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Photographer's Theme Exhibition - 2023

Prepare now for our 2022 Photographer's Theme Exhibition. This juried Theme Exhibition will be both virtual/on-line and gallery show of framed prints, hosted at First Baptist Church of Decatur.  Here are our tentative plans and process.

2023 Theme Exhibition Dates

Entry Deadline:  ~ April 1, 2023 (Sat.)

Announcement of Accepted Themes:  April, 15, 2023 (Sat.)

Set Up/Hanging: April 29, 2023 (Sat.), 10am

Virtual Exhibition Dates: May 1, 2023 - June 30,2023

"Meet the Artists" Reception: May 6, 2023 (Sat.), 6:30-8:30pm

Take Down: July 1, 2023 (Sat.), 10am


APS members in good standing may enter.

Each entry (theme) 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 (and for display in the virtual gallery).  A brief image/collection description (<~200 words) and a short bio (<~100 words) must accompany each collection submitted.

Entry Deadline:  April 1, 2023 (Sat.)

Please upload your image collection entries to: link TBD

Contact Jim Harrison, Chair: Photographer's Theme Exhibition , with your questions. ("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 and a short bio of the photographer. 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 our club's finest work will be exhibited. We want to show the community of Atlanta the talent our club possesses. 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 Themes:  

~ April, 15, 2023 (Sat.)

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 - 1st Floor Gallery
308 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, Georgia, 30030

Dates: May 1 - June 30, 2023

Times: Monday - Thursday: 9am - 5pm

Friday:  9am - 12 noon

Sunday: 8:30am - 12:30pm

Closed Saturday

Framed Print Presentation Guidelines

Entries must be mounted, matted (white or pastel colors), glassed (glass or plastic/acrylic), framed and delivered ready to hang. The minimum frame size is 11" x 14" with no reasonable maximum. All quality frames are acceptable. Plain black frames suitable for gallery style presentation and approximately 1" wide (or less) are preferred.  Ready to hang means - 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. 

Ready to Hang

Every image entered must be identified on the back with the Title, Theme, photographer’s name and an arrow pointing to the top of the entry. 

Additional image information must be provided to the Exhibition Chair (email preferred) by the specified date. This includes Photographer, Title, Theme 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 Exhibition 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 Theme Image Collection (1st Place Theme Red Hot by Rohit Kamboj (2019 Theme Exhibition)

Theme - Red Hot by Rohit Kamboj

Cruising on Red Sail by Rohit Kamboj

Lord of the Rings by Rohit Kamboj

Red Tram by Rohit Kamboj

Additional theme examples (from 2017 Theme Exhibition)

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