National photographic competition and exhibition

2016 Juror

Sean Kernan

Photographer, author, educator

Sponsored by Freeman Health System.

Hosted annually by Spiva Center for the Arts, the competition is open to all amateur and professional U. S. photographers.

Established in 1977, PhotoSpiva is now the longest-running competition of its kind.

Online entry begins near the end of this year

Competition starts

End of the year



$40 for five photos, extra photos $10 each.


Place Value
1st $1,000
2nd $750
3rd $500
Merit award (3) $150
Honorable mention (3) $100


PhotoSpiva is open to any amateur or professional photographer in the United States or its territories. Submitted images must be the photographer’s own work, and it is the sole responsibility of the photographer to obtain written releases from any recognizable person(s) depicted. Two-dimensional work derived from any photographic process — traditional, digital, or photo-based mixed media — is eligible as long as the work is original and has never been exhibited at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Three–dimensional work is not eligible for this competition and exhibition.

Entry fee

A $40 fee is required to enter up to five (5) photos. If you wish to submit more than five images, each additional entry is $10.

How do I enter?

Return to this site on Oct. 30, 2015.

You’ll be able to enter online.

What do I need to enter?

The images need to be JPEG formatted and in RGB color mode. You aren’t required to give us a specifically sized image, but a good guideline is to make either the width or the height about 1600 pixels and maintain the aspect ratio.

2016 competition results

Juror: Sean Kernan

1st place award

Gloria Feinstein

Kansas City, MO

  • Banana Leaf, Kajjansi, Uganda

    Banana Leaf, Kajjansi, Uganda

    archival inkjet print

    18" x 13"

2nd place award

Robert Moran

Bar Harbor, ME

  • Earl


    Digital capture; archival pigment print

    12 x 12

  • Daughter of a Slave, Timbuktu, West Africa

    Daughter of a Slave, Timbuktu, West Africa

    Digital capture; archival pigment print

    12 x 12

3rd place award

Paul Rose

Hillsboro, NM

  • Manifestations of my dreams

    Manifestations of my dreams


    21 x 29

Merit award

Andrea and Sarah-Marie Land

Saint Louis, MO

  • Untitled, Salaryman #1

    Untitled, Salaryman #1

    Archival digital print

    24 x 18

Merit award

Jason Fowler

Vernon Hills , IL

  • Daily Grind

    Daily Grind

    Digital Photoraphy

    8 x 10

Merit award

Steven Romeo

Birmingham, AL

  • Capable.


    Subject was asked "What word best describes you and informs your queerness?" Powder paint was applied by the artist.

    30" x 20"

Honorable mention

James Alumbaugh

Carl Junction, MO

  • Night Traveler

    Night Traveler

    Digital Archival Print

    10 x 15

Honorable mention

Mike Callaghan

San Francisco, CA

  • fatalistic soberness, which eventually loses its power through undiluted repetition. Mr.

    fatalistic soberness, which eventually loses its power through undiluted repetition. Mr.

    Photo Collage

    20 x 15

Honorable mention

Sandra Chen Weinstein

Lake Forest, CA

  • Molly


    Giclee Print

    20 x 20