WideOpen: Excellence in Photography

WideOpen:  Excellence in Photography

The inaugural WideOpen photo exhibition, which celebrates all forms of photography, is a collaboration between the SONY Corporation, Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts, and the Dairy Barn Arts Center. This international juried exhibition of photographic mastery originates 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.

Submissions are now closed. NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE WAS SENT ON JULY 16, 2018. Contact holly@dairybarn.org if you have any questions.


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


Molly Roberts is an award winning photography editor, consultant and photographer. With 25 years in the magazine and book publishing world, she has contributed to the look and content of award winning publications including the Washington Post Magazine, USA Weekend and Smithsonian Magazine print and web. Special Projects have included books such as “Picture This” by Tipper Gore, “Gods, Gold and Grandeur” by Paul Henry Walker and “The Outdoor America” series by National Geographic books. She has had the honor of being a juror for prestigious contests including POYi, Best of Photojournalism, Social Documentary Network and the National Magazine Awards. She has also participated in panel discussions and presentations about the current state of the photographic medium and the future of publishing at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Corcoran, Texas State University, PhotoNOLA and others. She has been an invited reviewer for Santa Fe Review, PhotoNOLA, Medium, The New York Times Review and Women Photojournalists of Washington. Roberts recently created a nonprofit organization with the dual goal of focusing attention on human rights issues in America and creating new audiences for important nonfiction photography projects on these subjects.

Brooke Shaden explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears. After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.

Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see whom her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes and experience into a representation of one’s potential.
While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.

Brooke’s passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

Brian Smith For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ.

His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year competition.

His books include: Art & Soul, photographed in partnership with The Creative Coalition and Sony, pairs Smith’s iconic portraits of celebrities from film, television, stage and music with their personal messages about the importance of funding the arts. Secrets of Great Portrait Photography shares his stories from his last 30 years photographing portraits of the famous and infamous; and Sony A7 Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots.

Brian Smith’s work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress, American Museum of Natural History, Aperture Gallery, Chelsea Art Museum and the W Los Angeles. He’s appeared on The X Factor, Israel Channel One and Fine Living Network. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize, American Photography, Communication Arts Photography Awards, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism, One Eyeland People Photographer of the Year, American Photo magazine’s New Faces in Photography, AltPick Awards and Photo District News Awards.

He’s a Sony Artisan of Imagery, Profoto Legend of Light and X-Rite Master Coloratti. His work has been featured on the covers of the Photo District News and Professional Photographer and in Communication Arts, After/Capture, American Photo, Popular Photography, Digital Photo Pro, Emerging Photographer, Inside Edge, PDN and Rangefinder magazines. His photography assignments have taken him to six continents racking up four million air miles yet they have always brought him home to Miami Beach.

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
  • Travel Award to Hog Island
  • Landscape Award
  • The Human Condition Award
  • Under 30 Award
  • Over 65 Award
  • Jurors Awards (3)


March 31                       Call for Entry released

April 9                          Entries open for artists’ submission

June 27                        Deadline for WideOpen submissions

July 20                         Artists will be notified by July 20

August 3                       Artist paperwork including workshop proposals due

September 10             Artwork due to The Dairy Barn Arts Center

September 28             Artist and Sponsor reception 4pm, Public reception 5-8pm

September 29             Artists talks, workshops by artists and vendors

November 18              WideOpen closes at the Dairy Barn Arts Center

December 3                WideOpen is available for tour

December 2020          Work is returned to artists. Sold work is shipped to new owner.


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, 2013. 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). You can submit by visiting WideOpenDairyBarn.ArtCall.Org

 FEE The submission fee for 1-3 pieces before May 7, 2018 is $35. The submission fee for 1-3 pieces on or after May 7 is $45 payable on ArtCall, the submission system you will use for entering.  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: JPG.  Be sure each file is a .jpg and carries the extension “.jpg”.  Acceptable resolution is 150 dpi.  Images must be sized no larger than 2000 pixels on the longest side.

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.jpg”, “Series Title_2.jpg”, 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 20, 2018 following the jury process.  All artist exhibition paperwork must be completed by August 10, 2018.  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, September 29—November 18, 2018. WideOpen will be available for tour December 10, 2018 and will travel until December 2020.

DELIVERY AND RETURN OF WORK Artists are responsible for the shipping of their work to and from the Dairy Barn Arts Center.  Accepted work must arrive framed. Acrylic glass must be used in frame. Do not ship glass. Once accepted, selected pieces must be shipped to arrive or be hand delivered between September 3-10, 2018 to:

The Dairy Barn Arts Center, WideOpen

8000 Dairy Lane

Athens, Ohio 45701

Artwork will be returned in the same container in which it was shipped.  Please be certain your shipping container is sufficient, as it may be shipped internationally to WideOpen venues. Be sure to include a return shipping label with accepted shipped work.  Do not send personal checks with estimated amount for postage. UPS or FedEx are our preferred couriers.

Dairy Barn Arts Center reserves the right to deny admission to any work that is drastically different than it appears in the submission.

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 holly@dairybarn.org.

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