2020 Open Lens Photography Exhibit And Competition

You are invited to participate in the 2020 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 and Color.


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 HDR images, but not stitched panorama images. Images may be altered by the maker. Adjustments to enhance images or creatively modify images are allowed providing the underlying photograph is retained in a way that is obvious to the viewer.  Images may not be constructed entirely with a computer, and must be the sole work of the author.

Time Line:

Entries will be submitted ONLINE August 1st - September 30th. 


Awards announcement: Results will be emailed and posted online by October 9.

Display dates at the Birdie online Gallery for Open Lens competition and results: October 3-31

Display dates in Birdie online Gallery for all awarded images: November 1 to March 31, 2021


  1. Each participant can enter up to a total of three images, and could have one entry in each category or all three in just one category.

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

  3. Entries must fit within 1920 pixels long and 1080 pixels high, be 300 dpi and less than 2mb in size.

  4. No identifying information about the photographer may appear in the photograph.

  5. Depending on the total number of images submitted, the subject matter and judge’s decision, not all images may be displayed.

  6. Images with awards will remain in the HCAA Open Lens Gallery for six months.



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

Best of Show – cash and ribbon/certificate

Additional prizes may be provided by sponsors.



Because this is a digital event, sales arrangements will be made between the potential buyer and the photographer.


Entry fee:

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



If there are any questions or comments, please contact Sue Payne (317-773-2816) or Michael Jack (317-605-1852)

Copyright Hamilton County Artists' Association 2020