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Camera USA: National Photography Award
August 11, 2014 to September 26, 2014
The von Liebig Art Center's Frederick O. Watson Gallery
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Application Dates:
Dec 23, 2013 - May 12, 2014
Application Fee:
$32.00 ($27.00 for Naples Art Association members)
Notification Date:
Jun 9, 2014

Camera USA National Photography Award and Exhibition 2014

Exhibition on view: August 11 - September 26, 2014

All photographers residing in the United States are invited to submit one photograph taken in the United States after January 1, 2012 for Camera USA: National Photography Award and Exhibition 2014.

The photography exhibition will be installed in The von Liebig Art Center’s Frederick O. Watson Gallery from August 11 through September 26, 2014. The von Liebig Art Center is located in Naples, Florida in the heart of the 5th Avenue South shopping, dining and arts district.

Exhibition and Award
A maximum of 50 photographs will be included in the Camera USA Exhibition. The $5,000 National Photography Award will be presented to one photographer. The award winner will receive two-nights hotel accommodations in Naples, Florida to attend a preview reception and award presentation on Friday, August 8, 2014. Round-trip economy class airfare will be provided to a winning photographer who lives outside the State of Florida. A winning photographer residing in Florida will receive a $300 travel stipend.

About the Three Jurors

Dan Biferie

Dan Biferie is Chair of the School of Photography at Daytona State College and a Senior Professor at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, Florida. Biferie was the Founding Director of the Daytona Beach Community College Gallery of Fine Arts and organized more than 500 exhibitions, lectures, workshops and seminars during his twelve-year tenure. The gallery received national attention and was awarded state and federal grants. Biferie was instrumental in the creation of the Southeast Museum of Photography.

Biferie earned both a Master of Fine Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University. He is an active artist and has displayed his photographs in more than 150 different exhibitions nationally, including 20 one-person shows. His works have been widely published and are represented in major public collections including the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The New Orleans Museum of Art; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.


Clyde Butcher

Clyde Butcher is an award winning large-format view camera photographer well known for his black and white landscape photographs and, in particular, his photographs of the Florida Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve. Among the many awards he has received is the Hall of Fame Award, which is the highest honor the State of Florida can give to a private citizen. He has received the Distinguished Artist Award from the Florida House Embassy in Washington, DC; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association and the Ansel Adams Conservation Award from the Sierra Club.

Butcher is a graduate in architecture from the University of California Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo. His interests in spatial relationships, and presentation of architectural designs led him into the field of photography. He had been photographing architectural models for several years when he visited Ansel Adams' gallery in Yosemite. The beauty of Ansel Adams was a major influence in his early photographic experiences. It is from these early formal interests that he became attracted to Western landscapes.

After moving to Florida in the 1980s, Butcher stopped at a roadside attraction, which included a swamp boardwalk for visitors to enjoy. Walking over it gave Butcher his first true wetlands encounter. From the experience he discovered Florida’s natural beauty is found through personal and up-close encounters with nature. He came away from the boardwalk with a new appreciation for wetlands and the understanding that the beauty and grandeur of Florida is revealed when one is immersed in the landscape. His realization came in startling contrast to his experience in the American West where the beauty of nature is most seen from a great distance and with the wide vistas provided by monumental mountain ranges, meandering valleys and expansive deserts.

Butcher’s photographs have changed perceptions and fostered appreciation for Florida’s natural treasures. In addition to his photography, Butcher also shares his appreciation for the wetlands by organizing swamp walks that he fondly refers to as “muck-abouts.” His swamp walks have given thousands of people the opportunity to experience Florida wetlands “Clyde Butcher Style.”

Frederick S. Voss

Frederick Voss is a Museum Consultant and retired Smithsonian Senior Historian and Curator. His work at the Smithsonian included conceiving and organizing exhibitions around historical themes and authoring catalogues and books in connection with the exhibitions. Voss served on the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery staff from 1971 until his retirement in 2004.

For nineteen years, Voss was Curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s vast TIME Collection. The collection began with a gift of some eight-hundred works of original portraiture that appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine. Voss held the Curator position while continuing to serve as Senior Historian. He authored two books on the TIME Collection, Faces of TIME: 75 Years of TIME Magazine Cover Portraits (New York: Little Brown and Company, 1998) and Man of the Year: A TIME Honored Tradition (London: Booth-Clibborn Editions, c1987). By the time Voss retired from the Smithsonian, the TIME Collection had grown to some two-thousand objects.

Other publications Voss authored for the Smithsonian include Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999), Portraits of the Presidents (New York, Rizzoli International Publications, 2000), and Women of Our Time (London: Merrell Publishers Ltd, 2002). Voss earned a Master of Arts Degree in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The Naples Art Association (NAA) at The von Liebig Art Center
The von Liebig Art Center is the home of the 60-year old Naples Art Association. The NAA presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours during the Camera USA Exhibition are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.

NAA Membership
Although membership is not required for participation in Camera USA, photographers are invited to join the Naples Art Association. NAA members participate in special members’ only exhibitions held throughout the year including The 7th Annual Non-Juried All Artist Members Show of Shows Exhibition, October 13 - November 7, 2014; four exhibitions held in the Members’ Gallery each year between November and May and Art in the Park, an outdoor festival held the first Saturday of each month from November through April. Membership offers many other exciting benefits, including free admission to exhibition receptions, library privileges, web linking from the NAA website to member artists’ sites and discounts on classes, workshops, lectures, art supplies and gift shop purchases. For more information on becoming a member, visit www.naplesart.org or call (239) 262-6517.

Tony Hertz, Camera USA: National Photography Award Winner 2013

Photographers residing in any of the fifty States in the United States of America are cordially invited to enter one photograph taken in the United States after January 1, 2012 and not previously exhibited at The von Liebig Art Center. Membership in the Naples Art Association is not required. Accepted photographs must remain on display for the entire duration of the exhibition and will not be available for pick up until 12 noon on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Entry Fees
Applications will be accepted online until May 12, 2014. The non-refundable application fee is $32 (for current NAA members the entry fee is $27) and is payable online by credit card.

Presentation and Size Limitations
All photographs accepted for the Camera USA Exhibition must be delivered in exhibition ready condition. Photographs must be framed or gallery wrapped with no staples on the sides and a proper hanging wire with raw wire ends taped. For safety reasons, glass may be used only if the frame is 20 x 20 inches or smaller. Larger frames requiring a glazing must have Plexiglas.

Dimensions : Maximum framed dimensions not to exceed 40 x 40 inches. When completing your Juried Art Services application, you will be asked to enter the framed dimensions of the photograph you wish to exhibit.


Notifications will be posted to your Juried Art Services account on June 19, 2014. To view your results, log into your Juried Art Services account and go to “applications.” Mouse over the Camera USA application bar and click on it when your cursor becomes a hand symbol. Your notification letter will then open. The Camera USA award winner will be notified by telephone or e-mail on August 1, 2014.

John Malis, Camera USA: National Photography Award Winner 2012
(his photograph is on the right)

Photograph Delivery
Photographs accepted through the jury process may be hand delivered or shipped to Naples. Photographs must remain on display for the entire duration of the Camera USA Exhibition and cannot be removed from The von Liebig Art Center until 12 noon on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Hand Delivery: Deliver accepted artwork on Sunday, July 27 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. or on Thursday, July 31 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The von Liebig Art Center is located at 585 Park Street in Naples, Florida.

Shipping Your Accepted Photograph: Accepted photographs may be shipped to Naples, Florida to arrive by no later than Thursday, July 24, 2014. Exhibitors are responsible for the cost of transporting their photographs to and from Naples, Florida. Shipped photographs must include a FedEx or UPS prepaid return shipping label or Airbill. Shipping to PO Boxes is not permitted. Place the prepaid shipping label or Airbill in an envelope and attach it to the outside of your shipping container. ARTMove LLC will receive and return all shipped photographs. The ARTMove LLC shipping address and contact information will be provided in the Juried Art Services notification letter posted to the JAS accounts of all applicants whose photographs are accepted for the exhibition.

Use care when packing your photograph. Cushion frame on all sides with at least 4 inches of packing material and pack in a sturdy shipping carton. Popcorn (loose foam) is not an acceptable packing material as it will allow your photograph to shift during transit. Airfloat Systems sells excellent cushioned-shipping “Strongbox” containers that are sturdy and reusable. See www.airfloatsys.com. FedEx Office locations sell lightweight boxes specifically designed for shipping framed artwork. See http://www.fedex.com/us/office/services/packandship/supplies.html. The Naples Art Association and ARTmove LLC (shipping and receiving agent for Camera USA) are not responsible for photographs damaged during shipment. The NAA reserves the right to disqualify damaged photographs from the exhibition.

Artist’s Statement
An artist statement of up to 1,000 characters is required with your entry. Please do not include your name in your statement. The jury process is “blind” which means the jurors will not see your name when they view your entry. Please also refrain from including your website URL or any other personally identifying information in your artist’s statement.

An artist’s statement will be mounted near each photograph in the exhibition. Statements are included to provide insight and information for gallery visitors, docents and art collectors. The artist’s statement uploaded with your entry will be used for the exhibition. If your photograph is accepted for the exhibition and you wish to update your artist’s statement, you may do so via e-mail by Thursday, July 10, 2014. The e-mail address will be provided in acceptance letters posted to the juried art services accounts of all photographers whose entries are accepted for the exhibition.

Preview Reception and Award Presentation
On Friday, August 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. the NAA will host a preview reception for the exhibition. The reception is a benefit of NAA membership. Non-members are welcome at $10 per person. Each exhibiting photographer is eligible to bring one non-member guest to the reception free of charge. The Camera USA Award winner will be announced during the preview reception.

David Wensel, Camera USA: National Photography Award Winner 2011
(his photograph is on top)

Photographs exhibited in the Camera USA Exhibition may be available for purchase or listed as NFS (not for sale). Once stated, neither the price nor title of the photograph may be changed. The NAA processes sales and will retain a 30% commission on all photographs sold during the exhibition. Proceeds from sales support the NAA’s exhibition programs. Photographers’ proceeds will be mailed and are generally received within three weeks from the close of the exhibition.

Photograph Pick-up or Shipped Photograph Return
All unsold photographs will be available for pick-up from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 28 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, September 29, 2014. Photographs should be picked-up during scheduled pick-up dates. Photographs shipped for the exhibition with the required prepaid return shipping label or Airbill will be returned shipped by ARTMove LLC during the week of October 6, 2014.

2014 Calendar
Entry Deadline May 12

Jury Results Posted on Juried Art Services June 19

Deadline for updated/revised artist statements July 10

Shipped Artwork Deadline July 24

Artwork Receiving July 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Artwork Receiving July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Award Winner Notified August 1

Preview Reception August 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Exhibition is Open to the General Public August 11 at 10 a.m.

Exhibition Closes September 26 at 4 p.m.

Artwork Pick Up September 28 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Artwork Pick Up September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Return Shipping by ARTMove LLC Week of October 6

Note to Beginning Photographers

Camera USA is a competition open to photographers of all skill levels and experience. It is a very competitive program and not every photographer who enters Camera USA will have his or her work accepted for the exhibition. If your photograph is accepted, you should be prepared to print, frame and hand deliver or ship your photograph for the exhibition. Have you already printed and framed your photograph? If not, please consider making a test print and checking your image for quality at the size you are proposing for the exhibition. Next, get one or more estimates for framing your photograph so you are aware of the cost of framing before you set a selling price for your work. Finally, check shipping rates for sending your photograph to and from zip code 34108 in Naples, Florida by calling FedEx or going to their website at https://www.fedex.com/ratefinder/home?link=4&cc=US&language=en .

Art buyers are generally most interested in photographs that are signed by the photographer and printed as part of a limited edition. Consider printing your photograph as an edition and number each print near your signature. Edition numbers are written like fractions with the total number of the edition as the denominator and the number of the print as the numerator. Prints from smaller editions generally sell for a higher price than prints from large or unlimited editions. An edition of no more than 20 photographs is preferable to a larger edition.

Due care will be taken with all photographs. However, the Naples Art Association will not be held responsible for loss or damage to exhibited photographs. The Naples Art Association recommends Camera USA Exhibition participants acquire insurance to cover loss or damage.

Keep in Mind
• Online applications are submitted through Juried Art Services at www.juriedartservices.com

• The entry deadline is May 12, 2014

• The entry fee is $32 ($27 for current Naples Art Association members) and is paid online by credit card

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