land – scapes : scenery, countryside, topography, land, terrain, environment, outlook, vista, panorama, view …..
“Naturally it is expected that thistles will sting and prick. Hard to get rid of them. Never plant ‘em,” said Bill the County Agent, looking from the twenty-third floor conference room out over the forest of skyscrapers and red and brown brick buildings from the previous century.
“Who the hell would plant them anyway,” he thought to himself, turning back to the audience.
“You know if you squint your eyes, look out there, it looks like burnt prairie with rising blunt shards of glass,” said Bill the County Agent.
Shaking her head and raising her hand, Daphne Shula asked, “My Great Grandfather thinks I have nematodes. My roses are dying. Is sugar good to treat nematodes? He says that during the war they couldn’t waste sugar and his roses died.”
“Oh, uh, well it has been a remedy used with some success by folks in the past,’” answered Bill the County Agent.
“My grandmother was raised on a farm in Big Sur, they raised artichokes and strawberries. Artichokes are giant thistles you know?” said Andrew Tankersley, holding tight to the rolled-up event program.
“Yes, I’m aware of that…Did you ever see a field of them in bloom? It is a magnificent purple display,” said Bill the County Agent.
“Well, you can’t eat them then,” said Andrew Tankersley.
“Yes, I know that,” said Bill the County Agent….” From “Thistles” By Franklin Cincinnatus
JUROR |Kevin Tully will be the juror for “landscapes”. Kevin is a photographer, designer, writer and artist. He has over forty years of experience as a landscape designer, furniture designer, fine art painter, photographer and writer. Kevin’s alter-ego and nom de plume, Franklin Cincinnatus, is currently working on a soon to be published collection of stories.
SUBMISSION | Guidelines: Digital images should be up to 1800 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. Please note that gallery emails often end up in spam folders. Please check your spam if you did not receive a confirmation email.
SUBMISSION | Entry Fee: $40 for the first 5 images, $5 per each additional image. There is no limit to the number of images you may submit. Submission fees are not refundable.
SUBMISSION | Entry Reviews: Photographers submitting 13 or more images are entitled to receive a complimentary review by the gallery directors. Photographers that enter less than 13 images, can receive a review for an additional $20. All reviews will be 30 minutes and typically scheduled a week after the exhibition results are announced.
ELIGIBILITY | The competition is 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 in an A Smith Gallery competition is not eligible.
ONLINE EXHIBITION AND CATALOGUE | Jurors will be selecting 55 images in total. All 55 images will be in an exhibition catalogue and also be included in the online exhibition gallery. A complimentary copy of the exhibition catalogue will be mailed to each photographer included in the catalogue. There is a postage fee of $15 for non US photographers eligible to receive the catalogue. The gallery will be featuring each of the 55 images on both Facebook and Instagram over the span of the exhibition.
“THE 27” HARDBOUND EXHIBITION BOOK | 27 images from the total 55 images will be selected for “The 27”, a hardbound fine art book of the exhibition. “The 27” will be available for purchase.
NOTIFICATIONS | All photographers who have submitted an entry will receive an email notification of the juror’s selection as well as confirmation of your entry being received. Confirmation emails are sent directly from the gallery directors and may take a few hours to be sent. Please note that gallery emails often end up in spam folders. Please check your spam if you did not receive a confirmation email. If concerned, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWARDS| The awards are as follows:
Jurors Award – an online solo exhibition, “The 27” exhibition book and feature story on the gallery blog
Directors Award – “The 27” exhibition book and a feature story on the gallery blog
Visitors Award (most Instagram likes) – $100
The solo exhibition awarded as the Juror’s Award will be scheduled at a mutually agreed time for the duration of a month. An artist reception will be scheduled the last Saturday of the month during our FaceBook Live GalleryWalk(virtual).
SALES | The gallery has an online store and will include all images from the exhibition. The gallery will retain 40% of the sales price. When a print sells, there are two options. First, the artist may ship a signed print directly to the buyer. Or the gallery will print the image for the artist. Please see Printing Services for details.
USE RIGHTS | Photographers retain full rights to their own images. The gallery will use the photographer’s images for publicity purposes as well as on line gallery, online store, exhibition catalogue and “The 27” exhibition book.
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