habitat : dwelling, nest, settlement, domicile, roost, homestead, haven, abode, surroundings, environment, digs, nook, quarters, home…….


“If you’ll just walk this way, please step around the seal, I’ll show you how he lived,” said the guide, a spotless captain’s cap sitting square on his small head.  She noticed how his ears waved a bit as he walked, not unlike those of the swaying elephant looking on from the boat house.

“Upon entering you will notice a rather large turkey buzzard perched on the Venetian urn in the alcove.  Please don’t be afraid and don’t touch please — it is stuffed and harmless.  This quite unattractive carrion eater would unfailingly greet the Doctor each time he entered, regurgitating a small gift that the Doctor would accept with a brilliant show of appreciation.  He would proceed into the great room and, beyond the view of the great bird, toss the gift out of the window to a family of shrew that lived in the flower bed, under the magnificently carved stone that he had brought back from the Congo.  You may still view it just as it was when he lived.”

Standing in the grand Portuguese style kitchen, tiled and painted with scenes of flora and fauna, the ceiling timbers decorated with nautical motifs mingled with reptiles and insects, she became aware, to her great disappointment, that all the animals in and around the house were the work of a gifted taxidermist.  She could have sworn that a stern faced gibbon perched above the stove winked at her.

A Japanese tourist, that had been trailing behind her silently the entire tour, started laughing and shouting something that sounded like “Cousteau.”  She turned to see him very excitedly pointing at what appeared to be a pile of some sort of animal dung.  The tour guide adjusted his captain’s cap, reached down and picked up the poop, tapping it against a rather large gold ring on his pinky, “It’s plastic you see.”  From “Amy Dolittle” by Franklin Cincinnatus


JUROR | Julie Blackmon will be the juror for “habitat”. Julie says she believes life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality: to see the mythic amidst the chaos. Inspired by the Dutch proverb of a “Jan Steen household,” which describes a home in disarray, overfilled with boisterous and rowdy children, Blackmon photographs the everyday lives of her family and her sisters’ families at their homes in Springfield, Missouri. The tableaux she creates are pieced together from several shots, resulting in collages that are both tailored and precarious.

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.

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

SUBMISSION | Mail: CD’s and submission form should be mailed to:

A Smith Gallery
P O Box 175
103 N Nugent #175
Johnson City, TX 78636

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

SUBMISSION | Entry Fee: $35 for the first 5 images, $6 per each additional image. Entries of 11 or more images are eligible for a review by the gallery directors.

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 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 exhbition 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