trees: forest, sapling, oak, timber, woods, leaves, seedling, topiary, thicket, park, trunk, branches, family, grove, pine, foliage….

“When Sennacherib commissioned the creation of a beaten gold tree of life, worshiping it as the center of the known world, the dynamic, spiritually fibrous link between the underworld and the heavens, did he do so with the innate understanding that trees are the lungs of the world? Did the young girl that lived in a tree to stay the hungry chainsaw?

The ancient Celts built their cosmology around a tree. Were they subconsciously designing and discovering with their breath? Is the simple act of breathing the genesis of prayer?

We hold our breath when we shoot a gun — prayer suspended — the trees watching?

There is the story of the boy that planted a tree with his grandfather. It grew as he grew. Years later he fell in love with great growling machinery, machinery that cut and chewed and pushed and expunged.

A film crew caught him sitting, idle, in the bulldozer, tears running down his dirt and diesel painted cheeks — news of his grandfather’s death had just reached him. He suddenly recognized the fallen, mangled oaks and elms, he remembered the child/tree he had planted as a child. He couldn’t breathe…” From “Lost in the Neighborhood With Books” By Franklin Cincinnatus


Creativity is encouraged.


JUROR | Kevin Tully will be the juror for “trees”.  Along with being the co-director of A Smith Gallery, he is a curator, photographer, writer and painter.


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.

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