“Patterns” competition guide and exhibition

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Theme: Patterns

Patterns are everywhere.  Submissions to this competition should reveal patterns 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.

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 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. 


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.)


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.


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.



Jurors will use four criteria: consistency with theme, creativity, composition, and impact.

Cash Awards & Prizes

Best In Competition 

2nd Place

  • Lumenzia software 
  • One year, free membership to Art & Beyond Publications, Mila Ryk
  • Promotion to social media and Press releases to art news organizations

3rd Place

  • Lumenzia software
  • Promotion to social media and Press releases to art news organizations

Special Award Recognition by Manhattan Arts International.  A 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.

All entries selected for the final round will be included in the PATTERNS online exhibition.


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


Entry Frees  

Submissions before December 1, $30 for up to 5 images with a $3 fee for each additional image up to a total of 10 images.

Submissions after December 1 will have an entry fee of $35 for up to 5 images and a $4 fee for each additional image up to 10 images.


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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 ewedman@exhibitionswithoutwalls.com



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