Photography Call for Entry

Artosphere: Space
Photography Call for Entry

Walton Arts Center is conducting an open entry competition to select qualified photographs that support and complement Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival. 

Artosphere is a major regional arts initiative conceived to celebrate artists who are influenced by nature and help inspire us to live more sustainable lives.  Festival activities include dance performances, music concerts, theater for youth, a visual arts gallery exhibition and site-specific installation, outdoor concerts and arts-enriched trail hikes.  Events support the concepts of nature, sustainability and the celebration of our natural environment. 

The 2019 Artosphere Festival theme is Space - Space inspires wonder, imagination, and innovation - foundations of the arts. Programming during Artosphere will focus on the impact and influence of space on humanity, technology, and sustainability.  For festival description and history, see:

In addition to judging submissions on composition, originality, and technical excellence, we look for photos that will create variety in response to the 2019 theme.

Submission Requirements

Call Type: Exhibition
Eligibility: Statewide - Arkansas
Entry Fee (Includes 3 Entries): $30
Entry Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2019 by 11:59 pm (CST).

Open to all photographers in Arkansas. Work must be original art, not copied from published photos or works by other artists. No installations or sets of works to make one entry will be accepted.

All entries must be for sale. If a sale occurs during the course of the exhibition, Walton Arts Center will retain a 30% commission. Any purchasers of artwork will be responsible for pickup and delivery of purchased works. Any such delivery arrangements related to sales will be handled by Walton Arts Center.


Rebecca Drolen
Assistant Professor of Photography, University of Arkansas
Click here to learn about Rebecca

How to Submit

Entering is a TWO STEP process. Please read and follow the instructions below carefully.

Step 1: Registration and Payment

  1. Visit THIS LINK to register
  2. Enter all information including title of works and artist statement.
  3. Please pay your entry fee of $30, which allows for up to three photos.

Step 2: Submit Images – Please follow all six steps

  1. Size each image 1200 pixels on the long side at 72 dpi
  2. Please label digital photos with the subject matter and your name as follows: Subject-Photographer’s Firstname Lastname.jpg. For example: NightSky-JaneDoe.jpg
  3. Save each image as a jpg
  4. Please submit your images by emailing to
  5. In the subject line of your email please type “2019 ARTOSPHERE EXHIBITION ENTRY”
  6. In the body of the email, please list in this order:
    > Full Name
    > Number of Image attached
    > Email
    > Phone number

Guidelines for Eligible Photos

The main subject matter in your photo should be perfectly clear (unless using an obvious visual effect). Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Removal of dust, cropping, minor adjustments to color and contrast, etc. are acceptable.

Photos should be proportional to standard photo size — no panoramics, please.

Size each image 1200 pixels on the long side at 72 dpi.

Digital photos must be in a JPEG (.jpg) file format

Please label digital photos with the subject matter and your name as follows: Subject-Photographer’s Firstname Lastname.jpg. For example: NightSky-JaneDoe.jpg

Notification of Selection

Photographs will be selected by juror for exhibition in Walton Arts Center and across the Northwest Arkansas community from June 10 – June 29, 2019.

The juror will also select 3 photographs to be shared with the community for a Community Choice selection. The Community Choice selections will be eligible for voting via social media and in person via community events from June 1 – June 9, 2019.

All artists selected will be notified by May 3, 2019.

Selected artists are responsible for delivering to Walton Arts Center a printed, matted and framed reproduction of their chosen work by June 3, 2019. Walton Arts Center reserves the right to define the style of frame and the size of the finished work.

Winning photos will also be posted to the Walton Arts Center Blog in June, and an announcement of the winners will be included in the Walton Arts Center e-newsletter and social media.  Photographers may not announce or publicize their selection prior to Walton Arts Center’s announcement.

Photographer’s Rights

By submitting your photographs, you agree that Walton Arts Center:

  • Is under no obligation to publish your submission, and
  • May use your photographs, with proper credit given, in any marketing materials

By entering the call, you hereby grant to Walton Arts Center:

  • A nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and publicly display the photographs you submit to Walton Arts Center, and
  • The right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

WAC will not allow third parties to use photos without artist’s consent.