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State of the Art (SOTA) Online Juried Competition: The Human Spirit

From elation and joy to sadness and despair, from persistence and confidence to doubt and hesitation, the human spirit is boundless. These experiences fuel the soul and serve as a springboard for creative inspiration. The CPA SOTA Online Juried Competition welcomes imagery that highlights the human spirit as a major creative component. These moments may emanate from within the artist as defining revelations of one’s creative journey, or they may document evidence of successes and shortcomings in everyday life. Whether found within private, intimate spaces or as part of the natural landscape or the inner city, here’s your opportunity to share thoughtful and provocative imagery with a large audience.

The Jurors:

We are honored to have Ann Hazels, Director, Radius Gallery, Santa Cruz, and photographer, educator and CPA Assistant Director, Rick Murai as jurors for this competition. They bring a deep appreciation and a broad understanding of diverse photographic mediums, genres and techniques.

This event has concluded. We have left this listing in place so visitors can find their way to the online gallery of entries, using the button link, below. The online gallery will be removed on January 1, 2019. Thank you to all our participants!


Congratulations to the 2018 SOTA OJC winners

1st – Kevin Levesque – Barbershop at Night, Vietnam  (B&W)
2nd – Bruce Ashley – Special Ed Classroom
3rd – Ruth Grimes – I Hate Pants


Honorable Mention
Peter Berry, Sr. – Born on the Water – Inle Lake
Edwin Carungay – Consciente
Debi Lorenc – Heart Chanting in Lalibela
Chris Minnick Eviction Notice
Nina Temple – Field of Dreams


Viewer’s Choice
Andy Nguyen – Day of the Dead

The 2018 SOTA competition is over, but please do visit the gallery to see the entries!


View the OJC Entries Gallery