“Patterns” competition guide

Call for Submissions

 Photography and Digital Art

 Theme:  Patterns are everywhere in the worlds of nature, structures. the world in which we live such as our cities or urban areas, and on objects or human forms.  Patterns can define a surface, invite us to travel in space or time.  They may be simple or complex, subtle or obvious.

This competition invites you to make submissions that explore the world of patterns – finding new ones, altering perspectives, using patterns to make statements or to conceal the facts.  The essence to all patterns is repeating forms. They all have an order, real or apparent.

Your job is to find, explore, and make submission of patterns that beguile the mind or senses, that invite new ways of experiencing the world.


Juror Panel

A panel of jurors will evaluate and judge images that have been selected for the final round of review.  The Juror Panel will then select the top three placements.  Five Honorable Mentions will be selected by Exhibitions Without Walls.  The juror panel includes:

Ron Colbroth

Ron 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.

His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines over the years, including: Historic PreservationUS News and World ReportNational Geographic TravelerTravel and LeisurePacificaWingspan (Japan), Signature (Japan), Esquire (Japan), Ca Y Est (Japan) and Orgyn (Belgium) to name a few. He has worked for national corporations [The Washington Post, The National Geographic Society, Middleton Place Foundation, National Retail Federation, USPS, Marine Corps League, Colonial Williamsburg] and international corporations [Diner’s Club of Japan, Tokyo Gas, 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 throughbred horses and A Guide to Equine Joint Injection by Solvay Veterinary. He has self-published books on Greece, Southwest Scotland, Bicycles and RED.

  Ron is a member of the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and past vice president, program chairman and membership committee chairman of the local Washington, DC, chapter.  Ron’s photographs are in private collections around the world and have hung in Explorer Hall and on the office walls of Traveler magazine at the National Geographic Society.  His photographs also hang on a regular basis at the Art League of Alexandria, VA, the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD, and the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece. 


Nancy Springer

Nancy brings to this juror panel an expertise that provides a bridge between traditional photography and creative photography.  She characterizes her work as Creative Photography, the ability to take a regular image and create something new from it.

Nancy’s first venture in this Creative process resulted in receiving a “Best Of Show” Gold Medal award in an International Competition.  Since then, she has received numerous awards, both Nationally and Internationally, including Best In Show/ Gold Medal – Photographic Society of America; an exhibition with Popular Photography Magazine; and several awards with DPI-SIG Camera Club and Naples Camera Club.  In the last few years, Nancy has also been the Competition Chairman and Vice President for the Naples Camera Club, and Board of Directors member as the FCCC Southwest Florida Area Rep. and the Rep. for the Photographic Society of America (PSA.)


Carolyn Edlund

Carolyn Edlund has an extensive background as an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and art business consultant. Her background includes owning a production ceramic studio for twenty years and selling product into over 1,000 retail accounts during that time. Subsequently, she was an outside sales rep for the largest art publisher in the world, earning “Rep of the Year” honors. In 2009, she founded ArtsyShark, recognized as a “Top 10” art blog by Art Business News, and is also the Executive Director of the Arts Business Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to professional development.


Wayne Moran

As a Minnesota based photographer and artist, Wayne focuses his skills and energies on landscapes, cityscapes, architectural, nature, and portrait photography.

Wayne comments that his best work comes from images first painted in his mind. He mulls over a prospective image for weeks or months, seeing it from different angles and perspectives, then finally deciding what to capture, he takes action. The result is images that deeply touch a person’s emotions and powerful dreams.

His images are used commercially by companies and organizations ranging from Financial Services firms, mom and pop Ice Cream shops and The Basilica of St Mary. The images are used to communicate their shared vision and values. Book, magazine, and calendar publishers have featured his images in their publications and on their covers. His photographs grace and enhance the décor of many fine homes.



Jurors will use these four criteria when reviewing the final round:

Consistency with theme – Is there some consistency between what the theme’s description is asking for and how the images depict that theme?

Creativity – Is the subject matter used in a unique and different way?

Composition – Does the image display a clear understanding of composition and design?

Impact – This is the “wow!” factor. Does the artwork make you catch your breath, gasp, or laugh out loud – instantaneously? You can think about consistency, you can admire technique and creativity, but impact hits your emotion.


Submission deadline: September 17, 2017

Entry Fee: $35 for up to 5 images and $5 for each additional image up to a total of 10 images.


Cash Awards & Prizes

Best In Competition will receive

  • $250 cash award
  • ExposureX2 by Alien Skin software
  • one-hour art marketing consultation by phone to offer strategies for their creative, career and financial goals provided by Renée Phillips, known as The Artrepreneur Coach, who is also an author and Director/Curator of Manhattan Arts International.  She will also include feedback on the artist’s website portfolio, biography and artist’s statement
  • The Photographer’s Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion by Maria Piscopo, given by Artsy Shark, Carolyn Edlund
  • Web domain and standard web hosting plan for 1 year provided by InMotion Web Hosting

2nd Place will receive

  • One year, free membership to Art & Beyond Publications, Mila Ryk
  • Website package that includes domain and standard web hosting plan for one year provided by InMotion Web Hosting.

3rd Place will receive

  • Website package that includes domain and standard web hosting plan for one year.


Image Preparation Requirements for submission

Images MUST be labeled using the following format

Title of image_yourfullname_Patterns_2017.jpg

Resolution of 72 dpi or 96 dpi

Image size should not exceed 1000 pixels in either height or width

JPG or JPEG file formats are the only acceptable file formats


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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 prize sponsors.

questions not answered in this guideline can be sent to Ed Wedman, ewedman@exhibitionswithoutwalls.com

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