The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to host its 10th Annual
Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE)
March 30-April 20, 2024.

About the Show

The Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition is one of the Allegany Arts Council's signature events, now entering its tenth anniversary year. Established in 2015, it began as a way to showcase photography talent in the region, but quickly grew into a nationally-recognized competition, and since has invited photographers from across the country, as well as an illustrious group of jurors, to take part.

Through its lifespan, the competition has drawn photographers from nearly every state, and has served as a model for other organizations seeking to develop programs of their own. It has raised the profile of a small Appalachian community and brought with it members from across the country, who support terrific art programs regardless of where they live.

The competition has always featured three categories, black and white (monochrome), color, and a third which has continued to evolve. In 2024, we will introduce Photography as a 3-D Art Form and are excited to see what creative photographers do with additional dimension.

For our 1oth anniversary, cash prizes are increasing to $7,500 and look for additional programs and social events. We will also be producing a limited-edition catalog featuring the winners of our previous contests, recollections of our jurors, and more information about the show.

The 10th Annual exhibition will run from March 30-April 20, 2024.

The Call

The call for entry is now closed - more than 800 entries were received in this year's competition with only 61 photographers juried into the show, representing the steep competition which takes place in the jurying process annually. In 2024, photographers from 21 states are represented.


The 2024 program sees an increase in prizes awarded in several categories:

Best in Show:

First Place: $1000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250

First Place: $1000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250

Photography as a 3-D Art Form:
First Place: $1000

People’s Choice:

Meet the Juror

Sarah Stolfa
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director
TILT: Institute for the Contemporary Image
Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Stolfa is the Founder, Chief Executive Oficer, and Artistic Director of TILT: Institute for the Contemporary Image (formerly the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center). Stolfa founded TILT in 2009 to address the needs of working artists in Philadelphia, which included exhibition space for contemporary media-based artists and access to a comprehensive digital lab.

Stolfa has an MFA in photography from Yale University School of Art and a BFA in photography from Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Stolfa is an artist and educator with a broad range of experience in education, curatorial work, program development, administrative oversight and digital lab creation and management. She has participated in countless group and solo shows and her work is collected both publicly and privately.

Stolfa has served as an instructor at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Drexel University, and PPAC, and is currently a Lecturer in Photography at the University of Pennsylvania.



Martin & Gale Heavner
Doug Schwab & Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab


Estate of James Buck


Carl & Jane Belt
Boggs & Company Wealth Management
Tim & Marlee Gabriele
Kim & Marion Leonard
RBC Wealth Management
Sandi Saville
Dave & Amy Snyder
Vibrant Image Productions, Dave & Meg Romero


Robert & Chayo de Chevez
Jeff & Shelly Dilks
Huber, Michaels & Company
Jim Guy & Donna Miller
Mark & Sue Moessinger
John Short & Clara Porcello
Gary Phillips & Ann Townsell


Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A.
Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation
Dale & Lynn Lazar
Opposite Genders Hair Salon
Jack & Linda Parsons
Mary Beth Pirolozzi
Michael Hunter Thompson

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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, Co-Chair
Michael Hunter Thompson, Co-Chair
Penny Knobel-Besa
Chayo de Chevez
Robert Hein
Darrin Isom
Mark Moessinger
Chris Mulett
Janelle Muletz
Clara Porcello
Dave Romero
Doug Schwab
Ann Townsell