The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to host its annual
Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE)
June 27-July 18, 2020.
In 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis impacting our nation, the ANPCE will go virtual for the first time, celebrating the work of more than 60 artists invited to participate.

About the Show

The ANPCE was established in 2015 as a way to showcase the talent and artistry of a growing group of photographers and enthusiasts in our region. The popularity of the show attracted talent from across Maryland and its surrounding areas, and eventually, the show was made available to a national audience.

Now in its sixth year, the ANPCE has continued to grow, both with artists who enter the show and those who come to view it year after year. In 2020, the show received more than 800 entries, representing photographers from all corners of the U.S., and the show draws an increasingly diverse array of talent.

This year's competition and exhibition will feature more than 70 photographs in three categories: monochrome (black and white), color, and photography as sculpture, a new category in 2020 which seeks to push the boundaries of what is considered traditional photography practice. The goal of the show is to offer 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 June 27-July 18, 2020.

The Call

The call for the 6th Annual ANPCE is now closed. New calls are generally available in December/January and announcements will be made to previous entrants.

If you’d like to receive additional information about future calls for entry, please e-mail us.


The 2020 ANPCE will offer more than $5000 in prize money in the following categories:

Best in Show:


People’s Choice:



1st Place: $800
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $100


1st Place: $800
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $100

Photography as Sculpture:

1st Place: $1200

Artists’ Choice:


Meet the Juror

We are pleased to announce the juror for the 2020 ANPCE is Brownie Harris, acclaimed national photographer, and native of Cumberland, Maryland.

Whether photographing the luminaries of our time or ordinary people at work in factories and on farms, Harris has always remained focused on telling the story of his subjects.

After receiving his BFA in Communication Arts & Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, Harris headed to New York City, where he spent time driving a taxi, painting lofts, and working as a photo assistant. He landed a job as Graphic Designer for the Educational Broadcasting Corporation and soon after, at 22, created the photography department for the New York City PBS affiliate.

Since then, Harris’ portfolio has vastly grown to include portraiture, architectural photography, work for television and film production, and lifestyle and travel photography on location around the world.

For more than 40 years, Harris has traveled on assignment, creating iconic portraitures of John F. Kennedy, Jr., Carly Simon, Stephen King and Paul Newman; doing photography work for film and prime-time television productions, including Sleepy Hollow, Revolution and most recently, The Act, a Hulu original series.

After spending years living in New York and Paris, Harris today calls Wilmington, North Carolina, home.



Sandi Saville
Doug Schwab & Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab
Martin & Gale Heavner


Tom & Mary Kay Finan
Sam & Pam Griffith
Frank Fotia & Patricia Hilton
Al & Dr. Diane Romaine
Dave & Meg Romero
Eaton-Young Furniture


Allegany Media
Chayo & Robert de Chevez
Mayor Raymond & Brenda Morriss
Dr. Richard & Sherry Schmitt
John Short & Clara Porcello


Adams Family Funeral Home
Janice Keene
Mark & Sue Moessinger
Opposite Genders Salon
Jack & Linda Parsons
Ann Townsell & Gary Phillips

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Our Team

The Photography Committee of the Allegany Arts Council, chaired by Martin Heavner and Sandi Saville, 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 and Sandi Saville:

Penny Knobel-Besa
Chayo de Chevez
Frank Fotia
Robert Hein
Darrin Isom
Mark Moessinger
Clara Porcello
Dave Romero
Doug Schwab
Chris Sloan
Michael Hunter Thompson
Ann Townsell