Photographer's Theme Exhibition - 2020

Prepare now for our 4th annual 2020 Photographer's Theme Exhibition. This juried Theme Exhibition will again be hosted in the 3rd Floor Gallery at First Baptist Church - Decatur.  Here are our tentative plans and process.

2020 Dates - NOTICE: Our Photographer's Theme Exhibition is postponed due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. We will reschedule as soon as conditions allow. Thanks for your patience, and Happy Social Distancing!

Entry Deadline:  Saturday, April 4, 2020 (Midnight)

Announcement of Accepted Themes:  Saturday, April 11

Set Up/Hanging: Saturday, April 25; 10am - 12 noon

"Meet the Artists" Reception: TBD

Take Down: Saturday June 6; 10:30am - 12noon 


APS members in good standing may enter.

Each entry consists of a collection of three images consistent with a theme selected by the photographer. Members may enter a maximum of two collections (three images each) for consideration.  Members will submit digital images (regular competition size) for consideration by the jury.  A brief image/collection description (<~200 words) must accompany each collection submitted.

Entry Deadline:  Saturday, April 4, 2020 (Midnight)

Please send your image collection entries to:

Jim Harrison - Chair: Photographer's Theme Exhibition ("Right" click to copy email address.)


Each submitted collection should fit a theme determined by the artist. Examples of themes include, but are not limited to: Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, Food.  More specific thematic categories might include: Cowboys, Mothers, Love, Science, Success, Conflict, etc.  Each image must be connected by the thematic category chosen by the artist. 

Similar to our OPEN COMPETIONS, there are no limits to manipulation or type of genre. Any image you have created can be entered. The image need not be a previous APS ribbon or salon winner. 

Each member who submits image collections must include a brief description of each theme/collection. Every theme must have a specific title. How well each image relates to the selected theme and to each other will be one important criterion for the jury process. Individual image titles are recommended but not required.

The entry fee for selected themes will be $20 (this will cover gallery use and reception costs) payable upon selection.  This will not be like our Salon competition. No ribbons will be awarded.  We will conduct "People's Choice" voting, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place themes will be recognized.

Selection Process

Each collection submitted will be juried.  APS members with Artist and Masters distinctions will choose which collections of images are to be exhibited. Jurors cannot vote for their own images.

The method used in the jury process will be as follows: All jurors score individual images in each theme (1-5),  and each collection as a whole (1-5).  (The maximum score for each theme is 20.) The top ~15 collections will be exhibited.  Thus, a maximum of ~15 members will be represented.   A maximum of ~45 images will be accepted.

Acceptance will be based on the jury results for the theme images submitted.  ONLY what is deemed to be finest work will be exhibited. We want to show the community of Atlanta the talent our club possess. The goal is to show one collection per participating member. Thus, the maximum number of images any one member can have is three. BUT if less than 15 members enter collections for consideration, the jurors may accept more than one collection per member to reach the 45-image goal.

Announcement of Accepted Collections:  

~ Saturday, April 11

Image Presentation for the Exhibition

Images exhibited will be framed prints.  Framed images will follow Salon presentation guidelines. Poorly presented printed images will not be exhibited.

Members who are represented in the exhibit must provide a brief photographers bio (<~100 words), a brief image/collection description (<~200 words), and a passport or similar sized photo of themselves. This information will be displayed with each accepted collection. The presentation of this information will be standardized.


First Baptist Church of Decatur
308 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, Georgia, 30030

Dates & Hours

Sunday, April 26 - Saturday June 6, 2019

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 5pm

Friday:  9am - 12 noon

Sunday: 8:30am - 12:30pm

Closed Saturday

Salon Presentation Guidelines

Entries must be mounted, matted (white or pastel colors), glassed (glass or plastic), framed and delivered ready to hang. The minimum frame size is 11" x 14" with no reasonable maximum. All quality frames are acceptable. Plain frames suitable for gallery style presentation and approximately 1" wide (or less) are preferred.  All entries must have one hook on each side on the back of the frame, and a wire connecting those hooks, suitable for the gallery's hanging system. 

Every image entered must be identified on the back with the title, category (B&W or Color) the photographer’s name and an arrow pointing to the top of the entry. 

Image information must be provided to the Salon Chair (email preferred) by the specified date. This includes Photographer, Title, Category (B&W of Color) and Selling Price (or value if “Not for Sale”) for all entries.  A selling price for the image will be included on the ID card so that the entry can be sold to the public (minus commission by the gallery). 

All entries will be judged by the Salon committee prior to hanging for compliance with the rules, subject of good taste, and quality of mounting, matting and framing. The committee reserves the right to reject or grant acceptance to any entry not in compliance with the rules. 

Example Image Collection (Hypothetical from our APS April 2017 Architecture Theme Competition)

Theme - Creative Architectural Photography

Marriott Marquis Satellites

The Ferris Wheel

Ecclesiastical Egg

Additional theme examples 

Frame Sources

Frame Destination (See Secretary's Update near the bottom of our home page for how to get your 10% discount!)

American Frame

Next Meeting / RSVP

Join our Meetup group to follow our scheduled competitions, programs, field trips and other club activities.

Best Website Design
Best Website Design

Visit Us

308 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, Georgia, 30030


Follow Us
Email Us

© 2020 Snowball Creative Group, LLC. All rights reserved.