This Land Photo Contest – Darkroom Gallery

This Land Photo Contest - Darkroom Gallery

Deadline: October 23, 2019
Entry fee: 5 images – $29-$35, additional images – $6 per image
Prizes: participation in the exhibition, publication in the catalogue

We are the children of our landscape.” – Lawrence Durrell

The land is always with us and we are a part of it, like it or not. From almost the very beginning human activity has had an influence on the natural landscape, sometimes subtle and sometimes blatantly destructive. The observation that the earth is now going through rapid changes is hard to refute. Though there’s still some controversy over how much human activity is contributing to environmental change it’s happening, and we as photographers are in the unique position of being able to document what was, what is, and what is to become. There’s both ugliness and extreme beauty in the landscape, and its changing colors and forms, giving us the opportunity to create both art and statement.

For This Land we’re looking for photos that express the connectivity of the individual, the photographer, to the world around. What do you see when you’re hiking in the mountains or taking a walk in a city park? How do you see it – through the scope of a wide angle lens or through details selectively framed? We’d like to see your expression of your connection to the land as well as your vision of your personal landscape. This will be deeply spiritual for some and more matter-of-fact for others; the important factor is presenting the world, your world, as you uniquely see it.

All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.

  • Juror’s Choice receives a 30×48″ vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition and a free exhibition catalog.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
  • People’s Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes.
  • Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Craig Blacklock

Craig Blacklock is an internationally recognized fine art landscape photographer specializing in the interface of land and water. While he has photographed over much of the country, most of Blacklock’s 18 books have focused on wild areas of Lake Superior. His newest book, ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, with the title essay by Vice President Walter F. Mondale, who as a senator, co-sponsored the Act. Blacklock’s photographs are widely exhibited, and included in many collections, including the Tweed Museum of Art and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. His many awards include a Minnesota Book Award, 3 IPPYs, two PubWest Book Design Awards, many Midwest Book Awards, a Pinnacle Book Award, and an International Color Award (2nd place book category), and he was the 2018 recipient of the George Morrison Award from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. As a workshop instructor and lecturer, Craig has influenced thousands of photographers across the country.

Entry Fees

  • Up to five images may be submitted for a non-refundable fee of $29 US for on-line submission and $35 for email submission.
  • Additional images may be submitted for an additional $6 US per image.


Photographers retain all rights to their work. Submissions accepted for exhibition: artists grant Darkroom Gallery the right to use their images to promote the exhibition and for display on Darkroom Gallery website and for inclusion in an exhibit catalog.


For submissions that are selected, photographers may offer their work for sale and establish their own price for framed and unframed prints.

  • For Darkroom Gallery framed work we retain 66% of the sale price.
  • For works framed by the artist Darkroom Gallery retains 34%.
  • For unframed prints Darkroom Gallery retains 25% of the print sale price.
  • Local sales tax of 6% is collected on all sales at the gallery.



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