“open-theme | unconstrained”

open-theme | unconstrained : wide, uncluttered, unbridled, expansive, emptied, unimpeded, unobstructed, unrestrained, clear, spacious, unbarred ……


This is an open theme call for entry….  there is no theme.  Any image in any photo based medium of any subject is eligible.



“An old Story: Gertrude turned her pet goose loose in Pa Latrobe’s strawberry patch. The goose gleefully raised its crimson stained beak to the sky and trumpeted its honking praise of the ground hugging dessert veterans. Pa Latrobe watched, chuckling, hidden behind a low hedge of Jerusalem Cherry, proud that his Granddaughter was independent and willing to take risks to follow her will and her bliss.

An older story: The teenage Homo sapiens boy fell madly in love with a lovely creative, the Neanderthals were more artsy than the Homo sapiens, teenage Neanderthal girl. Her cave drawings were unparalleled in their region of, what would become, Northern Spain.  The boy’s Father and Uncle were extremely upset that the boy was having a dalliance with the Neanderthal girl.  The Uncle volunteered to murder the girl. The boy was nearby cleaning the remaining charred flesh from the femur of a dire wolf when he overheard his Uncle offer to kill his sweetheart. He then carefully collected his flint tools, mammoth sleeping robe and childhood play totems and crept out of the cave to find his love.

The paintings the boy and girl made together in a cave in Cantabria, Spain later turned the archeology world on its head – it had been accepted that Neanderthals were just large foreheaded brutes. They were lovers too.

The oldest story: Gogonasus, Gogo for short, was a fish that lived three hundred and eighty million years ago.  He lived in the early ocean, hanging around coral reefs, popping out of the water occasionally to hunt on the exposed coral.  On one particular Sunday afternoon he sprang up on the exposed sun-bleached coral, chasing a rather large dragonfly. Finishing his meal he looked around, it would be a number of years before his kind could see clearly out of water, he looked around at the blurry world around him and realized it was brimming with crawling, flying, slithering foodstuffs. So, although he would miss his friends, he took a deep breath and headed landward – his mother had been eaten a couple of months before…”  From “A Man Wearing Briefs History of the World” by Franklin Cincinnatus


JUROR:  Catherine Couturier is the owner and director of Catherine Couturier Gallery. Upon its inception, the gallery quickly evolved into the premier photography gallery in Houston, Texas and sits at the center of Gallery Row. The gallery is a member of AIPAD, and Catherine has served on the advisory council of Houston Center for Photography. Couturier also reviews portfolios for organizations and festivals such as Photo Nola, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Fotofest, is a juror for Critical Mass, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and LA Center for Photography, and give lectures to artists and collectors alike on a myriad of subjects related to the field of fine art photography. The Catherine Couturier Gallery is committed to excellence with a dedication to the medium in all its forms, with the goal to showcase the best fine art photography available.


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.

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 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 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