Patterns Observed or Created


new competition

Theme description

Everyone experiences patterns in life whether observed in nature, architecture, urban settings, crowds, flowers or when they are created.  This competition calls on traditional photographers, creative photographers (digital manipulation) and digital artists to submit images showing their interpretation of this theme.


Submission Deadline: August 23, 2015
Finalist Exhibition:  September 3 – November 15 (all images juried into final round of judging)

Fee: $30 for the first 5 images – $4 for each additional image up to a total of 10 images


canstockphoto4425292 (1)Best In Competition


Photo Bundle awarded by Alien Skin Software which includes Bokeh, Blow-Up, Exposure 5 and Snap Art 4; an online solo-exhibition; a press release will be sent out by EWW announcing and promoting the results of this competition to contacts that include: major media outlets, trade journals, social media, selected gallery owners and/or directors, corporate art representatives, interior designers and other buying markets.

2nd Place – Cash award of $100 US

3rd Place – Cash award of $50 US

7 Awards Of Excellence will also be awarded

Judging Criteria

Each image submitted will be judged with the following criteria in mind.

Consistency with theme – Is there a consistency between what the theme’s description is asking for and how the images depicts 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, laugh out loud – instantaneously. You can think about consistency, you can admire technique and creativity, but impact hits your emotions.

canstockphoto5046612Image Prep

72 dpi

.jpg file format

No more than 1000 pixels in either height or width



Image label format

Image number_FullName_Title_FOURELEMENTS2015.jpg
File name should not include . . . #, /, $, & ,’ in file label

For example: 01_ArthurJacob_Iris_Patterns.jpg

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Juror Panel

Mark_FitzgeraldMark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald is a photography teacher and author based in Portland, Oregon. He is an Adobe Certified Photoshop CS6 Expert and teaches at Newspace Center for Photography, the Portland Art Institute, and other area colleges. He is currently working on his latest book for Wiley Publishing, “The Zen of Post Production” which is now available online and on bookshelves. His achievements also include being on the PPA National Council, President of the Portland Metropolitan Photographers association, winner of Best of Show at the 2012 PPA Western Region Photographic Competition and he has participated in numerous gallery exhibitions as well as two solo exhibitions in San Antonio, with his series “Pleasure and Paint.”


RichardRownak-PortraitRichard Rownak

Richard has won numerous photography and fine art awards thorough out his career.  His work has been featured in Petersen’s Photographic, the Pacific Southwest Airline in-flight Magazine and the Pacific Palisades Post newspaper. His work has been included in the Culver City and Los Angeles Art Walks. He is a member of the Culver City Art Group and the Sarah Fulton Group. He has also been included in the “Urban Lights” exhibition curated by Los Angeles County Museum of Art located at the Charles White Gallery. Richard’s solo exhibitions include exhibition at the Los Angeles Photography Center, Bonaventure Hotel and the World Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles. Richard’s love of the artistic process has led him in several different directions of visual expression. He comments: “Life gives us only so much time, we should strive to make the most of it. Every ones enjoyment and interest are different, staying fresh and open to new knowledge and expression is how Richard wants to spend his time.”


1c6e87fEllen Fisch

Ellen has shown her fine art architectural photography, Novoimago, extensively in the United States. Exhibitions 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.


BeckyBecky Najafi

Becky Najafi brings to the juror panel the perspective of an interior designer. Several of her clients have utilized fine art photography and digital art in either their homes or corporate settings. Her successful interior design firm, De Atelier Design Group, is a published and award winning professional design studio, which has an international client base. She has been one of the designers featured in: Las Vegas Home Book, Las Vegas, Nevada; DREAMHOMES DESERTS published by PANACHE, Panache Partners, LLC, 2007; Visions of Design/An Inspired Collection of North America’s Finest Interior Designers published by PANACHE, Panache Partners, LLC., 2008 and a featured article titled Unveiling a True Design MASTERPIECE, Luxury, Las Vegas magazine, April, 2011. She is also a member of American Society of Interior Designers and recently became President of the Las Vegas Chapter.

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 Other Information

 Open to all photographers, digital artists, graphic designers, or illustrators worldwide, ages 18 and older.Images that are submitted will have been created by the artist and by them alone and will involve some type of photographic or digital process in their creation. You may not submit an image that has been submitted in a previous competition.  Deadline for submissions is August 23, 2015.  An “Accepted Submission” means a submission to Patterns – Observed or Created, where all information has been received, as well as notification of entry fee payment to Exhibitions Without Walls.No Refunds will be made.
Photographers retain all rights to image(s) submitted for competition. By submitting an entry, the entrants receiving a placement in the competition grants Exhibitions Without Walls and its designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide right to the use of the image(s) for promotion, only for a period of 18 months. After that, Exhibitions Without Walls will have to contact photographer for continued use of an image(s) submitted.


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