Call and Registration for Judged Photography

Photography Call for artists: Hit me with your best shots!

Sunset on Smith Island at the village of Tylerton,MD

As photographers, we all have our individual passions that make us put camera to eye. The something that goes beyond, “I was there,” and inspires us to share what we saw through the image. This is your opportunity to show what defines you as a photographer. Technical excellence is a given. Submit photographs that ignited a passion in you, not to make the viewer speculate why you took the photograph but to spark a connection between the captured image and the viewer.

In this judged show, awards will include a modest monetary prize awarded for “Best in Show,” and non-monetary Merit Awards in a variety of categories which may include Nature and Wildlife, Scenic, Street Life, Human Subjects and Portraiture, Abstracts, Still life, Black and White, and Creative Digital Enhancement.  This is a highly popular annual show with historically wide-ranging participation from regional photographers.

Curator: Michael Wootton
Judge: David Harp

Image : Sunset on Smith Island at the village of Tylerton,MD, David Harp

Submission Deadline:  June 16
Accepted Work Announced: July 1

Opening Reception, First Friday August 2, 5 – 8 pm

Awards Ceremony & Gallery Talk, Thursday, August 8, 5:30

Drop Off:  Sunday, July 28, 2- 4 pm
Monday, July 29, 10 am – 1 pm

Pick Up: Sunday, September 1, 2- 4 pm
                Monday, September 2, 10 am – 1 pm

Michael  Wootton

Graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in photography, Michael Wootton has spent his working career in photography. While working as a photographer for the MD State Highway Administration and the Bendix Field Engineering Corp., Mr. Wootton began establishing a freelancing business. After six years as a staff photographer he took his freelance business full time.

Working from the Eastern Shore, his clients include local, regional and national businesses with magazine credits including two iterations of the Maryland Magazine (state owned and privately run), Chesapeake Bay Magazine (a contributing photographer for over 40 years), Sailing, WoodenBoat and the German magazine Yacht, and National Geographic Kids. Included in his WoodenBoat credits was a feature article on the building of the Schooner Sultana. He also taught photography at Salisbury State University for two years and at Cecil Community College for three years as a part-time instructor.

In the early 80’s, Michael Wootton documented a portion of the then surviving Chesapeake Bay Skipjack fleet for the Maryland Historical Society Maritime Division as part of the successful effort to have the skipjack fleet listed on the National Historic Register. He later worked with the Maritime Division to document the remaining wooden Bay workboat builders on the Eastern Shore. Those photographs are part the division’s archives.

David Harp

A lifelong Marylander, David Harp operates an editorial photography  business from Cambridge,  on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  He is a 1969 graduate of Ohio University, with a degree in English literature.  He served as the staff photographer for the Hagerstown Morning Herald and was the photographer for The Baltimore Sun Magazine for nearly a decade before establishing his own business in 1990.

Mr. Harp’s magazine work has taken him from the coast of Normandy for a story on the 40th anniversary of D-Day to western Australia for coverage of the America’s Cup and to the tropical rain forests of Panama for magazine and corporate photography.  His magazine credits include The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Audubon, Sierra, Natural History, Islands, Travel Holiday, and Coastal Living Magazine.

His book, Water’s Way: Life Along the Chesapeake, a book of photographs with essays by Tom Horton, was published by Elliott and Clark in 1992 and released as a paperback by The Johns Hopkins University Press in the spring of 2000.  He then produced a book of photographs – also with essays by Tom Horton – about journeys by canoe, kayak, and skiff into a Chesapeake Bay wetland and about the variety of life encountered there.  Called The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey into a Chesapeake Wetland, it was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 2002.  His latest collaborations with Horton are two books about Chesapeake rivers:   The Nanticoke:  Portrait of a Chesapeake River (Johns Hopkins University Press 2008) followed by Choptank Odyssey  (Schiffer Publishing) in 2015.

Along with filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown and Mr. Horton, he was a producer, director and cinematographer for three documentary films:   Beautiful Swimmers Revisited in 2015 ,High Tide in Dorchester in 2018 and An Island Out of Time in 2019.

He was awarded the Andrew White Medal by Loyola College for his Chesapeake Bay photography in 2004, is a past president of the American Society of Media Photographers, was appointed by Governor O’Malley to the Maryland State Arts Council and is a past president of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.  Mr. Harp can be reached through his web site,

Photographers, please submit up to two (2) images.

  • Upon submission of the entry form, (see below) you will be redirected to a payment page.  Entries will not be accepted until payment is received.
  • Artists may submit up to TWO entries.
  • Digital image of artwork should be in jpeg format for each entry (1.4 MB maximum size allowed), submitted with Entry Form. 

Requirements for Art

  • Art to be hung on walls should be dry and securely wired for hanging. Works on paper should be framed behind glass or plexiglass. Unframed works of fine art, e.g. paintings on canvas, are accepted if appropriately wired for hanging.
  • Reproductions such as giclees are not accepted.
  • Lithographs, etchings and other printmaking works of art should be created by the artist, numbered and signed.
  • Photographic prints, digital and film, should be printed from the artists’ negative or digital file, ideally by or under the direction of the artist, and signed.
  • Works of art requiring special or unusual display structures should be submitted along with the structure for display.
  • Work should not have previously been shown in Chestertown.

Artist’s Agreement

  • Artists submitting work will be asked to sign a contract at the time of submission giving permission for the work to remain at the gallery until the end of the show unless special circumstances warrant otherwise.
  • All work must be for sale. A 35% commission is taken by RiverArts for all sales.
  • Artists pay hanging fees of $10 per piece of art if a member and $20 per piece if not a member.
  • Artists submitting work must pick up (or arrange with a friend to pick up) art at the end of the show during the checkout dates and times. RiverArts does not have adequate storage space to protect art.
  • All work sent to RiverArts via USPS, UPS or another carrier must have a prepaid return label included.



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