The Five State Photography Competition & Exhibition is a regional fine art photography competition open to any photographer living in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado.
Entry is through 8"x10" photographs. This year 671 works were submitted, and after processing, they were delivered to this year's judge, Charlie Riedel, who selected 160 works for exhibition. $1,500 in cash prizes were awarded, works were matted and framed, and the exhibition opened as the anchor of our Winter Art Walk on December 2.
Included on this page is a gallery of those works receiving cash and Juror's Merit awards, the statement by our juror, and the complete album of this year's exhibited photographs. If you're interested in learning more about the project, the entry information can be found on this page.
The 40th Annual Five State Photography Exhibition opened on December 2 as the anchor of the Hays Arts Council Winter Art Walk and will run through February 9, 2024.
Charlie Riedel is a staff photographer with the Associated Press and, through national and international assignments, has received recognition and numerous awards for his editorial and creative photographs. Among those are images from the Olympics, Gulf Coast oil spill, hurricane Katrina, World Trade Center attacks, Kentucky Derby, and Super Bowl. His work has been named to several “Photos of the Year” compilations, including that of Time Magazine, and he was recently inducted into the Kansas Photojournalism Hall of Fame.
High Plains Aerial
$200 cash award - NATURE
Medicine Man’s Wares
$200 Cash Award - Nature
To the Lighthouse
Douglas Busby - Shawnee KS
Portrait of a Shipwreck
$200 Cash Award - NATURE
MONARCHS - Michelle Kelty