Pick up a very thin needle and poke a hole in a can or box or in the back of an old delivery truck.  Load in some film or light sensitive paper and you have a camera obscura.  Well, that’s the idea anyway.

The phenomena was first mentioned in 5th century BC China.  Recently the camera obscura is being celebrated in the form of a 1977 Chevy box truck named “Little Miss Sunshine”, created by Heather Oelklaus in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Amanda Smith discovered pinhole photography in the late 1990’s.  She was immediately attracted to the mysterious, ethereal, unpredictable quality of shooting without a lens.  Her body of work,  “Pinhole Diaries” is a celebration of the narrative possibilities of the camera obscura.


JUROR | Amanda Smith will be the juror for “pinhole”.  Amanda is the Owner and Gallery director of A Smith Gallery.  Amanda has been an active photographer for over thirty years.  Her tool of choice for many years has been a pinhole camera.

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 | Online: Fill out our online application to apply, send images, and make payment with Paypal. You will receive an email confirmation upon receiving the entry 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 | Mail: Please prepare a submission form with your name, address, email address and phone number along with a list of the titles and printing process of each entry.  The number of each title should correspond to the image number on the cd.  CD’s and submission form should be mailed to:

A Smith Gallery
P O Box 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.  

ELIGIBILITY | Submissions are open to all photographers both professional and amateur. 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 Selection – $325.00
Three Directors Selections – 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