Exposure Montgomery Photo Competition

2021 Photo Competition Award Winners

2021 Photo Competition Virtual Awards Ceremony

Arts Commission LogoEach Spring since 1987, the City of Montgomery Arts Commission has sponsored the Montgomery Photo Competition which recognizes excellence in photography by artists of all ages and experience levels.

Submit your best photos for a chance to win $100!

2021 Competition Information

Adult & Student Entries Accepted April 1 - 15

Drop photos off at:
Montgomery City Hall
10101 Montgomery Rd.
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

2021 Photo Competition Entry Form

Entry Fee:

A non-refundable entry fee of $5.00 (student) or $10.00 (adult) is required for EACH entry.
Cash, checks (payable to the City of Montgomery) and Visa/MC, American Express, or Discover are all accepted.

In-Person Photo Viewing

  • Saturday, April 24, 2021 - Terwilliger Lodge, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Virtual Awards Presentation

  • Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

Rules & Regulations

Entry Information:

  • Each entry must be an original photograph of the competitor’s own creation.
  • Entries must be in photographic medium: black and white, color. Experimental printing is acceptable.
  • Each entry must be securely mounted on a stiff backing suitable for hanging.
  • Dimensions of each entry including the matting must be at least 8” x 10” but not more than 16” x 20”.
  • The entry form must be clearly visible and affixed securely to the entry’s backing material.
  • Entries in frames and/or under glass will not be accepted.
  • Entries signed or otherwise identified on the photograph’s front will be eliminated from consideration.
  • No more than 3 entries per competitor will be accepted.
  • Any entry displaying subject matter deemed by the judging panel or the Arts Commission as unsuitable for public display to an audience of all ages shall be rejected for all purposes of the competition.
Lake Maligne Fred Haaser 2015 Adult

Lake Maligne - Fred Haaser

Mark Bender Cincy Cinco Mexican Folk Dancers

Cincy Cinco Mexican Folk Dancers - Mark Bender

Sam Smith - Student Winner -

Car Apparitions - Sam Smith - Student Winner

Our 2021 Judges

H. Michael Sanders is a photographer, poet, & media artist. He has exhibited & published internationally, receiving numerous national & international awards for his creative work. He is currently a professor & founding department chair of Electronic Media Communications at UC Blue Ash, where he has been on the faculty for over 35 years. He is also co-founder of the UC Blue Ash Art Gallery & serves as a curator of exhibitions, as well as an editor of gallery publications.

Liz Dufour has worked at the Cincinnati Enquirer since 1989. She authored the book "Cincinnati Moments: A Celebration of Photographs from the Cincinnati Enquirer." She has coordinated photo coverage for events such as the Kentucky Derby, the NCAA Final Four, the World Series and more. In 2015, she co-produced a groundbreaking series on child poverty in Cincinnati that was published in the Enquirer.

Emily Bauman has served as the curatorial assistant for photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) since 2015. She has curated photography special features including The Poetry of Place: William Clift, Linda Connor, and Michael Kenna and Personas: Color Portraits, 1979-1985, and she assisted in research and implementation for CAM's Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954-1974, 30 Americans, and Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors and Scenes from Western Culture. Bauman is also the coordinator for the CAM's Moving Images monthly film program.

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