Camera USA 2015: National Photography Exhibition and Award
June 15, 2015 to July 17, 2015
The von Liebig Art Center's Frederick O. Watson Gallery
Application Dates
Dec 3 '14 to Mar 18 '15
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
Apr 10, 2015


Camera USA 2015

National Photography Award and Exhibition

Exhibition on view: June 15 - July 17, 2015

  • One cash 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, 2011
  • Exhibition Jurors: Harry Benson, Award Winning Photojournalist; Patty Carroll, Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director of the Center of Photography at Woodstock.
  • Membership in the Naples Art Association is not required
  • Non-refundable Entry Fee of $32 ($27 for Naples Art Association Members) and is payable online with a credit card
  • A bricks and mortar exhibition on view in The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida from June 15 through July 17, 2015
  •  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 18, 2015 entry deadline

All photographers residing in the United States are invited to submit one photograph taken in the United States after January 1, 2011 for Camera USA 2015: National Photography Award and Exhibition.

The photography exhibition will be installed in the Naples Art Association’s Frederick O. Watson Gallery at The von Liebig Art Center from June 15 through July 17, 2015. The von Liebig Art Center 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 2015 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 scheduled for Friday, June 12, 2015. Round-trip economy class airfare for one 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

Harry Benson

Scottish born photojournalist Harry Benson arrived in America with the Beatles in 1964. He has photographed every US president from Eisenhower to Barack Obama; was just feet away from Bobby Kennedy the night he was assassinated; in the room with Richard Nixon when he resigned; on the Meredith march with Martin Luther King, Jr.; next to Coretta Scott King at her husband’s funeral; on maneuvers with the IRA; was there when the Berlin Wall went up and when it came down; and covered the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans.

In 2013, Benson received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. On January 1, 2009, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and received his honor at Buckingham Palace in March. He was honored with a Doctor of Letters from the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University in 2007. Benson was twice named the NPPA (National Press Photographer’s Association) Magazine Photographer of the Year. He received the 2005 LUCIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in Portrait Photography; the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scottish Press Photographers Association; and has twice received the Leica Medal of Excellence. He has had 40 gallery solo exhibitions and fourteen books of his photographs have been published.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Both museums hosted his Harry Benson: Being There exhibition (2006-7). A major retrospective exhibition of Benson’s photographs was at Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, Scotland from June through September 2008.

Under contract to LIFE Magazine from 1970 to 2000, Benson is presently under contract to Vanity Fair Magazine, and he photographs for Architectural Digest, Newsweek and many other major magazines. Benson lives in New York with his wife Gigi who works with him on his book and exhibition projects. Their two daughters Wendy and Tessa live and work in Los Angeles.

Patty Carroll

Patty Carroll is Adjunct Full Professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Columbia College in Chicago, IIT and the Royal College of Art in London. Carroll is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, and teaches for Ascend Training in Chicago. She has participated in numerous group and one-person exhibitions and has work in several museums internationally. She is the photographic author of 4 books: “Spirited Visions” a book and exhibit of portraits of Chicago artists in 1992 with James Yood; “Culture is Everywhere” published by Prestel in 2002 with Victor Margolin; “ Living the Life: The World of Elvis Tribute Artists” 2005; “Man Bites Dog: The Culture of Hot Dogs in America” with Bruce Kraig 2012. Selected one-person exhibitions include “Are You Lonesome Tonight” at Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England in 1996, “Elvis?” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago in 1999 and  “Dark and Deadly: Photographs and Digital Movie Posters” at The Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. Since 2010, her Anonymous Women: Draped series has been exhibited at White Box Museum in Beijing, at Shanghai University Gallery and at the Cultural Center in Chicago in 2012. She was the recipient of an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2003 and has had various International artist residencies.

Carroll has guest curated exhibitions including: “American Made: The New Still Life” which toured Japan, 1993: “The Constructed Self,” 1998; “E2K:Elvisions:2000” at Intuit, the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in 2000: “The Stella Collective” at the Ukrainian Museum of Art, Chicago in 2014.

Ariel Shanberg

Ariel Shanberg joined the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) as an Arts Administration Intern in 1999. In the fall of 2003, he was appointed Executive Director. As the fourth Executive Director in the organization’s history, Shanberg sets and oversees the CPW’s artistic mission and creative offerings, working with the staff and Board to ensure its historic and continued excellence.

Shanberg has curated many exhibitions at CPW, most recently “ Tabula Rasa” as well as at other venues including Light Factory, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, the Islip Art Museum, the Dorsky Museum and the 2011 members exhibition at the Houston Center for Photography. He has served as a panelist for the 2011 New York Photo Festival Awards, the National Endowment for the Arts, Media Alliance’s Media Action Grant, Light Works’ Regional Photographers’ Grant and a reviewer at both regional and national Society of Photographic Education conferences, FotoFest, Portfolio Review Russia and Rhubarb Rhubarb as well as an invited speaker at Bucknell College, Fashion Institute of Photography, Parsons School of the Arts, Rutgers University, School of Visual Art, Syracuse University and University of the Arts.

He has contributed essays on the works of various photographers for monographs and such publications as Aspect: The Chronicle for New Media Art, Contact Sheet, European Photography, Exposure, Nueva Luz, and Photograph. Additionally he sits on the Advisory Board of En Foco and was the 2007 Conference Chair for SPE’s joint regional Mid-Atlantic and Northeast conference held in November 2007 at Woodstock. In 1997, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree cum laude in Painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

The Naples Art Association (NAA) at The von Liebig Art Center
The von Liebig Art Center is the home of the 61-year old Naples Art Association (NAA). The NAA presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours during the Camera USA 2015 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 cordially invited to enter one photograph taken in the United States after January 1, 2011 and not previously exhibited at The von Liebig Art Center. Accepted photographs must remain on display for the duration of the Camera USA 2015 exhibition.

NAA Membership
Although membership is not required for participation in Camera USA 2015, photographers are invited to join the NAA and receive a discounted Camera USA 2015 entry fee. NAA members participate in special members’ only exhibitions held throughout the year. For more information on member exhibitions, please visit the NAA website at: Membership offers many other exciting benefits including free admission to exhibition preview receptions, library privileges and discounts on classes, workshops, lectures, art supplies and gift shop purchases. For more information on becoming a member visit or call (239) 262-6517.

Entry Fees
Applications will be accepted online until March 18, 2015. The non-refundable application fee is $32 (for current and new NAA members the entry fee is $27) and is payable online by credit card.

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 on Glass
All photographs accepted for the Camera USA 2015 exhibition must be delivered in exhibition ready condition. Photographs must be ready to hang with 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 or another type of shatterproof glazing.

Notification (Posted Online in Your JAS Account)

Notifications will be posted to your Juried Art Services account on or before April 15, 2015. To read your notification letter, log into your Juried Art Services account and go to “applications.” Mouse over the Camera USA 2015 application bar and click on it when your cursor becomes a hand symbol. Your notification letter will then open. Please notate the April 15 notification date or create an electronic reminder as it will be your responsibility to view your online notification. The Camera USA 2015 National Photography Award winner will be notified by telephone or e-mail on June 8, 2015.

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 2015 exhibition and cannot be removed from The von Liebig Art Center until 12 noon on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Hand Delivery: Deliver accepted artwork on Sunday, May 31 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. or on Friday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Delivery prior to May 31st 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 28, 2015. 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 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 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 2015) 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, May 14, 2015. 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, June 12 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 2015 National Photography Award winner will be announced during the preview reception.

Photographs exhibited in the Camera USA 2015 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, July 19 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2015. 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 July 27, 2015.

Camera USA 2015 Calendar

Entry Deadline March 18

Jury Results Posted on Juried Art Services April 15

Deadline for updated/revised artist statements May 14

Shipped Artwork Deadline May 28

Artwork Receiving May 31 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

(or earlier by appointment)

Artwork Receiving June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Award Winner Notified June 8

Preview Reception and Award Announcement June 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Exhibition on view with Free Admission June 15 - July 17

Artwork Pick Up July 19 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Artwork Pick Up July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Return Shipping by ARTMove LLC Week of July 27

Note to Beginning Photographers
Camera USA 2015 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 2015 will have his or her work accepted for the exhibition. If your photograph is accepted, you should be prepared to print, frame or otherwise prepare your image for hand delivery or shipping. IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ENTERING: Make a test print at the size you are proposing for the exhibition to check your image quality. Get one or more estimates for framing or mounting your photograph. 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 .

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 individual print number 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 2015 exhibition participants acquire insurance to cover loss or damage.