bo – tan – i – cal :  concerning plants, agricultural, gardening, floral, grasses, herbs,  horticultural, shrubs, floricultural, botanic, weeds, landscaping,  arboricultural, trees, flowers …


“Edna Scholtz was never at odds with her extreme height. She towered over all the boys at school. To make life even more interesting, her mother insisted she wear floral patterned jumpers. At school she looked like an escaped, undulating flower bed coming down the hall.

Edna had a pet deer. Its name was Wanda. When asked where the name came from, she answered, “the little thing came with it.” Wanda preferred dog food to corn or alfalfa. This worried Edna.

Edna was a proud old maid until she met Rod, the new florist in town. He taught her the art of corsage making. Edna and Rod sat on the fifty-yard line, just in front of the band at homecoming — the stands bouncing and alive with Edna’s handiwork.

Edna had never liked carnations before. Her mother, an angry, frustrated actress, without a script, placed carnations on her father’s grave when he passed, not roses or calla lilies, cheap white carnations. Disgusted and distraught, Edna borrowed a wreath of red roses and a couple of pots of day lilies from old man Brewster’s fresh graveside. She knew the only family he had had already flown back to New Jersey.

When they got home, after the service, Edna noticed the gate to the fence surrounding her mother’s cherished okra patch was open, most of the okra plants had been eaten down from around seven feet tall to approximately three feet six inches. Wanda lay, her belly quite distended, amidst the carnage of the apex ingredient of gumbo, snoring. Edna’s mother screamed like a true, underappreciated Southern thespian, lost her footing and fell into Rod, knocking him to his knees. Two, very tightly rolled, joints fell from the inside pocket of his blazer, the wind moving them towards the street. All the commotion had awakened Wanda. Helping her mother to her feet Edna looked up to see Wanda and Rod both chasing the errant hemp, Wanda in the lead…” From “Wanda’s Night Out” By Franklin Cincinnatus


JUROR | Wendi Schneider will be the juror for “botanical”.  Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist widely known for her luminous gold leafed photographs. Born in Memphis, TN in 1955, 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 unique layering and gilding that would later 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’s sesquicentennial, Schneider moved from New Orleans to New York and began a diverse career that included fine art commissions, photography for magazines, book covers, and advertising, and later (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 New Orleans Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography, The Memphis Brooks Museum, The Auburn University Library Special Collections, the Try-Me Collection, as well as numerous private collections. Her work has been published and exhibited extensively worldwide and is represented by A Gallery for Fine Photography (New Orleans), Arnika Dawkins Gallery (Atlanta), Catherine Couturier Gallery (Houston), Etherton Gallery (Tucson), Galeria PhotoGraphic (San Miguel de Allende), Rick Wester Fine Art (New York), and Vision Gallery (Jerusalem). She is an active board member of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.


SUBMISSION | Guidelines: Digital images should 1200 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 received 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. Please note that gallery emails often end up in spam folders.  Please check your spam if you did not receive a confirmation email.

AWARDS| The awards are as follows:

Jurors Award – a 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 the gallery’s ArtWalk and FaceBook Live GalleryWalk.


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.


FOR MORE INFORMATION | amanda@asmithgallery.com