This is the 40th year for this regional photography competition, open to any photographer living in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado.
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Juror: Charlie Riedel, Associated Press Photographer
Categories: Nature, People & Open
Cash Awards: $1,500 ($500 each category)
Exhibition: December 2, 2023 - February 9, 2024
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 was through 8"x10" photographs. This year 549 works were submitted, and after processing, they were delivered to this year's judge, April Watson, who selected 150 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 Saturday, December 3.
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 39th Annual Five State Photography Exhibition opened on December 3 as the anchor of the Hays Arts Council Winter Art Walk and will run through February 10, 2023.
April Watson is the senior curator of photography for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. She holds degrees in Art History from the University of Kansas (Ph.D.) and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (MA). She has contributed writing and scholarship on photography and its history to catalogs and exhibitions for the Corcoran Gallery, Center for Creative Photography, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the Nelson-Atkins. She has curated exhibitions of the work of Terry Evans, Eugene Richards, Anthony Hernandez, Gordon Parks, Jim Dow and an upcoming project on Evelyn Hofer.
$200 Cash Award - Nature
To the Lighthouse
Douglas Busby - Shawnee KS
Portrait of a Shipwreck
$200 Cash Award - NATURE
MONARCHS - Michelle Kelty