Arts Coordinator
ArtSpace Herndon 

Entry Deadline:

31 January 2014, 5pm


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ArtSpace Herndon 
750 Center Street
Herndon, VA 20170

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Fine Art Photography Competition 2014

ArtSpace Herndon invites photographers from DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia to participate in the 2014 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:  January 31, 2014 at 5pm

Finalists for the Competition will make up the March 2014 Exhibition at ArtSpace Herndon in the main Nelson J. and Katherine Friant Post Gallery.  Finalists will be notified on  February 7, 2014  at 5 pm via email.

Solitude by Peter Toth. 2013 Fine Art Photography Competition Winner 

  2013 First  Place: Solitude by Peter Toth

2014 Awards:

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

Competition Calendar

12 December 2013

Opening of Entries

31 January 2014, 5pm

Entries close

7 February 2014, 5pm

Announcement of show finalists

Drop off in person:
2 March 2014, 1-5pm

3 March 2014, 10am-12n

All framed/mounted photographs must be delivered to ArtSpace Herndon


If shipping artwork:  please call the gallery to make arrangements

4 March 2014, 10am

Show opens

8 March 2014, 7 to 9pm

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

6 April 2014

Show closes

6 April 2014, 4-5pm

Artwork pickup

Juror:  D.B. Stovall

D. B. Stovall, a Washington, DC area native, bought his first camera at age 10 – a Rosko purchased for 88 cents at Murphy’s Five and Dime.  Quickly moving on to various Instamatics, an old Leica D, and finally Japanese 35mm SLRs, Stovall explored various aspects of black and white photography, becoming adept at all kinds of darkroom work by the time he entered high school.  Stovall was introduced to the view camera at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the very early 1970s and by 1974 moved on to large format (4"x5") color transparency in a realism-based vision, which he still practices today.

Since there were few good methods of getting high quality archival prints from transparencies during that time, Stovall did not pursue exhibition opportunities and eventually stopped making images entirely for a fairly long period.  He returned to the view camera and started producing new work in the mid 2000s and was able to make prints closely matching the produced transparencies using modern computer and printer technology.  Stovall started entering juried exhibitions at the beginning of 2008 and since then has been in more than 100 juried shows all over the US.  He has also had several solo exhibitions, the latest in November 2013 at the Hillyer Gallery in Washington, DC.

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 2012, 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.

Entering the competition is a two step process:

  1. Images:  All images must be submitted via electronic mail to, with subject “2014 FAP submission,” by NO LATER THAN 5pm on 31 January 2014. All image submissions must be formatted as follows:
    • JPEG format
    • No greater than 1200 pixels on the longest dimension
    • Maximum film size 1 MB
    • 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.
  1. 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”

Or mail the above listed information and payment  to: P.O. Box 916, Herndon, VA 20172-0916. Mailed entries must be received by January 31st (not a postmark date) , 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 March 2014 Exhibition at ArtSpace Herndon and will be notified on 7 February 2014 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 Herndon 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:  4 March – 6 April 2014.

An opening reception will take place on 8 March 2014 from 7 - 9pm.  All entrants and finalists are encouraged to attend as the show prizes will be awarded during the reception.

All finalist artists may be asked to attend a Wine and Words VIP Reception with the President of the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts and Friend of ArtSpace Herndon donors at the Curator, Patron, and Visionary levels. The Wine and Words VIP Reception is held on the day of the public reception before the public reception starts.

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

ArtSpace Herndon can refuse to exhibit artwork it deems unacceptable or that fails to resemble the images submitted.  All decisions of the juror are final.

Finalists must deliver (in person or by shipment) starting 2 March 2014, and no later than 3 March 2013, during regular gallery hours (10am-12noon on Monday).  Please contact ArtSpace Herndon by phone if you need to make alternate arrangements.

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.

Artwork must be matted and framed or mounted in a manner compatible with the gallery hanging system using wire.  Wire should be mounted about 1/3 of the way down from the top edge of the artwork.  No frame-mounted clips, saw-tooth hangers, or screw-eyes will be accepted.  No double-glass float frames will be accepted. ArtSpace Herndon must be advised of any unusual installation requirements.

The artist is responsible for delivery and pick up of artwork.  Artists intending work to be shipped back at the end of the show must make arrangements with ArtSpace Herndon in advance for return shipping at the artist’s expense.  Contact the Arts Coordinator at (703) 956-6590 or email: 

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

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 Visual Arts Programming Committee.  ArtSpace Herndon 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 staff is assisted by volunteers and supported by grants and donations.