ABSTRACTIONS 2018 competition and exhibition

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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 award

2nd Place – $50 cash award

3rd Place – $25 cash award

5 Honorable Mentions


opens February 5, 2018

Submission deadline: March 15, 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 22, 2018

Exhibition opens March 25, 2018

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







Free For All

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1-Email-Exhibitions_Without_WallsWe wanted to start the year out with our popular Free For All exhibition.  The first Free For All exhibition of 2017 has a theme of “Something New.”  Here is how it works.

Submit one image of something new you have done in the last 6 months.  There is no entry fee with this submission

Attach a few words (no more than 75 words) about the image in terms of why it is one of your new favorites; new technique(s) that you used with this image; or a new subject matter than you have begun to explore in the last six months.

Submission deadline: April 1, 2017

Submissions should be sent to:  ewedman@exhibitionswithoutwalls.com


The image should be no more than 1000 pixels in either height or width and a dpi of 96.

Up to 35 images will be included in an online exhibition.  The exhibition will be promoted as a post and to social media including facebook and twitter.  Questions can be sent to ewedman@exhibitionswithoutwalls.com.

Participate in Cover & Content Competition

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You are Invited

to participate in the Cover and Content Competition
for Art & Beyond September/October Issue

 Deadline August 15, 2016


Four winners will be chosen: Front Cover, Inside Front Cover, Back Cover and Inside Back Cover.

Front Cover winner will be awarded Gallery Page presentation in addition to the magazine page with 5 images and biography in the Online Gallery.

Publisher Choice Award will be given to a number of artists with Two-Page and One-Page Article.

The Entry Fee is $30.00 for 2 images.  You submit may submit up to three additional images with an additional charge of $7.00 per additional image.  To apply, go to http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/cover-competition/


Participate with Art & Beyond in one of the biggest art fairs in USA!

Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2016

Apply Now!


Free For All 2 exhibition

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Free For All 2 exhibition is now open


Pamela Root Explosion In Red


Photographers and digital artists were asked to submit one of their new, favorite images.  Most images in the exhibition include a short paragraph about the work as well as a URL where people can go to see more of their work.  There was no entry fee for submitting an entry.  This exhibition just continues the philosophy of Exhibitions Without Walls promoting photography and digital art as an important medium in the fine art world.

view the exhibition.


Which Competition To Enter

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by Eric Hatch

eric selfie with camera bw cu smallThis is a big question. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of online art competitions. Whether to enter a particular competition or whether to compete at all, benefits from thinking strategically. Ask yourself some questions:

• Why do I want to compete?
• What are my goals in competing?
• How does this competition meet my goals?”

There are really only four reasons to enter: A. The hope of validating your work through recognition. B. The hope of publicity. C. The hope of financial rewards (including things like cameras or other goodies D. The hope of learning to be a better artist through feedback from the judges and through studying the work of those who DO win.

Most of us enter competitions for reasons A and B. We all crave validation – we want somebody knowledgeable to tell us that we put our souls out there for good reason. “Attaboy” is worth more than gold to many of us. At the same time, it’s really the least important reason for entering a competition. It’s also the reason many competitions have “honorable mention” and other such recognitions. The cynics say that broadens the pool of entries, earning more for the competition owner. Others say it‘s just good practice to encourage emerging artists. If what you’re after is validation, make sure there are plenty of additional recognitions besides an outright win. Of course “every entry a winner” is BS. Competitions aren’t about a group show; they’re about identifying works of merit – including yours.

B, the hope of publicity, depends on the ability of the organizers to put the word out about your good work. Good competitions will tell you what they do to publicize the winners. If they don’t do that, and you want publicity, you’ll have to create itself – or stay out of that competition. Read the fine print, or send an email to the organizers asking what they do to publicize winners. You can even ask to see samples of press releases they send out.

The value of publicity is huge – and gets bigger according to the prestige of the competition. If Aperture Magazine runs an online photo competition, they will draw from the ranks of thousands of amateurs. But they will also draw from some of the finest photographers in the world. Your odds of winning are low, but the value of winning very high. If you have a picture that has won repeatedly in lower-level competitions, you should consider if it’s ready for the big time. But don’t waste your time throwing random stuff into a prime competition.

C, the hope of financial rewards, draws lots of entries, but it’s like a lottery ticket – somebody wins the thing, but it almost certainly isn’t you. Big rewards draw big number of entries – if the entry fee is low enough. But usually competitions that pay out big bucks also charge big bucks to enter. You’d better be sure your work has a good chance of winning before you ante up. That means you have a track record and, for the entry you do make, have true faith that it is absolutely better than anything you’ve seen recently on the same subject. Your faith may be misplaced, but if you don’t have it, you shouldn’t be entering this level of competition.

D, gaining knowledge through feedback, is perhaps the best reason to enter a competition – but only if it’s part of the set-up that feedback is available, at least for award-of-merit winners and above. Very few competitions provide a way for judges to comment on the entries, but the ones that do will teach you and help you grow. Even a sentence or two on the order of “great composition, needs more of a center of interest” can be helpful – once you get past the pain of critique.

One more important tip for choosing which competition to enter – find out who the judges are. Then go look them up. See what kinds of art they like. If they’re all about acid colors and abstractions, don’t even think of submitting your favorite picture of a kitty done in pink pastels. Judges are expected to put aside their prejudices, and most work hard at it, but we all have a background that guides our judgments and our feelings. Going straight against the grain, if you can figure out what that is, makes a poor strategy.

Another thing about judges – many artists think they are all nuts. Especially if they don’t like YOUR work. That’s why it’s better to work with competitions that have a panel of judges rather than a single juror. Judging is finally a matter of taste. There may be standards every judge will expect you to meet (good composition, compelling story or subject, technical competence for instance), but in the end judges go by feeling first. If a picture grabs them and won’t let go, it will probably win. And what grabs one juror is unique to that juror. That’s why a panel is such a good idea. Panels can be nuts, too – I’ve seen a PPA panel talk a picture from an Award of Merit to Best in Show – but that’s uncommon. Mostly a consensus will find the essential quality in the image and reward it appropriately.

Finally, and very important, consider the “fit” of your work for the competition. That means looking at past competitions hosted by the same group. If work similar to your own has won repeatedly, it’s a good bet yours will be competitive (all other things being equal). If the competition is open to all 2-dimensional media, say, painting, photography, and digital art, that pits YOUR artistic vision – and the ability to carry it out – against widely differing styles and approaches. You can do things in painting that you can’t do with photography – and to a lesser extent, vice-versa. Painters and digital artists have fewer constraints than photographers, so if you’re a photographer, you might want to think twice about entering open competitions. If you’re ambitious and skilled enough, then have at it – but if you’re a beginner, stick to competitions in YOUR media only. This levels the playing field quite a lot and improves your chances of winning.

So, to sum up, think strategically, see how well a given competition fits your goals, whether the costs are worth what you can get out of it, and whether you have a realistic chance of success.

The next installment of this series will be “Improving Your Chances of Winning an Online Competition.”

Eric Hatch    www.hatchphotoartistry.com

Prize Sponsor Art & Beyond Publications

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banner_ad_A_B_Publ_big-300x247From time to time we like to provide more information about our prize sponsors.  Art & Beyond Publications has been a longtime supporter with their prize of a free one-year membership that includes being a part of their bi-monthly magazine.  We think that this is a great tool for photographers and digital artists to add to their overall marketing and promotion strategy.

The Art & Beyond Magazine is a bridge between artists and the art world. Mila Ryk, Publisher, comments “It is an important marketing and promotional tool for all artists to have when exhibiting their work, whether at art shows, art expos, or small exhibitions. In my opinion, the most important thing to remember is that potential buyers most often prefer to purchase art from “published artists”.

Both in print and online, the Art and Beyond Magazine exposes and promotes artists to art galleries, art museums and publishers.  Being a part of Art & Beyond Publications guarantees that art galleries, art museums and publishers will be exposed to the photographer’s or digital artist’s work six times a year.

In addition to the magazine, Art and Beyond Publications offers magazine cover competitions, membership in an online gallery; Books – Living Artists of Today: Contemporary Art; and opportunities to join others in exhibiting at major exhibition events in the United States. For more information about joining upcoming exhibition opportunities, contact Mila Ryk.



Tips on Entering Online Art (Photography) Competitions

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Tips on Entering Online Art (Photography) Competitions

by Eric Hatch

Entering an online art competition can take a couple of minutes and cost a few dollars.  Or it may take up to a day of work and cost up to a hundred dollars, or even more.  Is it worth it?  It depends on several variables:

  1. Your goals
  2. Your level of experience and reputation
  3. Your budget
  4. Your ability to see your own work objectively
  5. The ability of the competition to meet your goals and budget (this is mostly handled in the second of this series of articles)

TherDSC_3357Eric author pic explorations bw smalle are thousands of online art competitions.  In this group are included photographic competitions, digital art competitions, and traditional media like oil, watercolor, or ink on any substrate, from paper to canvas. (These last are entered via photographs of the actual work).  Competitions are easy to find:  art magazines, blogs, and any number of “call to artists” subscription services identify them for you.

The first two considerations you should make regard your own level of expertise and your goals.  If you are an ambitious newcomer or “emerging artist,” online competitions can get your work “out there,” and perhaps win you some recognition.  Online art competitions don’t (with a few exceptions) care who you are, and most are blind – that is, the judges don’t know who the entrant is, to avoid conflicts of interest.  One group, “people’s choice” competitions, is the exception – there, the idea is to get everybody you can to “vote” for your entry, but few reputable competitions work that way.

On the other hand, when you are competing against large numbers of other skilled artists, you will have to be very good indeed – or very lucky – to win one of the prizes.  If you don’t win, or at least gain an award of merit, you’re out your time and your fees with nothing to show for them.  But if you can afford to enter often, there is a learning curve – you will become better in assessing which of your pieces do better than others in competitions, especially if you “campaign” a particular image in several successive competitions.  Doing this takes steady nerve and deep pockets, but can teach you quite a lot along the way. But it can be very discouraging to enter and enter and enter without a win.

If you are an experienced artist, with a good record of getting into juried shows or group exhibitions, it makes much more sense to enter online art competitions.  That’s because you know you already have what it takes to win.  But even so, the odds are against you in almost any online competition, simply because of the numbers of entries.  So you do have to be clear about what you can gain and whether it’s worth risking your time and money to go this path.

There are only five goals for artists entering online competitions, or really any competition, for that matter.  The first four are are exposure, validation, building a resume, and cash (or merchandise) rewards.  The fifth is getting useful critique, thereby enabling you to learn even if you don’t win.  Part Two of this series goes into using these goals to choose which competition to enter.  For now it is only important to be sure you DO have goals and are clear on them.  Otherwise, online art competitions are not for you.

Budget is the next consideration.  Really high-end competitions may charge $125 per image entered, or even more.  But most charge between $35 and $65 for three to five images.  $15 per image is a common fee – and that can add up fast! Virtually all these competitions allow you to make additional entries for extra charges – the volume discount can be considerable (though usually it’s not that great).

One problem with spending the money on extra entries is that you may be competing against yourself!  In smaller competitions, this can be a real problem. If there are only 300 entries, but only 65 are competitive, and you submit 8 of them, you may be knocking out one or more of your own.  Even worse, the judges may recognize your style and decide to knock some out on the grounds of “fairness to other competitors.”  That’s uncommon, but it is a reason not to flood a competition with your work.

The ability to judge your own work is for many the hardest part of entering a competition.  Some of us fall in love with a piece – yet that piece really won’t stand up against stiff competition for any of a wide variety of reasons.  It may be too sentimental, not sentimental enough, be weak in one way or another while very strong in others (for example, an other wise brilliant landscape may have wonderful composition and color but have some hot spots you just can’t get rid of without major alteration – which will itself most likely be visible).  Such prints may be terrific, but – are they truly competitive?  Honestly, they’re not, but assessing that for yourself may be next to impossible.

To enter and succeed, you must become ruthless in selecting only the true gems of your portfolio – and hope that the judges see them the same way you do!  Egos get flattened easily in this game, so if your skin is thin, and you haven’t got the requisite objectivity towards your own work, you’re probably best off staying away.

You can get help from others, of course – but DO NOT ASK YOUR FRIENDS for help. They want to please you, and stay friends with you, and probably don’t have the skills anyhow.  Having someone whose eye is good, whose own record as an artist or art critic is solid – that’s worth its weight in gold, but still doesn’t replace the need for objectivity and discipline in selecting work for online competitions.

Finally, we all seek validation for the work we put our souls into.  But competing just so you can get patted on the head is a lousy reason to enter any competition.    Set your goals, pick your targets, and select a competition that will meet them … and then go ahead and enter.


End of Part One

Part two to be shared next week


STRUCTURES Finalist Exhibition

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Exhibitions Without Walls invited photographers and digital artists to submit images for its first competition of the New Year, STRUCTURES.   Structures are everywhere. They are in buildings, bridges, rock crystals, nature, intriguing digital art designs, etc. The only limitation was their ability to see them and express them visually.

Over 350 images were submitted to this competition.  Entrants represented 12 countries outside of the  United States and 27 states.  Thank you to all the photographers and digital artists that made a submission to this competition.  Below are the results of the jurors review and selections.


Kathy Dee_Behind the Blue Door now by Kathy Dee (1 of 1)

Best In Competition – Behind The Blue Door by Kathy Dee


Janice Gewirtzgreenand orange ghat 2 copy

1st Runner-Up Green and Orange Ghat by Janice Gewirtz


D.Kiriacon_All the world's a stage IX_2

2nd Runner-Up All The World’s A Stage by Dolores Kiriacon


Meluso_Charlann_Wings of a Dove

3rd Runner-Up  Wings of a Dove by Charlann Meluso

More of STRUCTURES Finalist Exhibition

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