widely collected and is part of the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Rockford Museum of Art and the Center for Fine Art Photography and recently the University of New Mexico Art Museum, among others. A member of the Posse photo collective, she divides her time shooting in Pass Christian, Mississippi and Downers Grove, Illinois, where she resides. Stevens is represented by Tilt Gallery, Catherine Couturier Gallery, and Gallery Kayafas and Paul Cava.


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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