Submissions Closed


Abstractions in the visual arts are about expressing general ideas or qualities of an actual person, object, and action.  It is about expressing ideas and emotions by using elements such as colors and lines without attempting to recreate the original image.  The basis for abstractions is to, in varying degrees, alter the reality of the subject thru Photography or digital art.  This competition invites photographers and digital artists to use their own interpretations of these ideas, using any type of subject matter and using any style of photography or digital art.



Best In Competition – $400 cash and Exposure 3 from Alien Skin

Special Recognition Award is given by Renee Phillips – Choice of any three ebooks from Renee Phillips’s E-Book Shop For Artists

2nd Place – $50 cash award

3rd Place – $25 cash award

5 Honorable Mentions


opens February 5, 2018

Submission deadline changed to March 18 (12:00 pm), 2018

Entry Fee: $20 for 2 images; $30 for 3 images; $35 for 5 images; method of payment: PayPal – now accepts all major credit cards

Judging Criteria: Impact, Composition, Theme Consistency, and Creativity will be used to judge entries

Judging ends: March 27, 2018

Exhibition opens March 25, 2018

*No image that was submitted in prior competitions can be submitted in ABSTRACTIONS 2018.




Juror Panel

Ron Colbroth

 Ron Colbroth is an internationally-recognized award-winning photographer based in the Washington, DC, area. Ron has over thirty years’ experience in advertising, corporate and editorial photography for national and international clients.

Ron’s photographs have appeared in numerous magazines over the years, including Historic Preservation, US News and World Report, National Geographic Traveler, Pacifica, Wingspan (Japan), Signature (Japan), Esquire (Japan), Ca Y Est (Japan) and Orgyn (Belgium) to name a few.  Ron has worked for national corporations (The Washington Post, The National Geographic Society, Middleton Place Foundation, National, National Retail Federation, UPS, Marine Corps League, Colonial Williamsburg) and international corporations (Diner’s Club of Japan, Tokyo Gass, Toto-Japan, US Meat Export Federation-Japan) and his photographs have appeared in several books including Washington, DC -Abrams; Gardens of America – Thomasson-Grant; and Alexandria, Virginia: an Illustrated History – Donning.

Ron’s photographs also illustrate a children’s book titled Born to Run on thoroughbred horses and A Guide to Equine Joint Injection by Solvay Veterinary. He has self-published books on Greece, Southwest.


Ellen Fisch

 Ellen Fisch has exhibited her fine art architectural photography, Novoimago, extensively in the United States. Exhibitions also include solo and group shows in the NY Mercantile Exchange; Museum of American Finance; African American Museum of Art; numerous libraries and galleries in NYC, and many other locations. In addition to exhibitions, she has been published in several publications including Swide, Dolce & Gabbana’s on-line magazine, Articles and photography in Black Star Rising; Conde Nast Traveler UK; Destinations; and The Art of Everyday Joe. She has been Spokesperson at PhotoPlus in NYC for Tiffen/Dfx professional software and is on the board of Governors for the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, NYC. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in NYC and the State Park System of NH has displayed her work on their cards, brochures and advertising materials. Finally, Fisch has been named one of the 101 Super Hot Artists by Michael Corbin who publishes the blog Art Book Guy. Recently Ellen has published two books Abstract Photography Folio I: Whites and Abstract Photography Folio II: Blues.


Marcus Reinkensmeyer

 Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer is an aspiring Arizona based landscape photographer, especially drawn to less traveled parks and remote wilderness areas. His travels encompass remote mountain ranges, silent slot canyons, lush coastal regions, hidden waterfalls, meandering rivers and urban landscapes. His growing body of images explores the transient quality of light, the intricate patterns of nature and the joy of time spent in quiet exploration.

His work has been published in Backpacker, Country, Shutterbug, AAA Highroads, Nature Photographer, Arizona Republic, Arizona: The Grand Canyon State, Visit Phoenix: 2015 Official Travel Guide to Greater Phoenix, Images Arizona, Where Dinosaurs Roamed and Photographer’s Edge; Arizona Scenic, American Bible Society and Capture My Arizona calendars; featured at Exhibitions Without Walls and Awayn; and displayed at Sky Harbor International Airport, corporate and government office buildings.

Marcus’ photographs and writings can also be found in collaborations with two other Southwest photographers, Windswept Landscape and From Rock to Sand: Death Valley Landscapes, and Landscape Portfolio: Photography Rediscovered.

 In his other “real world” life, Marcus serves as a public sector administrator.  He holds a BFA in Psychology and Fine Arts from Michigan State University and an MPA from Northern Illinois University and is a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.  Marcus and his family reside in Phoenix, Arizona.


Eric Hatch

 Eric Hatch is a fine art and travel photographer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eric has been published in several publications including AAA Home & Away, Wooden Boat Magazine, and Photo of the Month-Better Photographs Magazine (British). Included in Eric’s accomplishments are awards such as Best In Show, Montgomery OH Annual Photo Competition, Dumbauld Award Best, Professional Photographers of America Midwest Regional Competition, and several PPA Awards of Merit.  Eric also is a periodic guest writer for Exhibitions Without Walls blog, and most recently contributed to  “When Does a Photo Become Fine Art”.   His one-person show, “Hard Times for These Times,” has just completed its stay at the Middletown Arts Center (Ohio). You can see more of his work by going to http://www.hatchphotoartistry.com.

Eric has served as Editor at Exhibitions Without Walls since mid-2017.




Additional Information

All artists retain copyright to all images submitted. Exhibitions Without Walls reserves the right, at no cost to them, to use for promotional purposes any image selected for inclusion in the final round of judging, for a period of nine (9) months. Promotional purposes include announcements via Internet or announcements to different social media platforms regarding Exhibitions Without Walls events or other activities. Thereafter, Exhibitions Without Walls must contact the artist that created the image for permission to continue to use the image for promotional purposes. No image will be used to support a specific prize offered by one of our additional prize sponsors.


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