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Finding Joy

Deadline for submissions: Aug 10, 2020
Now closed to submissions
Prints due: Sep 17, 2020
Exhibition: October 1 - October 23, 2020

Prints of most of these images are available for purchase. Please inquire.
All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

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Margaret Albaugh
Post-Painting Baths
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Carrie Barcomb
Carefree Summer Days
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Constance Brinkley
The Embrace Of Friendship
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Ron Cooper
Across the Dunes
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Ron Cooper
Single Flower
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Paul Cotter
Cooling Off
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Lisa Cutler
Chasing the Fish
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D. Dangott
Playing With The Wind
DAW63045 69608 juror2
Michelle Dawkins
Big Splash
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Stephanie DiPerna
Blown away
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Catherine Fairchild
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Kathleen Gerber
Playing in the Water
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Nadide Goksun
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Danielle L Goldstein
Coney Island
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Ellen Goodman
Bringing Home the Tree
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Maureen Holland
The Sled Train
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Mahmudul Hoque Moni
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Jennifer G. Hughes
The Garden
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Paul Kessel
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Joan Lederer
Finding Joy 2
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Kristan Parks
Road Trip
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Don Parenta
The Graduation Leap of Joy
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Abby Raeder
Unbridled Joy
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Cindy Shebley
Bubble Cannon
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Lee Smith
Beach Runner
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Lisa Tichané
Superman in Training
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Lisa Tichané
The Sprinkler Dance
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Morgan Tyree
Tethered Flight
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Reena Walking
Dancing Flamingos
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Kiliii Yuyan
Pandemic Beach Dance
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Margaret Albaugh
Hammocks as Boats
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Meg Boscov
Nigella on the Half Shell
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Ronald Butler
Untermyer Fountain (Three Dancing Maidens)
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Ron Cooper
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Lisa Cutler
A Dream
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D. Dangott
Seashore Snowman In July
DOW70508 35386 juror
Robin Downs
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Ellen Goodman
The Joy of Summer
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Molly Han
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Lori Hillsberg
Pre-Covid Celebration
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Susan Holtz
All dressed up
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Jennifer G. Hughes
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Charles Jimenez
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Elizabeth Kayl
One Blue Umbrella
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Danielle MacInnes
Willa's Joy
COT34239 47665 juror
Paul Cotter
A Taste of Summer
MAR08676 84391 juror
Cristin Martin
Little Girl With Bubbles
MES26184 59858 juror
Allan Mestel
A Son's Love
MUD49043 56464 juror
Abhi Muduganti
Fawn Playing in a Stream
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Lawrence Perlman
Chasing the Bird
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Laura Reid
Learning to Fly
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Seth Robbins
Cool Down
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Miranda Schmitz
Shanaya 2
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Larry Smukler

Juror's Statement

Artists, thank you for sharing your delightful work with me during this strange and uncertain time. I applaud PhotoPlace Gallery for hosting such a timely call, as seeing and appreciating truly joyful imagery can help heal our hearts and strengthen our collective spirit. It was personally uplifting to review hundreds and hundreds of photographs that were created with the intent to elicit a smile and bring some form of happiness to the viewer.

I was particularly struck by images that appeared authentically joyful, rather than staged for the camera—summoning giddy memories from childhood or recalling the loving embrace of someone special or experiencing that exhilarating sense of boundless freedom or merely enjoying one of life’s many simple pleasures. For me, these photographic moments captured a tangible and almost contagious feeling of bliss, not just happy subjects. At the same time, I was surprisingly moved by the numerous quiet and unexpected, yet playful, interpretations on the theme of joy. Ultimately, I hope this exhibition serves as a visual reminder to all that we must always try to seek out and hold onto the “happy” in life.

Call for Entries

In these dark days, finding those things that bring us joy is particularly difficult, and never more important. Finding and sharing expressions of joy brings comfort to us all.

So please, make new photographs, or dig through your archives and share those moments of joy with a world that could surely use seeing them as well.

All capture and post processes welcome.

We are very pleased that Amy Holmes George will jury this exhibition. Amy will select 40 images for exhibition in our Middlebury, Vermont gallery and another 50 for our Online Gallery. All 90 images will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog. 

Information about our printing service and free matting and framing here.

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Jim Leisy Pose Gesture B.
Jim Leisy
Shannon Johnson Animalia A
Shannon Johnson
Evie with hose
Georg Krausch

About the Juror

Amy Holmes George is a fine art photographer and a past Executive Director of Texas Photographic Society (2013-2018). As a former tenured professor of photography and digital media at Stephen F. Austin State University, Amy has also held teaching appointments at Collin College, Baylor University and University of North Texas. Amy is a recent member of the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education (2013-2017) and a 2008 Fulbright grant recipient. She earned an MFA in photography from Clemson University and a BFA cum laude in photography and graphic design from Miami University.

Exhibited widely throughout the U.S. as well as in Italy, England, France and China, Amy's work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions and is housed in several permanent collections, including The Getty, The Kinsey Institute and the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Florence, Italy. Her work has been published in a variety of texts, including the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes [Christopher James, 2015]; Gum Printing and other Amazing Contact Printing Processes [Christina Z. Anderson, 2013]; and the fifth edition of Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels [Robert Hirsch, 2010].  

Visit her website here.

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