The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to host its annual
Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE)
April 3-24, 2021.

About the Show

The Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition is one of the Allegany Arts Council's signature events, now entering its seventh year. Established in 2015, it began as a way to showcase photography talent in the region, but quickly grew into a nationally-recognized show.

Each year, the competition has continued to grow, reaching nearly 1000 entries nationwide from photographers representing 41 states. Today, the show serves as a model for other organizations seeking to develop programs of their own.

Typically, the competition features three categories: black and white (monochrome), color, and a third category, which has ranged from experimental to photography as sculpture.  This wild card category always brings depth and interest to the exhibition. The show itself offers a diverse and wide-ranging look at the world of photography, including street photography, portraiture, landscape and still life, fine art and many other styles and techniques.

The exhibition will run from April 3-24, 2021. To view the exhibition online, visit our digital gallery.

The Call

The Call for the 2021 ANPCE is now closed.


The 2021 program will offer $5,000 in awards in the following categories:

Best in Show:

First Place: $800
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100

First Place: $800
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100

Photography as Sculpture
First Place: $1200

People's Choice:

Meet the Juror

Karen Irvine
Chief Curator & Deputy Director
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago

Karen Irvine is Chief Curator & Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over forty five exhibitions of contemporary photography, at the MoCP and other venues including the Hyde Park Art Center; Rockford Art Museum; Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea, and the New York Photo Festival.

Irvine has contributed texts to many publications including FOAM, Art on Paper and Contemporary magazines and monographs including Ann Lislegaard: Eyes Wide Open (The Royal Museum of Photography, Copenhagen); Paula McCartney: Non-flights of Fancy (Princeton Architectural Press); Barbara Probst: Exposures (Steidl); Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson (MACK), and Stefan Heyne Speak to Me (Hatje Cantz), amongst others. She has a BA in French and International Relations from Tufts University, Medford, MA, an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.



The Larry Boggs Family
Tom and Mary Kay Finan
Martin and Gale Heavner
Sandi Saville
Doug and Betsey Schwab


Keith Broome and Ben Osten
Frank Fotia and Pat Hilton
Tim and Marlee Gabriele
Grow West, MD, LLC
Ray and Brenda Morriss
RBC Wealth Management
David and Amy Snyder


Alan and Sue Arnson
Bob and Chayo de Chevez
Vic Rezendez & John Minnich
Dave and Meg Romero
John Short & Clara Porcello


Evergreen Heritage Center
Donna Miller and James Guy
Mark and Sue Moessinger
Chris Sloan and Christina Elson
John and Janet Wunderlick

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Our Team

The Photography Committee of the Allegany Arts Council, chaired by Martin Heavner, champion this competition annually, securing important sponsorship funding, giving their expertise, time and energy to making this one of the signature events of our year.

Thank you to the Photography Committee for all you do to make us a success!

Martin Heavner, Chair
Penny Knobel-Besa
Chayo de Chevez
Frank Fotia
Robert Hein
Darrin Isom
Mark Moessinger
Clara Porcello
Dave Romero
Sandi Saville
Doug Schwab
Michael Hunter Thompson
Ann Townsell