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Exhibition Dates: November 14 – December 20, 2020
Virtual Reception: To view the recorded exhibition opening  Click here >

And the winners are:
1st Place: Norma Cordova
2nd Place: Cody Bratt
3rd Place: JoAnn Chaus
Merit Awards: Christopher Jordan, Ray Koh, Ursula Sokolowska, Wilton Wong
Honorable Mentions: Olga Merrill and Alex Shchebet.

People’s Choice Award: Maria Isabel LeBlanc, Brussels on Jensen Road, Moss Landing, CA.

This year’s International Juried Exhibition is an extraordinary show with a diverse array of images, processes, and genres. Many thanks to juror Aline Smithson, the founder and editor-in-chief of Lenscratch, for judging nearly 2,500 images submitted to the competition. She had the very challenging task of selecting just 49 images for our gallery exhibition and 69 for the online exhibition. Congratulations to everyone selected! If you can’t visit the gallery in person, you can see the works online here or you can order a catalog that includes all of the images. To purchase the exhibition catalog, click here.

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Jurors Statement
Thank you so much to Ann Jastrab and the Center of Photographic Arts for the incredible privilege of jurying the 2020 International Juried Competition. I have been humbled and inspired by the experience and I can confidently say that the state of photography today is more exciting and varied than at any other time in history. The exhibition reflects all facets of contemporary photography, from classic silver gelatin to alternative processes to cell phone capture, to collaged or sewn photographs—and more. The work is personal, political, complex, and beautiful. It’s a collection of deep seeing and thinking, so important for our world today. Congratulations to all the artists.

I was recently in discussion with a significant photography curator and she asked, “how is this work elevating the medium and pushing boundaries? Show me something new!” I thought that was an important question and consideration for this exhibition, as photography in 2020 is filled will endless possibilities. 2020 has been a year with a dark side, but it has also created a space for enlivened creativity.

I’ve often heard someone say, when they are rejected from an exhibition, “the juror hates my work”. This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. During the jurying process I become deeply attached to images and can’t bear to let them go. Narrowing down thousands for an exhibition consisting of 49 photographs on the wall and 70 images online is almost heartbreakingly unbearable. I had to let go images that I love, work by people I admire, photographs I’ve selected for other exhibitions, even work that I have featured on Lenscratch. The process of jurying is a subjective feat, but that subjectivity comes with deep consideration of the current state of photography….and the world.

I am so grateful to have spent hours and hours with your photographs, no decision came lightly, and I do want to say congratulations to all who submitted. You have provided me so much excitement about photography in 2020.

-Aline Smithson

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