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Camera USA™ 2017: National Photography Exhibition and Award
585 Park Street
Naples, FL 34102

Entry Deadline: 3/22/17
Days remaining to deadline: 61


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Entry Fee (Camera USA™ 2017: National Photography Exhibition and Award): $28.00

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·         A single award of $5,000

·         Open to photographers residing in the United States of America

·         Open to one photograph taken  in the USA after January 1, 2013

·         Exhibition Jurors: David Houston, Director of the Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus State University, Georgia; Gary Monroe, Senior Professor, Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida and Robin O’Dell, Curatorial Administrator and Manager of Photographic Collections, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida

·         Non-refundable Entry Fee of $28. Payable online with a credit card

·         A brick and mortar exhibition on view in the Naples Art Association at 585 Park Street, Naples, Florida from June 19 through August 4, 2017

A brick and mortar photography exhibition will be installed in the Naples Art Association’s Frederick O. Watson Gallery from June 19 through August 4, 2017. The Naples Art Association is located at 585 Park Street in Naples, Florida in the heart of the 5th Avenue South shopping, dining and entertainment district.

Exhibition and Award

A maximum of 50 photographs will be included in the Camera USA™ 2017 exhibition. One photographer will be nominated for the $5,000 National Photography Award. The award nominee will be notified by telephone or email on May 22, 2017. In order to qualify for the award the nominee must 1)  hand deliver his or her exhibit-ready photograph to the Naples Art Association by no later than 2 pm on May 20, 2017 or if shipped the photograph must be delivered to ARTMove LLC in Naples, Florida by no later than May 15, 2017 and 2) attend the June 16, 2017 preview reception for the Camera USA™ exhibition at the Naples Art Association, 585 Park Street in Naples, Florida and arrive by no later than 6 pm EDT. An award nominee residing in Florida will receive up to $300 in travel reimbursement and up to three nights hotel accommodations in Naples, Florida. An award nominee residing outside of the State of Florida will receive domestic round-trip economy class airfare for one and three nights hotel accommodations (June 15-17) in Naples, Florida. Ground transportation including airport shuttle or car rental is the sole responsibility of the award nominee. Past winners are Art David of Naples, Florida in 2016; Kathleen Brennan of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico in 2015; Brett Grandson of Duluth, Minnesota in 2014, Tony Hertz of Pismo Beach, California in 2013; Jon Malis of Washington D.C. in 2012 and David E. Wensel of Geneva, Illinois in 2011.   

About the Three Jurors

David Houston

David Houston is the Director of the Bo Bartlett Center, College of the Arts, Columbus State University, Georgia. He was previously the Director of Curatorial at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Chief Curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He has taught the history of art at the University of New Orleans, Clemson University, and the Brandenburg Technical University, Germany. His curatorial work includes over twenty-five photography exhibitions; including one person shows by Elliot Erwitt, Sally Mann, Robert Polidori, and Walker Evans. David Houston received both a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  

Gary Monroe

Gary Monroe is Senior Professor at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida where he has taught since 1987. He is a documentary photographer with a long-time interest in "outsider" and vernacular art. His work has been recognized with numerous exhibitions and awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation and he has been a popular lecturer for the Florida Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau. His photographs have been published in Cassadaga: The South's Oldest Spiritualist Community (UPF, 2000), which he coedited; Life in South Beach (1989); and Florida Dreams (1993). Monroe received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Robin O’Dell

Robin O’Dell is Curatorial Administrator and Manager of Photographic Collections for the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ms. O’Dell is responsible for the care, organization, and exhibition of one of the finest photography collections in the Southeast, numbering over 15,000 separate images. She has assisted with more than 50 exhibitions and curated five, including Changing Identities: The Len Prince Photographs of Jessie Mann, and Harold Edgerton: What the Eye Can’t See.  She is also responsible for choosing photographic installations for the newly added Marian Acheson Gallery of photography in the collections galleries.

Ms. O’Dell has a Master of Arts degree in photographic preservation and collections management in the joint program offered by Ryerson University in Toronto and the George Eastman Museum in Rochester. Past positions include assistant to the archivist at the Keith Haring Foundation, guest curator for the St. Petersburg Museum of History, and exhibition intern with the Roman Vishniac Archive at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Photographers residing in any of the fifty States in the United States of America are eligible to enter one photograph taken in the United States after January 1, 2013 and not previously exhibited in the Naples Art Association. Photographs must remain on display for the duration of the Camera USA™ 2017 exhibition.

Non-Refundable Entry Fee  

A $28 non-refundable entry fee covers the processing of one entry. There is a limit of one photograph per artist. The non-refundable entry fee is payable online by credit card when applying.  

Size Limitation: Maximum overall dimensions (including frame, if a frame is used) not to exceed 40 x 40 inches. When completing your application, enter the framed dimensions if your photograph is framed.

Presentation and Size Limitations for Glass

All photographs accepted for the Camera USA™ 2017 exhibition must be delivered in exhibition ready condition. Photographs must be ready to hang with a proper hanging wire with raw wire ends taped. Photographs mounted on metal or acrylic can be equipped with a French cleat for hanging. Sawtooth hangers are not permitted. For safety reasons, glass may be used only if the frame is 20 x 20 inches or smaller. Larger frames requiring a glazing must have Plexiglas or another type of shatterproof glazing.

Jury Process Result Notification

Notifications will be posted to CaFÉ accounts on April 17, 2017.

Artist’s Statement and/or Artist’s Bio

An artist’s statement and/or artist’s bio of not more than 2,000 characters is required with your entry. Statements and/or bios are included to provide insight and information for the jurors. If your entry is accepted for the exhibition, your artist’s statement and / or bio will be mounted in the exhibition along with your photograph.  

Please do not include your name in your statement and/or bio. The jury process is “blind” which means the jurors will not see your name when they view your entry. Please also refrain from including your website URL or any other personally identifying information in your statement and/or bio.

Photograph Delivery

Photographs accepted for Camera USA™ 2017 may be hand delivered or shipped to ARTMove LLC in Naples. An accepted photograph must remain on display for the entire duration of the exhibition and the earliest date it may be removed from the Naples Art Association is Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 12 noon. 

Hand Delivery: Deliver accepted artwork on Friday, May 19 from 10 am to 2 pm or on Saturday May 20 from 12 noon - 2 pm (delivery prior to May 19 is available by appointment and must be done during regular business hours). The Naples Art Association is located at 585 Park Street, Naples, FL 34102.

Shipping Your Accepted Photograph: Accepted photographs may be shipped to ARTMove LCC in Naples, Florida to arrive by no later than May 15, 2017. Exhibitors are responsible for the cost of transporting their artwork to and from Naples, Florida. Shipped artwork must include a FedEx or UPS prepaid return shipping label, or an Airbill or Groundbill with shipping account number. Return shipping to PO Boxes is not permitted. ARTMove LLC will receive and return all shipped artwork. The ARTMove LLC shipping address and contact information will be provided to all applicants with a photograph accepted for the exhibition. 

Use care when packing your photograph. Cushion it on all sides with at least 4 inches of packing material and pack in a sturdy shipping carton. Popcorn (loose foam) is not an acceptable packing material as it will allow your photograph to shift during transit. Airfloat Systems sells excellent cushioned-shipping “Strongbox” containers that are sturdy and reusable. Enter code NAA when ordering online to receive a 20% discount on all orders. See Airfloat. FedEx Office locations sell lightweight boxes specifically designed for shipping framed artwork.

Please note: The Naples Art Association and ARTmove LLC are not responsible for photographs damaged during shipment. The Naples Art Association reserves the right to disqualify damaged photographs from the exhibition.

Preview Reception and National Photography Award Presentation

On Friday, June 16, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm the Naples Art Association will host a Preview Reception for the Camera USA™ 2017 exhibition at 585 Park Street in Naples. The Camera USA™ 2017 National Photography Award nominee will be announced during the preview reception and must be present by no later than 6 pm EDT in order to win the award. The Preview Reception is free for exhibiting artists and Naples Art Association donors. Each exhibiting photographer may bring one guest to the reception free of charge. The public is welcome and invited to attend the preview reception for $10 per person.

Gallery Hours

The Camera USA™ 2017 exhibition will be on view from June 19 through August 4, 2017. It is a brick and mortar exhibition. The exhibition is not virtual and will not be available for viewing online. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.  


Photographs exhibited in Camera USA™ 2017 may be available for purchase or listed as NFS (not for sale). The Naples Art Association processes sales and will retain a 30% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition. Proceeds from artwork sales support the Naples Art Association’s exhibition programs. Artists’ proceed checks will be mailed. Artists should receive their checks within three weeks from the close of the exhibition. Once stated, the price of artwork may not be changed. Please take into consideration your costs for framing, shipping and the 30% sales commission before establishing a price for your photograph.

End of Exhibition Pick Up or Shipped Photograph Return

All unsold photographs will be available for pickup from 12 noon to 2 pm on Sunday, August 6, 2017 and from 10 am to 2 pm on Monday, August 7, 2017. Artwork should be picked up during scheduled pick up dates. Shipped artwork will be return shipped by ARTMove LLC during the week of August 14, 2017.

Advice for Photographers

Camera USA™ 2017 is a competition open to photographers of all skill levels and experience. It is a very competitive program and not every photographer who enters Camera USA™ 2017 will have his or her work accepted for the exhibition. Should your photograph be accepted for the exhibition, you should be prepared to print, frame or otherwise prepare your image for hand delivery or shipping.

Before choosing an image to enter, it is important to consider printing, framing and shipping. Make a test print at the size you are proposing for the exhibition and check your test print for resolution quality. Plan ahead for expenses by getting one or more estimates locally for framing or mounting your photograph. Check rates for shipping your photograph to and from zip code 34108 in Naples, Florida by calling FedEx at 1.800.GoFedEx (463-3339) or by going to the FedEx Ratefinder webpage. Shipping a large photograph to Naples, Florida or using express/expedited shipping methods to meet the deadline may be costly. If you are not in Florida and costs are a concern, enter a small photograph and plan to ship it well in advance. 

Regarding Sales: Visitors to the Naples Art Association and art collectors prefer to purchase signed photographs. If you do not wish to sign your photograph on the front, consider signing it on the back. Art collectors are also interested in photographs printed as part of a limited edition. Consider printing your photograph as an edition and number it in a visible location preferably near your signature. Edition numbers are written like fractions with the total number of the edition as the denominator and the individual photograph number as the numerator. For example, 1/10 indicates the photograph is the first in a series of ten. Photographs from small editions generally sell for higher prices than photographs from large or unlimited editions. An edition of no more than 20 photographs is recommended.    

Due care will be taken with all photographs. However, the Naples Art Association will not be held responsible for loss or damage to exhibited photographs. The Naples Art Association recommends Camera USA™ 2017 exhibition participants acquire insurance to cover loss or damage.

Camera USA™ 2017 Calendar

Entry Deadline, March 22

Jury Results Posted on Juried Art Services, April 17

Shipped Artwork Deadline (ship to ARTMove LLC), May 15

Artwork Receiving, May 19 from 10 am to 2 pm (or earlier by appointment)

Artwork Receiving, May 20 from 12 noon to 2 pm

Camera USA™ Award Nominee Notified, May 22

Illustrated Photography Lecture by Gary Monroe, June 15, 6 pm in the Watson Gallery

Preview Reception and Award Announcement, June 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Exhibition on view with Free Admission, June 19 - August 4

Artwork Pick Up, August 6 from 12 noon to 2 pm

Artwork Pick Up, August 7 from 10 am to 2 pm

Return Shipping by ARTMove LLC, Week of August 14