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


“Angelique spent her fourth birthday sitting under her tree with three friends. They ate bologna sandwiches with sweet relish, cake and ice cream. Gertrude, her closest friend, made a toast with a Dr. Pepper. She had witnessed her parents’ evening ritual with good wine at dinner.Angelique loved her tree. Her grandfather planted it when he was a kid, with his grandfather.Angelique’s father told her of all the wonderful and useful things that could be made of a tree: spoons and shoes and slingshots and shingles and houses and toothpicks and dominoes. She was amazed, but made her father promise that he would not make toothpicks or anything else out of her tree. He promised.Angelique spent many hours under the tree. She was married under the tree. She wrote books under the tree. She organized a political movement, to save trees, under the tree. She spread her husband’s ashes under the tree.One morning, after a terrible storm, she looked from her bed and noticed the tree was leaning badly. Awfully sad she called her neighbor, Andy, and asked him to please come over. Andy was a carpenter. When he arrived she motioned him over and whispered in his ear.Angelique passed away at the wonderful old age of ninety-seven. Andy had just finished a beautiful new barn in her backyard. Angelique had given instructions that when she died a grand party was to be held in the barn, with a band and pot roast.Everyone commented on how beautiful the dance floor was, the wood a  velvety brown. The band played late into the evening. The guests danced and danced. The sound of the tree under their feet echoing into the cool, clear night…” From “Her Tree” By Franklin Cincinnatus


JUROR | Wendi Schneider will be the juror for “trees”. She is a Denver based visual artist widely known for her luminous gold leafed photographs. Her work is influenced by a background in painting and art history, her collection of turn-of-the-twentieth-century art and objects, and the lush landscapes of Memphis, New Orleans and New York. She turned to photography to create references of models for paintings in the early 1980s. Mesmerized by the possibilities of the photographic art form and the alchemy of the darkroom, yet missing the sensuousness of oils, Schneider began to layer oils on her photographs to manipulate the boundaries between the real and the imagined. This process laid the groundwork for the layering and gilding that would become the foundation of the ongoing ‘States of Grace’ series.

In 1988, after recreating The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book for The Times-Picayune newspaper, Schneider moved to New York and began a diverse career that included fine art commissions, photography for magazines, book covers, and advertising, and after a move to Denver in 1994, a return to design and art direction. In 2012, she began to produce a collection of photographs featuring flora and fauna – ‘States of Grace’ – which was to become her signature body of work.

Schneider’s photographs are held in the permanent collections of The Asheville Art Museum, The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography, The Memphis Brooks Museum, The Auburn University Library, as well as numerous private collections. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally and is represented by A Gallery for Fine Photography (New Orleans), Arnika Dawkins Gallery (Atlanta), Catherine Couturier Gallery (Houston), Etherton Gallery (Tucson), PhotoGraphic Gallery (San Miguel de Allende), Rick Wester Fine Art (New York), Vision Gallery (Jerusalem), and Wach Gallery (Cleveland). She is an active board member of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.


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.  We prefer not to accept images created with Artificial Intelligence at the present time due to the lack of clarity concerning copyright issues and the ongoing litigation associated with them.


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.  There will also be a GalleryTalk with the gallery directors discussing all 55 images.  The GalleryTalk will be posted in the blog section of the website. The online exhibition as well as the GalleryTalk will be permanently archived after the end of the exhibition period.

“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 amanda@asmithgallery.com.

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 30% 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.


FOR MORE INFORMATION | amanda@asmithgallery.com