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Snapshot: 2014 – Ames Area Photography Contest



The deadline has been extended to May 1 by midnight!


Roger Baer, Professor of Graphic Design at Iowa State University and award winning landscape photographer.


All works chosen by the juror will be exhibited in the Octagon Center for the Arts’ Main and Sweeney Galleries, June 7 – July 12, 2014. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 6, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Cash awards will be presented at the opening reception at 6pm for First Place ($100), Second ($75), Third ($50), and two Honorable Mentions ($25 each).

2014 Schedule

  • Deadline: EXTENDED TO MAY 1 by midnight
  • May 7 – Notifications of Acceptance
  • May 19 – Drop off work
  • June 7 to July 12 – Open to the public
  • June 6 – Opening Reception
  • July 17 – Local Pick up

Application Forms

Enter using the online entry form or by sending in the paper entry form:

The Fine Print

Eligible​ Photography

Photographers applying for Snapshot:2014 must live within 100 miles of Ames, IA, and be 16 years of age or older. Images in any photographic process (alternative processes, digital, digital manipulations, film, etc.) and any subject (world travels, landscape, portraiture, documentary, still life, nature, sports, etc.) are eligible for submission. Only original works completed after January 1, 2013, and not previously exhibited at the Octagon Center for the Arts are eligible. Works must be no larger than 36” on any side. All works must be framed and have hanging wire installed – no sawtooth hangers or alternative mounting hardware.

Entry Fees

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20 ($15 for members and students) for the Octagon Center for the Arts’ Snapshot:2014 Exhibit. For $20, artists may submit 1, 2 or 3 artworks. Payment is accepted by check or by credit card via online form or in person at Octagon Gallery Shop.

Online Entry

  1. Fill out online entry form
  2. Upload images using the form. Image files must be titled: ​Lastname_Firstname_EntryTitle_entry#.jpg
  3. Pay by credit card via online form OR by mailing in a check. Make checks payable to Octagon Center for the Arts and write your name and “Snapshot 2014” in the memo field.

Mail Entry

  1. Fill out completed printed brochure. (PDF)
  2. Make checks payable to Octagon Center for the Arts and write your name and “Snapshot 2014” in the memo field.
  3. Include images of artwork in digital format on a compact disc. Compact discs should be labeled with name of artist and title of artwork. Entries will not be returned to the artists. Image files must be titled: Lastname_Firstname_EntryTitle_entry#.jpg

Shipment and Delivery

Hand-deliveries will be accepted May 19, 8am – 5pm. Shipping artwork to and from the Octagon Center for the Arts is the responsibility of the artist. All shipping must be prepaid. Artist may use his/her own shipping company preferences, and is responsible for scheduling delivery and pick up of work. Works must be labeled with title and artist’s name. Shipping cartons must be reusable and within shipping guidelines. Late or damaged works will not be exhibited.

Liability and Sales

Receipt of the completed form constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in this prospectus. The Octagon Center for the Arts will provide insurance for the artworks while on site for 60% of sale price. It is the responsibility of the artist to provide all shipping costs and insurance on works during shipment. Consent to reproduce works photographically will be assumed to be granted unless specifically reserved in writing. The Octagon retains 40% sales commission on all works sold during the course of the exhibition and a 20% commission on all custom works facilitated by the Octagon.

Return of Work

Exhibited hand-delivered work must be picked up on July 17, 8am – 5pm, unless other arrangements are made. Shipped works will be crated and ready for shipping by July 19. It is the responsibility of the artist to provide postage and insurance to and from the exhibit, and to schedule delivery and pick up of the work. Nothing may be shipped Cash on Delivery. Any work left at the Octagon Center for the Arts after August 1, 2014 will be assumed a donation for the Silent Art Auction Fundraiser held in November.


Octagon Center for the Arts
427 Douglas Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.5331 #221

Photography Workshop: Beyond a Snapshot: the Art of Building and Creating Fine Photographs


River Action and the Figge Art Museum are co-sponsoring a workshop for photographers of all skill levels who are interested in exploring ways to improve the quality of their photos. The workshop, Beyond a Snapshot: the Art of Building and Creating Fine Photographs, will be held on Saturday, March 8th at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801. The workshop will begin at 12:45p and conclude at 4:30p. [REGISTER | Download PDF Flyer]

Internationally acclaimed photographer, Joel Sartore, has stated that there are three essential ingredients needed to make a quality photograph–light, composition, and an interesting story. A talented panel will address these various issues in an afternoon of brisk, lively sessions.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that many of the world’s renown photographers, both past and present, have cut their professional teeth as photojournalists. Day in and day out they were developing and refining their skill in taking pictures that tell a story.

Two of the presenters are professional photojournalists who have treated us all to quality photographs. Todd Mizener of The Dispatch/ Argus and John Schultz of the Quad City Times both received academic degrees from the University of Iowa. They will talk about the process that they each have developed as they daily meet their professional challenges of taking pictures that tell us something or show us something. They have developed the skill to take great pictures, not mere snapshots, while shooting under the demands of time pressure.

Photographic giant Henri Cartier Bresson said, “Composition should be a constant preoccupation-an organic coordination of visual elements.” Two respected teachers from our region will make presentations concerning the various building blocks for constructing pictures that are strongly composed. Robyn Smith is a Fine Arts Instructor with EICC. She is an artist specializing in painting and printmaking. Roxanne Westphal teaches digital photography with the Davenport school system. She is a fine art photographer.

Robyn and Roxanne will offer insights to various tools to consider as you compose photos that communicate its message clearly and effectively.

This time is one where some significant innovations to camera technology are reaching the consumer marketplace. Ted Doty the manager of Camera Corner, will lead a show and tell to get us up to speed about new and exciting products that expand our photographic opportunities.

Brian Tugana minored in art at the University of Chicago and had instruction from instructors from the Art Institute of Chicago. He will share some of themes both good and bad that he has observed in the seven years he has participated in the Valley Bank Calendar Project.

The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for presenters and participants to network socialize, and swap insights.

The workshop is free. Reservations are required due to limited seating. To reserve a spot, register on the River Action website www.RiverAction.org, send an email to riveraction@riveraction.org, or call River Action at 563-322-2969.

Photographer Jason Matias Visiting Iowa from mid-March to mid-April 2014


Photographer Jason Matias of Hawaii will be in Iowa for about a month starting in mid-March 2014, and is interested in connecting with local photographers. In 2013, Jason Matias was recognized as the RAW Honolulu Photographer of the Year. His website and Facebook page showcase some of his work. For 2013, Jason created a Top Ten Photos of 2013 gallery of photos along with “the making of” videos showing his technique and methods.

Here’s a personal note from Jason Matias to those in Iowa who might be interested in meeting, visiting, and possibly collaborating. Those interested, can contact Jason directly.

Update: “My trip to Iowa is set. In staying in a cabin in Huntsville from March15-April13. It’s a ways from Iowa City but I can travel.” (14 February 2014)

Aloha all. I’m going to be in Iowa for about a month started mid March. If anyone is interested in shooting, collaborating, workshops, Photo Shop, Let me know! I definitely want to capture the spirit of Iowa. ~ Jason (28 January 2014)


The video below provides an introduction to Jason and his work.

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Learn More…

Here’s an inspiring Facebook post from Jason about his current experience with photography.

“I used to call myself an “adventurist.” When I was in the Air Force in Alaska I would take myself on long back country hikes and come home with great stores and no proof; so I purchased a camera.

Fast forward eight years and I am a civilian living in Hawaii pressed by the technical barriers of my Canon G12. I finally take the plunge and invest in a ‘real’ camera.

Finally, I have the opportunity to capture light in the way I have been imagining it.

Since November last year I have found that the boundaries of what I considered plausible have become benchmarks in a developing portfolio I dare to call my career.

My goal is to become both a gallery artist and a commercial photographer like a combination of Peter Lik and Eric Alamas.

I want to capture beauty, create beauty, and inspire beauty. I want to captivate, and engage; to learn, teach and learn from teaching. I think that these qualities are what professionals and a leaders aspire to and develop for.

I also think that these are the values I have towed with me since adopting the core values of the Air Force, specifically “Excellence In All We Do.”

I deeply appreciate this opportunity to work hard on this dream and am grateful that you have spent a few moments to read about me.

Jason (18 January 2014)

University of Iowa Photography Club Meetings & Events for Spring 2014


The following announcement is from Xiang Chen of the UIPC.

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25 January 2014


Hope you guys enjoyed your first week of school! Photography club will be starting up very soon. Please vote on regular meeting times for this semester. Meetings generally run for 1 hour. Be sure to click show all options on the poll, and please select all times that you can attend! The specific dates are only applicable to the first meeting and subsequent meetings will be run on a bi-weekly schedule.


The first meeting time will be decided by the poll above. During this meeting, we will breifly introduce the club and then move on small group discussions on works of photography. This will be casual discussion and will let you get to know a few of the members! If you want to share your work as well, please send photos to uiphotoclub@gmail.com ASAP so we can get them printed.

We will also send out a survey soon to get some feedback and ideas for the club.

Finally we have a few photographer requests coming up! If you’re at all interested, please contact me and we’ll get a group organized to go shoot together! These are welcome to photographers of all levels and will let you find out what it’s like to shoot at events. I will likely attend both events.



What do you think about Service Projects?


Greetings Photo Friends,

I’ve been thinking about the idea of building a more connected community among local photographers. I’m wondering if we could combine some of the future meetings with a service project.

The idea would be that we could meet and visit as we always have, but work on some project to support a photographer in the group, or provide some service to the community, such as a workshop with several photographers presenting.

If there’s a photographer in the group needing help, either with something photography related, technical support, web/promotion support, or maybe something unrelated, we could support them (like the Amish barn raising concept).

Use the form below to share your ideas on the topic.


Sandra Dyas Photography Exhibit and Lecture, January 17, 6 p.m., Wriston Art Center


Sandra Dyas: my eyes are not shut


Sandra Dyas is a visual artist and a Lecturer in the Art Department at Cornell College. She received her MFA in Intermedia at the University of Iowa in 1998. Her first book of photographs entitled “Down to the River; Portraits of Iowa Musicians” was published by the University of Iowa Press in June 2007. Sandra has two daughters and lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Drawn to people and environments and especially light, my camera is a way of recording life as I see it. I strive to create a collaborative and authentic portrait of the ever-changing, strange and beautiful world we live in. This book is a collection of people, places and things I want to hold on to and remember.”


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We want to thank everyone who is helping spread the word about this event. Below are maps showing visitors to this page over just a few hours. We’ve seen global, national, and regional interest. Click any map below for a larger gallery view.

Photography Opportunity – Portraits of College Grads Needed!


Opportunity to work with student organization at the University of Iowa to photograph a group of graduating seniors.

Event Details

Group shoot: Sunday, May 11, 2014 in the afternoon (Approximately 1-2 hours of time at most) in Iowa City on the University of Iowa campus.


The photographer will be paid for their time. Please contact Courtney Rohde for more details to negotiate a contract.


Please contact Courtney ASAP, no later than Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12 PM.

Contact Details

Contact Courtney Rohde to apply:

  • Phone: 309-830-0038
  • Email: courtney-rohde@uiowa.edu

Bruce Thayer Photo Show “Emotions in Motion” at Body Moves Fitness

Real Dancers – Real Passion

  • 3000 Miles
  • 50 Nia Dancers
  • 12 Months
  • 3000 Images

Dates and Times

  • Saturday, 7 December 2013, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, 8 December 2013, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, 14 December 2013, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, 15 December 2013, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


  • Body Moves Fitness, 1801 2nd Street, Suite 250, 2nd Level Clock Tower Plaza, Coralville, Iowa 52241 [Map]

Poster / Flyer

Please download, email, and/or print and post the flyer of the event. You can click the image below for a larger view or download the PDF.


Free Presentation on Portrait Photography by Amy Rose

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Event Summary

Amy Rose Photography will be offering a presentation on portrait photography. This is a great opportunity to hear from one of our area’s best photographers. The event is free and open to the public. Thanks to the University of Iowa Photography Club for hosting and arranging the meeting.

Event Details

Event Topics

Amy Rose will speak on the following topics:

  • The path she took to become a professional photographer.
  • The difference of doing photography as an art vs business.
  • How to run a successful business and provide valuable insider information.
  • Posing, lighting, and various portrait techniques.

Afterwards, she has offered to to talk to members about anything such as: gear, image critique, business set-up, industry insider info, individual shooting lessons, etc.

Bill Adams Photography Presentation


An invitation from the University of Iowa Photography Club:

The next University of Iowa Photography Club meeting will be Monday, November 11, 6PM at the IMU Northwestern room. We will be hosting Bill Adams, a photojournalist who has traveled the world and shot for various magazines and newspapers. He will give a 45 min presentation on photojournalism.

Afterwards, we’ll be doing another photosharing session! I’m sure all of you have taken some great photos since the school started. Send in your favorite to uiphotoclub@gmail.com

Hope to see all of you there!


Thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about this event. Below is a visitor map showing visitors to this page so far. Hope to see you there. Click the map to enlarge.


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