Camera USA™ 2016: National Photography Exhibition and Award
June 20, 2016 to August 6, 2016
The von Liebig Art Center's Frederick O. Watson Gallery
Application Dates
Dec 10 '15 to Mar 16 '16
Application Fee
Notification Date
Apr 8, 2016


Camera USA™ 2016

National Photography Award and Exhibition

Exhibition on view: June 20 - August 5, 2016


· A single award of $5,000

· Open to photographers residing in the United States of America

· Open to one photograph taken in the USA after January 1, 2012

· Exhibition Jurors: Zora Carrier, Executive Director, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts; Britt Salvesen, Department Head and Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography, and the Department Head and Curator of Prints and Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Eric Strachan, Freelance Photographer

· Membership in the Naples Art Association is not required

· Non-refundable Entry Fee of $32 ($27 for Naples Art Association Members). Payable online with a credit card

· A bricks and mortar exhibition on view in the von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida from June 20 through August 5, 2016

· It is recommended you print or copy and save these entry pages for future reference as they may not be available for viewing after the March 16, 2016 entry deadline


Camera USA™ 2016 Calendar

Entry Deadline March 16
Jury Results Posted on Juried Art Services April 13
Deadline for updated/revised artist statements May 4
Shipped Artwork Deadline May 9
Artwork Receiving May 15 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
(or earlier by appointment)
Artwork Receiving May 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Camera USA™ Award Nominee Notified May 18
Preview Reception and Award Announcement June 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Exhibition on view with Free Admission June 20 - August 5
Artwork Pick Up August 7 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Artwork Pick Up August 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Return Shipping by ARTMove LLC Week of August 15


The Frederick O. Watson Gallery in the von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Florida.

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™ 2016: National Photography Exhibition and Award.

The photography exhibition will be installed in the Naples Art Association’s Frederick O. Watson Gallery at The von Liebig Art Center from June 20 through August 5, 2016. The Naples Art Association is located in Naples, Florida in the heart of the 5th Avenue South shopping, dining and entertainment district.

Exhibition and Award
A maximum of 50 photographs will be included in the Camera USA™ 2016 exhibition. One photographer will be nominated for the $5,000 National Photography Award. The award nominee will be notified by telephone or email on May 18, 2016. In order to qualify for the award, the nominee must hand deliver his or her exhibit-ready photograph to the von Liebig Art Center by 2 pm on May 16, 2016 or ship the photograph to ARTMove LLC in Naples, Florida by May 9, 2016 and attend the June 17, 2016 preview reception for the Camera USA™ exhibition at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida. An award nominee residing in Florida will receive a $300 travel stipend and two nights hotel accommodations in Naples, Florida. An award nominee residing outside the State of Florida will receive domestic round-trip economy class airfare for one and two nights hotel accommodations in Naples, Florida.

About the Three Jurors

Zora Carrier

Dr. Zora Carrier is an accomplished museum director and art educator. She has served as Executive Director of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) in Tampa, Florida since May of 2014. FMoPA is dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists and enriches the community through education and outreach programs for children and adults.

Carrier has founded and directed several art organizations including the Open Concept Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Gallery Art Factory in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Perugia Gallery in the Slovak Republic. She received a Ph.D. in Education from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

   Photo: Todd Bates

Britt Salvesen

Britt Salvesen joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2009 as Curator and Head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints and Drawings Department. Previously, she was Director and Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP), University of Arizona. A historian of modern art and photography, Salvesen earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art and a Doctorate at the University of Chicago. She worked in the Publications Department of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1994 to 2003 and spent the following year at the Milwaukee Art Museum as Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs.



Eric Strachan

Eric Strachan is the Managing Director at DDC Investigations in Naples, Florida since 2014. He was previously the Senior Managing Editor of the Naples Daily News, where he spent a 32-year career leading and contributing to a wide variety of investigative, breaking news, feature and sports stories across print and digital platforms. He started his career as a news photojournalist and later became the Director of Photography at the Naples newspaper. An award-winning photographer and designer, he was instrumental in building and training a visual staff that gained a national reputation for excellence in news photography, recognized by the Pulitzer Prize, Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism contest and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. Strachan has served as a judge for the Best of Photojournalism competition, the Wedding Photojournalist Association competition and the American Society of Newspaper Editors photography competition, as well as state and local contests. He has served on the faculty of the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop at Marquette University and Ball State University, and at the annual Mountain Workshops operated by Western Kentucky University.

The Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center
The von Liebig Art Center is the home of the 62-year old Naples Art Association. The Naples Art Association presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours during the Camera USA™ 2016 exhibition are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photographers residing in any of the fifty States in the United States of America are eligible to enter one photograph taken in the United States after January 1, 2012 and not previously exhibited at The von Liebig Art Center. Accepted photographs must remain on display for the duration of the Camera USA™ 2016 exhibition.

Naples Art Association Membership
Although membership is not required for participation in Camera USA™ 2016, photographers are invited to join the Naples Art Association and receive a discounted Camera USA™ 2016 entry fee. Naples Art Association members participate in special members’ only exhibitions held throughout the year. For more information on member exhibitions, please visit the Naples Art Association website at: Membership offers many benefits including free admission to exhibition preview receptions and discounts on classes, workshops, lectures and gift shop purchases. Some memberships include reciprocal museum privileges through NARM andROAM. For more information and to become a member visit or call (239) 262-6517.

Entry Fee
Entries will be accepted online until March 16, 2016. The non-refundable entry fee is $32 (for current and new Naples Art Association members the entry fee is $27) and is payable online by credit card within three days of starting your application and before the March 16, 2016 entry deadline.

Dimensions: Maximum overall dimensions (including frame, if a frame is used) 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.

Presentation and Size Limitations for Glass
All photographs accepted for the Camera USA™ 2016 exhibition must be delivered in exhibition ready condition. Photographs must be ready to hang with a proper hanging wire with raw wire ends taped. Photographs mounted on metal or acrylic can be equipped with a French cleat for hanging. Sawtooth hangers are not permitted. 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 or another type of shatterproof glazing.

Notification (Posted Online to Your Juried Art Services Account)
Notifications will be posted to your Juried Art Services account on or before April 13, 2016. To read your notification letter, log into your Juried Art Services account and go to “My Applications.” Mouse over the Camera USA™ 2016 application bar and click on it when your cursor becomes a hand symbol. Your notification letter will open. Please note the April 13, 2016 notification date for future reference, as it is your responsibility to open and read your online notification letter at


Photograph Delivery
Photographs accepted for the exhibition may be hand delivered or shipped to Naples, Florida. Photographs must remain on display for the entire duration of the Camera USA™ 2016 exhibition and cannot be removed from the von Liebig Art Center until 12 noon on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

Hand Delivery: Deliver accepted artwork on Sunday, May 15 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. or on Friday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (delivery prior to May 15th is available by appointment). 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, May 9, 2016. Exhibitors are responsible for the cost of transporting their photographs to and from Naples, Florida. Shipments must include a FedEx or UPS prepaid return shipping label or Airbill with account number. Shipping to PO Boxes is not permitted. Place the prepaid shipping label or Airbill with account number 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 accounts of all entrants 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 FedEx Office locations sell lightweight boxes specifically designed for shipping framed artwork. See The Naples Art Association and ARTmove LLC (shipping and receiving agent for Camera USA™ 2016) are not responsible for photographs damaged during shipment. The Naples Art Association 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 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 email by May 4, 2016. The email address will be provided in acceptance letters posted to the juried art services accounts of all entrants with photographs accepted for the exhibition.

National Photography Award Winner 2015, Kathleen Brennan (center) of Rancho de Taos, New Mexico

Preview Reception and Award Presentation
On Friday, June 17 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. the Naples Art Association will host a preview reception for the Camera USA™ exhibition. The Camera USA™ 2016 National Photography Award winner will be announced during the preview reception. The reception is a benefit of Naples Art Association membership. Each exhibiting photographer is eligible to bring one non-member guest to the reception free of charge. All other non-members are welcome at $10 per person.

Photographs exhibited in the Camera USA™ 2016 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 Naples Art Association processes sales and will retain a 30% commission on all photographs sold during the exhibition. Proceeds from sales support the Naples Art Association’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, August 7 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, August 8, 2016. Photographs should be picked up during scheduled pick up dates and times. Photographs shipped for the exhibition with the required prepaid return shipping label or Airbill with account number will be returned shipped by ARTMove LLC during the week of August 15, 2016.

Advice for Beginning Photographers
Camera USA™ 2016 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™ 2016 will have his or her work accepted for the exhibition. Should your photograph be accepted for the exhibiton, you should be prepared to print, frame or otherwise prepare your image for hand delivery or shipping. IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER BEFORE CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPH TO ENTER: Printing, framing and shipping your accepted photograph to Naples, Florida may be expensive and especially if your photograph is large. Make a test print at the size you are proposing for the exhibition and check your test print for resolution quality. Plan ahead for expenses by getting one or more estimates locally for framing or mounting your photograph. Check rates for shipping your photograph to and from zip code 34108 in Naples, Florida by calling FedEx at 1.800.GoFedEx (463-3339) or by going to their website at

Photography collectors are most interested in photographers signed by the photographers. They are also interested in photographs printed as part of a limited edition. Consider printing your photograph as an edition and number it near your signature. Edition numbers are written like fractions with the total number of the edition as the denominator and the individual photograph number as the numerator. For example, 1/10 indicates the photograph is the first in a series of ten. Photographs from small editions generally sell for higher prices than photographs from larger or unlimited editions. An edition of no more than 20 photographs is recommended.

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™ 2016 exhibition participants acquire insurance to cover loss or damage.