“small works”

“Some whale have teeth,” said the grizzled old shrimp boat captain.

“Oh,” said Lanh, his Vietnamese crewman, using up one of his twelve English words.

“How big?” using up two more.

Oh, about six inches or so,” responded the Captain.

“Oh,” replied Lanh.

“Yep, take the wheel, I’ll show ya,” said the Captain, moving down below deck.

The Captain returned holding an intricately scratched and pigmented whale’s tooth. The scrimshawed tooth contained a beautifully rendered New England port scene, with wharves and tall ships and stevedores and gentlemen and salt box houses and sea gulls and fish mongers.  All in a space about six inches by three inches.

“Oh, no big,” said Lanh, using up two more of his English words.

“No, not big,” said the Captain, but beautiful, eh?”

“Yes, that,” said Lanh, coming dangerously close to the end of his usable vocabulary, he excused himself, wanting to describe the ivory cameo an American GI gave his mother all those years ago. He wanted to tell the Captain as a kid he thought the woman on the cameo was America…”

From “The Shrimpers of Matagorda County” By Franklin Cincinnatus


Any photographic medium including digital, alternative process, mixed media and 3D are acceptable.   Any subject matter is acceptable.   The only rule….the maximum dimension of finished piece (including frame if framed) can be no larger than 12” on the longest side.


JUROR | Kevin Tully, co-director of A Smith Gallery, will be the juror.


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


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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. International entries are welcomed.   Work previously exhibited in the gallery or featured on the blog are not eligible.


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Jurors Award – $325.00
Directors Award – $250.00
Discretionary Honorable Mentions – an exhibition catalogue
Visitors Award – $100.00


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