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We are pleased to announce the Louisville Art Association is again accepting entries. - 27th National Juried Photography Show and Sale

The Louisville Art Association and Mike’s Camera are pleased to announce the Call for Entry for the 27th National Photography Show.  The show  currently offers $6,500 in cash and prizes and is growing. The competition features 8 unique categories with a maximum of 100 photographs accepted.

We are planning an opening reception and awards ceremony, Covid-19 restrictions permitting.  The show also provides accepted artists the opportunity to display and sell bin work during the 10-day show (May 28 - June 6) held at the Louisville Center for the Arts.  The expected attendance is over 500 art enthusiasts and buyers.

The (8) show categories include; Digital Manipulation, Alternative Process/Manipulation, People, Animal and Wildlife, Nature Created, Human Made, Still Life and Abstracts. The new category this year is Macro and Close-up. Prizes for the show are: First Place(each category), Best of Show, multiple Honorable Mentions and the People’s Choice award.

To Enter:

Deadline: March 29, 2021

Show Prospectus & Important Dates:

Judging the 2021 show is Glenn Randall ( who has been a full-time photographer, writer, and instructor for 42 years. Over 2,000 of his photographs have been published, including 86 covers.

Please join us for what is sure to be our best Photography Show yet!

Deadline for entry is March 29, 2021.

KICKOFF Saturday, March 20, 9 am - 12 pm at Walden Ponds, Boulder

Qualified Images must be shot at Walden Ponds at any time during the week March 20 - 29.

All photographers, using any equipment, are welcome to register for this first-ever event, brought to you with support from Mike's Camera. Similar to a plein air paintout, you are welcome to spend as much or as little time as you like shooting in this beautiful, wetlands wildlife habitat. The area features 2.9miles of lightly trafficked trails which meander around many small ponds. Just pick your spot(s) and shoot whatever catches your fancy. March is the best time to catch migrating ducks.

 After your time at Walden Ponds, you can return to your studio and pick your best three images for submission into the Shootout Contest. Please submit by 5pm on Monday, March 29. There will be separate categories for "straight shots" and "digitally manipulated." All submitted images will be displayed on a special online gallery page and the best three will be acknowledged and awarded prizes from Mike's Camera. The three winning images will also be printed and exhibited at the Boulder store. 

 If you want to shoot on Saturday Kickoff Day (March 20), check in with us at the covered shelter area at Cottonwood Marsh Trailhead between 9 am and noon. Take Walden Ponds Rd off North 75th St. to the very end (pass the Wally Toevs Trailhead.) We will have coffee, hot chocolate and snacks available. There are25 parking spaces there and a restroom. If that lot is full, you can also park at Wally Toevs and walk in on the trail. Click on the map to the right to get the lay of the land.

​If you cannot make it on Saturday, no problem! Just head to Walden Ponds at anytime during the week of March 20 - 29. Just be sure to get us your submissions by 5pm on the 29th.

Submission Instructions: Deadline March 29, 5pm. Format one to three images as jpegs with a file size of about 1mb. Email to Be sure to include your name, phone number and whether images have been digitally enhanced or not. Save your high resolution files for print in case you are a winner. Submission instructions will also be emailed to you after registration.

 This event is open to all photographers of any age. Registration is required - REGISTER HERE

Registration Fee:   Open Studios Member-Artists $10  /  Non-members $15 /  Students - Free.

Walden Ponds Nature Preserve

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