Robin Carroll 
ArtSpace Herndon 

Entry Deadline:

24 March 2012, 5pm


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ArtSpace Herndon 
750 Center Street
Herndon, VA 20170

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ArtSpace Herndon logoFine Art Photography Competition 2012

ArtSpace Herndon invites photographers from DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia to participate in the 2012 ArtSpace Herndon Fine Art Photography Competition.

The competition is open to fine art photographers aged 18 or older working in any medium (digital or analog, color or monochrome), and using any printing technique - we care about well-done art more than the specific medium, technique or format. Fine Art Photography of any subject is welcome; there is no required theme for entries.

Entry Deadline:  24 March 2012, 5pm

Finalists for the Competition will make up the May 2012 Exhibition at ArtSpace Herndon in the main Nelson J. and Katherine Friant Post Gallery.  Finalists will be notified on 31 March 2012 via email.

FAPC First PlaceFAPC Second Place FAPC Third Place
         2011 First  Place:                 2011 Second Place:                                   2011 Third Place:       
    Brotherhood, Study 1     Dunmore, Pennsylvania June 2010                  Lifeboat Station
      by George Borden                       by D. B. Stovall                                           by Jeff Miller

2012 Awards:

                                                                      1st Place:  $300
                                                                      2nd Place: $200
                                                                      3rd Place:  $100

Competition Calendar

4 February 2012

Opening of Entries

24 March 2012, 5pm

Entries close

31 March 2012, 5pm

Announcement of show finalists

Drop off in person:

28 April 10am-5pm (Sat)

29 April 1pm-5pm (Sun)

30 April 10am-12noon (Mon)

All framed/mounted photographs must be delivered to ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170

If shipping artwork:  ArtSpace will accept deliver of shipped artwork beginning Tuesday, April 24th.  Please call the gallery to make arrangements.

1 May 2012, 10am

Show opens

12 May 2012, 7-9pm

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

30 May 2012, 2pm (Wed)

Show closes

Pick up in person:

30 May 2012, 2pm - 5pm

31 May 2012, 10am - 2pm

8 June 2012, 10am – 7pm (Fri)

9 June 2012, 10am – 5pm (Sat)

10 June 2012, 1pm – 5pm (Sun)

Pick up on weekdays just after the show ends and the second weekend in June.  ArtSpace will be closed for Herndon Festival, June 1-3, 2012.


Juror:  Mary Louise Ravese

Mary Louise Ravese is founder and owner of Bella Vista Photography in Waterford, VA. She specializes in fine art nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Mary Louise’s fine art photography is in private, university and corporate collections in over 30 states and is exhibited nationally through art shows, galleries and shops. Her images have been used in calendars, magazines, books and websites including various projects with National Geographic maps.  Mary Louise studied photography through the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz extension programs, the Washington School of Photography, and through study with such noted photographers as Barbara Brundege, Mark Citret, and Harold “Doc” Edgerton.  She is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association, the American Society of Picture Professionals, the Equine Photographer’s Network and the Loudoun Arts Council.

Entry Guidelines

A non-refundable fee of $25 allows entrants to submit up to five (5) images (see below for image format guidelines.)

Submitted photographs must have been taken on or after January 2010, and not have been exhibited at ArtSpace Herndon prior to the show dates. 

By submitting images, entrants assert that they are the creators of the submitted artwork and have publishing and exhibition rights and that the artwork does not infringe the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy or any other rights of any third parties or of any other person.

Entering the competition is a two step process:

1.  Images:  All images must be submitted via electronic mail to by NO LATER THAN 5pm on 24 March 2012. 

  • All image submissions must be formatted as follows:
  • JPEG format
  • No greater than 1200 pixels on the longest dimension
  • Maximum file size 1MB
  • Filename must be in the following format:  EntrantInitials-TitleOfArtwork.jpg
    • Title of Artwork must match the title given in the entry information
    • For example, an entrant with initials PRP and artwork entitled “Guernica” would use the following filename:  PRP-Guernica.jpg

2.  Registration:  The following information must be included to be considered a complete entry:

  • Name and Initials of Entrant (e.g. “Pablo Ruiz Picasso = PRP”)
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email Address
  • For Each Image:
    • Title of Artwork
    • Year
    • Medium of Photograph (required) – e.g. ink jet print, silver gelatin print, cyanotype, etc.
    • Dimensions of framed artwork
    • Price or “not for sale”
Registration information can be submitted online or by mail.
  • Online registration and payment: see Register Now button below.
  • Mail registration and payment: Mail the above listed information and payment to: P.O. Box 916, Herndon, VA 20172-0916. Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 19th, in order to allow time for them to be received by the entry deadline.


By entering the competition, the artist agrees to abide by all competition rules and to hold ArtSpace Herndon and the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts, and their employees and volunteers harmless. Failure to comply with these rules constitutes withdrawal from the competition.

Show Finalists (Exhibitors)

Finalists for the Competition will make up the May 2012 Exhibition at ArtSpace Herndon and will be notified on 31 March 2012 via email.  At this time, further information may be gathered regarding the finalist’s entries.  ArtSpace Herndon will ask for the entrant’s tax id number/social security number.  Note:  To keep this information secure, ArtSpace will ask for the entrant to complete an IRS W-9 form which will be turned over to their Treasurer and stored in a secure location.

The dates of the exhibition are:  1 May – 30 May 2012

An opening reception will take place on 12 May 2012 from 7 - 9pm.  All entrants and finalists are encouraged to attend as the show prizes will be awarded during the reception.

Exhibition Requirements

Submission of an entry signifies intent to exhibit if selected as a finalist.  Finalists who are unable to exhibit the artwork will be disqualified from the competition.

All decisions of the juror are final.

The artist is responsible for delivery and pick up of artwork. 

  • Finalists must deliver in person or by shipment no later than Monday, April 30th.
    • Artwork can be dropped off at ArtSpace the following dates and times:  28 April 10am-5pm (Sat), 29 April 1pm-5pm (Sun), or 30 April 10am-12noon (Mon). 
    • ArtSpace will accept deliver beginning Tuesday, April 24th.
  • All shipping is at the artist’s expense and must be arranged in advance.  Please to contact Robin Carroll at (703)956-6590 or email: to make arrangements. 
  • At the end of the exhibit, the artist agrees to pick up any unsold artwork in a timely manner.  All artwork left over 30 days will be considered a donation to ArtSpace.

Artwork must be matted and framed or mounted in a manner compatible with the gallery hanging system using wire and screw-eyes.  Wire should be mounted about 1/3 of the way down from the top edge of the artwork and be taunt from side to side.  No frame-mounted clips will be accepted.  ArtSpace must be advised of any unusual installation requirements.

The minimum image size for exhibition is 8” x 10”, with matting the frame size will be larger.  The largest framed size for exhibition is 40” x 40”.

All artwork exhibited will be available for sale at a price of the Artist’s choosing or marked as “Not for Sale.”

When delivered, artwork must be labeled on the back of the piece with the artist’s name, title, medium, and price. 

ArtSpace Herndon retains the right to disallow any artwork for which the entry image substantially misrepresents the actual artwork.

Artwork will be displayed until the end of the show.  Buyers will be asked to delay pickup of the artwork until the end of the show.

While ArtSpace will make every effort to secure all artwork in the show, the artwork is exhibited at the artist’s risk.

 ArtSpace Herndon will retain a commission of 25% for any artwork sold during the show.

The artist grants ArtSpace Herndon permission to use images for publicity purposes, including postcards and advertisements.


About ArtSpace Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon is a community art center created by the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts that includes a 1,700 sq. ft art gallery and two classrooms for classes and small group sessions with artists. Exhibits in the Post Gallery change monthly and include regionally, nationally, and internationally known artists in a variety of mediums.  The exhibiting artists are chosen from submissions or invited by the Art Programming Committee.  ArtSpace works with local artists to offer fine art classes to the public.  The space is also available for rent by businesses and individuals for meetings and private parties.  ArtSpace is staffed by volunteers and supported by grants and donations.  ArtSpace is operated by the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts, as 501(c)3 organization.