summertime :  vacation, heat, hot dogs, ice cream, picnic, beach, fiesta, holiday, respite, swimming, relaxation, mosquitos, green, r and r, fun ….


Elton John covering Mungo Jerry’s “In The Summertime” (In the summertime when the weather is hot / You can stretch right up and touch the sky / When the weather’s fine / You got women, you got women on your mind /Have a drink, have a drive..) is amusingly ironic.  I don’t think Elton would be angry with me for pointing this out.

For me, musically, culturally, the summer of 1969 was the bomb.  “Lay Lady Lay”, “The Theme from Romeo and Juliet”, “Get Back”, “A Boy Named Sue”, “Marrakesh Express”, and of course, “In the Summertime” come galloping fourth like wild, familial horses.   1967 was the summer of love.  1969 was the summer of transformation. “Easy Rider” blew our minds.  The world we kids had known ripped apart at the seams.

Yet, the mosquitos still hounded us, we still: burnt our feet on hot concrete, pulled up blue crab and filled galvanized trash cans with snapping bunches of them, ate cold watermelon and listened to our grandmother recite to the neighbor the recipe for pickled watermelon rind over the fence, got so sunburned we couldn’t sleep, pushed and pinched to be the first to get a bowl of homemade peach ice cream, sat in cool evening st. augustine grass beside our parents in lawn chairs as they talked about The Viet Nam War, Hippies, UFOs, Richard Nixon, Neil Armstrong, Midnight Cowboy, Marijuana, June bugs…

Summertime memories are sometimes too strong to bear when one gets older.  But, mostly they are like Fourth of July bottle rockets and vacation love affairs – spectacular.  Summertime is love.  We all have it with us forever.

Franklin Cincinnatus


JUROR |  Jennifer Shaw will be the juror of “summertime”.  Shaw is the founder and creative director of PhotoNOLA, New Orleans’ annual photography festival. The festival showcases works from local and international artists, and is presented by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries and alternative venues citywide. Shaw has juried contests and exhibitions for One One Thousand, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Piclet.org’s POPCAP 2014, Louisiana State University Student Art Show (2015, 2007), the Sony World Photography Awards, 2017, and British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Humanity, 2019.  Her curatorial experience includes I’ll Be Your Mirror, Homespace Gallery, 2012; Gathering, A. Smith Gallery, 2015; the 2018 Somerville Toy Camera Festival; Life of Water, Center for Fine Art Photography, 2019; as well as numerous PhotoNOLA exhibitions over the past thirteen years.

Shaw earned a BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. She also teaches the disappearing art of darkroom photography at the Louise S. McGehee School, in addition to pursuing her own art. Her photographs have been published in two monographs: Hurricane Story (Chin Music Press, 2011) and Nature/Nurture (North Light Press, 2012).


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


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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 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