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WideOpen: Excellence in Photography

WideOpen:  Excellence in Photography

The second biennial WideOpen photo exhibition, which celebrates all forms of photography, is a collaboration between Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts, and the Dairy Barn Arts Center with sponsorship from SONY Corporation. This international juried exhibition of photographic mastery originated in Athens, Ohio, a community that has a deep respect for the medium’s impact and its own storied history of photography excellence and innovation on an international stage.

Submission open April 1, 2020

Early Bird submission discount: April 1 – April 15, 2020

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020

2020 Jurors

Ardine Nelson

Michael Rubenstein

Pete Souza

Tour Locations
Confirmed: Sony Gallery, New York City, New York (winners & selected works)



Over $10,000 in Cash and Prizes

  • Best of Show, Sony Camera & Lens
  • Terry and Lyntha Scott Eiler Award of Excellence
  • Ohio University School of Visual Communication Award given to an Ohio University Alumni
  • Current Student Award
  • Travel Award to Hog Island
  • Landscape Award
  • The Human Condition Award
  • Jurors Awards (3)


2020 Exhibiting Photographer:

Amanda Abbott – Jonathan Adams – Lauren Bacho – Bill Berris – Jacqueline Bon – Cassidy Brauner

Anna Bruce – Kenner Bush – Robert Caplin – Max Catalano – Jonathan Chape – Robert Coomer

Connaught Cullen – Sanwal Deen – Ellie East – Melissa Farlow – Nicholas Fedak II – Beth Flick

Richard Greene – Elizabeth Haen – Sam Harnois – Brooke Herbert – Nicholas Hill – Jessa Janes

Maddie Jones – Jim Koenigsaecker – Lisa Kyle – William LeGoullon – Scott Marx – Ronnie McClure

Maurice Mufson – Andrew Musil – Ardine Nelson – Randy Olson – Joe Patronite – Doug Peterson

Lauren Pond – Betty Ranck – Steven Rhodes – Katherine Runevitch – Dirk Shadd – James Shirey

Marcia Shubert – Ben Siegel – Aaron Smith – Alex Snyder – Gregory Spaid – Stephanie Taiber

Douglas Taylor – Ross Taylor – Linda Teufel – Jesse Thorton – Kirsteen Titchener

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Mariel Tyler – Barbara Vogel – William D. Wade – Dan Westergren

Paul Wilbur –  Garett Wood – Ruth Worley – Joshua Zawiski


MATERIALS  WideOpen: Excellence in Photography is a juried exhibition designed to celebrate all genres of the photographic image.  We invite all photography by amateur and professional photographers. Submitted image(s) may be taken by digital or film camera. Altered images are eligible. WideOpen is open to amateur and professional photographers.

AUTHORSHIP  Artists must be ages 18 and over.  Works eligible for consideration must be the result of independent effort.  The work must be an original design, not a copy or a variation on the original design of another artist working in any medium.

DATE OF WORK All entries must be NEW work – completed after January 1, 2016. The recent modification of an older or previously dated work does not make the work eligible unless the artist can produce documentation of significant differences between the original and the revised versions of the piece.

EXHIBITION AGREEMENT Submission of a work of art to this exhibition and the completion of the online entry process shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to all the conditions set forth.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE Artists will retain all copyrights to their work.  Submitting to WideOpen grants The Dairy Barn Arts Center the rights to reproduce and distribute the images through print and electronic media for promotion of the exhibition and its entrants.

SUBMISSION  Each artist may submit 3 pieces (including a single series of up to 5 images). SUBMISSIONS OPEN APRIL 15.

FEE The submission fee for 1-3 pieces before April 15, 2020 is $40 or $35 for Dairy Barn Members and current students. The submission fee for 1-3 pieces on or after May 7 is $50 or $45 for Dairy Barn Members and current Students. Discounts for Students & Members of the Dairy Barn Arts Center are available.

ENTRY IMAGES  Three (3) pieces will be accepted for consideration including one series with up to five images.  Only jpeg files will be considered.  The work should appear as you would wish it to be reproduced.

DIGITAL IMAGE FILE SPECIFICATIONS FILE TYPE: Maximum file size is 1900×500 and jpg., .png, or .eps.

FILE NAMING: Each image file must be named as follows: “Title of Work.jpg”. If submitting a series, files must be named as follows: “Series Title_1”, “Series Title_2”, etc. Do not include your name, initials, or any other personal identifying information in file name.

JURY PROCESS The jury is a “blind” jury, which means the jurors do not know the artists’ names or locations.  This year’s jury panel is comprised of three photographers who demonstrate mastery in their respective style.  These talented individuals will select artworks based on originality of concept, design, technique, and craftsmanship.  Acceptance will be granted on the basis of submitted images.


NOTIFICATION  All artists will be notified by July 1, 2020 following the jury process.

The DBAC reserves the right to refuse work that is drastically different from what was digitally represented. Selected works will be on display at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Sauber Gallery, October 2 – November 29, 2020.

ARTIST STATEMENT Once accepted, all artists are required to submit an artist’s statement of no more than 80 words. This statement will appear in gallery materials. The Dairy Barn Arts Center will not publish more than 80 words per artist, and will not edit the statements.

INSURANCE Artists must provide retail and insurance value for each piece of accepted work.  The insurance value is 65% of its fair market value or sale price.  In the event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to provide documentation concerning the value of the work and the extent of the claim.  The Dairy Barn Arts Center will insure the artwork while it is in our gallery for the duration of the exhibition, but the artists are responsible for their own insurance during shipping to and from DBAC.

SALES Accepted artists are also welcome to sell up to five signed prints in our Gallery Shop. In the event of a sale, the artist will be paid 65% of the retail price listed.  The Dairy Barn will retain a 35% commission on work sold during the exhibition at The Dairy Barn or any sale that results from mediation by Dairy Barn Staff. A work identified as For Sale (e.g. with an established retail price in U.S. Dollars) must maintain that status for as long as it is part of the active WideOpen exhibition.  Artists whose work is not for sale (NFS) must indicate NFS and must list a valid insurance value in U.S. Dollars on submission form.

For questions contact Holly Ittel, Exhibitions Manager at