National photographic competition and exhibition

2017 Juror

Örjan Henriksson


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. 28, 2016.

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.

2017 competition results

Juror: Örjan Henriksson

1st place award

Chauncey Huffman

Weir, KS

  • Patriarch


    Medium Format Digital, Macro Lens, Gridded Studio Strobe, Post Processing

    20 x 16

2nd place award

Thao Nguyen

joplin, MO

  • Little fingers at the door

    Little fingers at the door

    digital capture

    32 x 24

3rd place award

Ron Erwin

Joplin, MO

  • games


    digital capture

    24 x 32

Merit award

Elizabeth Panzer

Accord, NY

  • Cabbage Op. 5

    Cabbage Op. 5

    Archival Pigment Print

    21" x 30"

Merit award

Sandra Chen Weinstein

Lake Forest, CA

  • Anna #1

    Anna #1

    Giclee Print

    18" x 24"

Merit award

Emily Sloan

Kansas City, MO

  • Net


    Digital Archival Print

    15" x 20"

Honorable mention

Linda Ralston

Joplin, MO

  • Vacancy


    Digital Photography

    16 x 24

Honorable mention

Koral Martin

Carthage, MO

  • Trails End

    Trails End

    Baryta Print of Digital Photo

    20 x 24

Honorable mention

Geoffrey Parker

Saint Charles, MO

  • Dune


    Inkjet Print

    20 x 20