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8th Annual

2023 Open Lens Photography Exhibit And Competition

You are invited to participate in the 2023 Open Lens Photography Exhibit and Competition sponsored by the Hamilton County Artists’ Association. This exhibit and competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers and will be a judged and juried event. Please read all the following entry information carefully.

General Information


The Open Lens Competition and Exhibit is a judged event and open to all photographers in the Hamilton County and all surrounding regions.


Entry categories will be Monochrome, Color, and Creative/Altered.


An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e., contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image (for example, by Sepia, gold, etc.).  A greyscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and will be classified as a Color Work. 

Entries in Monochrome and Color can be edited to improve the quality of the image and can include stitched panorama and HDR images. Accepted actions to improve the quality of the image could include spot removal, cloning out a distraction, or blending exposures together instead of using an HDR process.

The Creative/Altered category covers images heavily manipulated to change the underlying composition, images combined with textures, images of different compositions blended together and other similar post processing techniques.


Deadline for Entry: July 28, 2023 (online or in person)

Drop off images at the HCAA Gallery: July 29, 2023, 10am-4pm

Opening reception and Awards announcement: August 4, 2023, 6:30-9pm

Display dates at the HCAA Gallery: August 4-26, 2023

Pick up images: August 26, 2023, 10am-4pm

Display dates in HCAA online Gallery for all awarded images: September 1 to December 31

The HCAA Gallery

195 S. 5th Street

Noblesville, IN


  1. All entries must be the original work of the photographer entering the competition.

  2. The longest outside dimension on the framed or wrapped entry cannot exceed 32 inches.

  3. All entries must be provided with a hanging wire attached to the frame with “D-rings.” Entries not securely prepared will be disqualified. 

  4. Photographs with mats but not in frames or not gallery wrapped will not be accepted.

  5. Each entry must be clearly labeled on the upper left-hand corner of the back with name, address, telephone number and image title.

  6. No photographer-identifying information may appear on the front of the photograph (however, a name can be masked by tape or Post-It if possible). 

  7. Depending on the total number of images submitted, not all images may be hung.

  8. Images must remain in the exhibit until the pick-up date unless extenuating circumstances allow otherwise. Arrangements must be made to defer a pickup past the pick-up date.


Prizes: (sponsored by Roberts)

Monochrome:  First – cash and ribbon/certificate, second – cash and ribbon/certificate, third – cash and ribbon/certificate, HM – ribbon/certificate

Color:  First – cash and ribbon/certificate, second – cash and ribbon/certificate, third – cash and ribbon/certificate, HM – ribbon/certificate

Creative/Altered: First – cash and ribbon/certificate, second – cash and ribbon/certificate, third – cash and ribbon/certificate, HM – ribbon/certificate

Best of Show – cash and ribbon/certificate

Additional prizes may be provided by sponsors.



HCAA will charge a 20% fee to HCAA members and 25% to non-HCAA members for images sold at the exhibit. Checks will be mailed at the conclusion of the show.


Entry fee:

$10/image or $25 for three images, payable to the Hamilton County Artists’ Association. Entry fee is $10 for all HCAA Juried Artist members.




Juror for 2023:

Rick Pranitis is an award winning Certified Professional Photographer as designated by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Capturing the world in photos has been a passion of his for over forty years. Rick's images have appeared in magazines, business journals and newsletters, newspapers (on-line and in print), professional photo galleries and personal homes and albums across the country. As a professional photographer and business owner he is guided by three core values; Integrity, Service and Excellence. By adhering to these core values he has gained the trust of his clients, created value for their investment in his services, and built a reputation as a professional and reliable business partner. Rick is also the coordinator for the Indiana State Fair photography competition.


If there are any questions or comments, please contact Michael Jack (317-605-1852)

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