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Guidelines and Entry for Double Exposure Adult Division

Select this link to view Adult Division images chosen to appear in the competition - PDF format

Winning Entries Announced:

The winning entries for the 2017 Double Exposure Statewide Photography Competition:

$500 Purchase Award: "Tempus Fugit"-Warren Simons, Montgomery

$250 Awards of Excellence:
"Rust Bubbles" by Jim Morris, Tuscaloosa

"Bruised" by Martin Naugher, Northport

"The Colored Girl" by Joe'l Bethany Brock, Birmingham

"Fern Swirl" by Julia Washburn, Pelham

Our judge for the Adult Division was Eliott Knight, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Montgomery, AL.


Guidelines for 2017 Competition (closed)


The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is sponsoring its 14th Annual Double Exposure Photography Competition for Adults at The Arts Council Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center February 3-24, 2017; 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm, M-F. A $35 entry fee entitles any Alabama photographer ages 18 and up to submit up to three works for judging. Only original works by those residing in Alabama may enter. Images must not have been previously shown in a Double Exposure or West Alabama Juried Show.

Entry Fee and Awards

A fee of $35 will be charged to enter up to three images. No entry fees will be refunded. Awards are $500 Purchase Award for Best of Show (will remain in The Arts Council’s permanent collection) and four $250 Cash Awards.  Purchase Award winner will be invited to have a solo exhibit at a Bama Theatre gallery at a later date.

Submitting-December 2-11, 2016

Two rounds of judging will take place, the first to choose photos to appear in the exhibit, and the second, in person, to select the winners. Works submitted for the first round of judging will now be accepted through a digital upload on the website submittable.com instead of by CD. This new procedure will not only be more convenient for entrants during the jury process, but allow management of your images in other competitions which utilize Submittable. To begin your entry process, click on the link to the right, and you will be redirected to the submittable.com site where you will establish an account. You may submit up to three images, all of which must be in .jpg format and preferably no larger than 2.5 megabytes. Larger images are acceptable, but your upload time and the judge’s time viewing the images will be much faster with a smaller image. Keep in mind, images should be clear enough for your piece to be judged at its best, but small enough for upload. For each image, you must enter a title (required, “Untitled” not acceptable); dimensions; a price for sales and/or insurance purposes (even if not for sale). You must also indicate if you are or are not willing to accept the Purchase Award. The Purchase Award Winner will remain in the permanent collection of The Arts Council.

You will receive a notification after you have successfully submitted your art to Submittable.

How to Submit Your Images

How to Edit Your Digital Images for Submission


Once the jury process is complete, you will be notified by email about the status of your entries.

Delivery of Accepted Works and Framing

THE ARTS COUNCIL/BAMA THEATRE/CULTURAL ARTS CENTER WILL BE CLOSED ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY, MON. JANUARY 16 AND WILL NOT ACCEPT PIECES ON THAT DAY. Accepted works must be delivered to The Arts Council office in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Avenue, downtown Tuscaloosa, January 16-20, 2017 during office hours of 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. All pieces accepted for the show must be ready for hanging and matted, framed and under glass.  Frames must be equipped with wire securely attached for hanging. Wires must not show above the frame. Loose wires, saw tooth brackets or other hangers are not acceptable, and the work will be rejected prior to final judging. Visit this site to view guidelines for proper framing: http://www.onlineartcenter.com/framing.html. Total size of work, including the mat and frame should be no larger than 32” x 32”. All works should be labeled on the back upper right corner with completed labels provided by clicking on the link on the right side of this page. All works must be titled. “Untitled” is not acceptable. Works chosen for the exhibit must be matted in white or off white mat board in dark brown or black simple frames. WRAPPED CANVASES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

All works accepted for the exhibit must have the provided identification tag attached to the back upper right corner of the piece including name, title of piece and price.


Pick-up and Publicity

Works accepted for the exhibit must remain until the conclusion of the exhibit. Pick up will be February 27, 2017 through March 3. All works will be insured while in the custody of The Arts Council, however, works will not be insured or considered to be in our custody prior to or after the designated dates. Any work accepted for the show (with the exception of the Purchase Award winner) may be priced to sell to the public. Buyers will be referred to the artist for purchases; The Arts Council will not handle transactions. Works which are not picked up within six months may be donated to charity. The gallery charges no commission on sales for this competition. The Arts Council reserves the right to utilize images of accepted and/or winning entries for publicity or educational purposes and display those images at our discretion.


Call 205-345-9801 or 205-758-5195, ext. 6 for more information.

Important Dates

Online Acceptance of Entries: December 2-11, 2016

Entry Deadline: December 11, 2016 at midnight

Notification of Acceptance: December 16 by email

Delivery of selected works: January 16-20, 2017 during office hours at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center

Notification of Winners:
 January 27, 2017 by email

Exhibit Dates at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center: February 3-24, 2017; 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm, M-F

Opening Reception: February 3, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday at the DWCAC

Pick up: February 27-March 3 by 5 p.m. at Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center



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