The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to host its 9th Annual
Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE)
April 1-22, 2023.

About the Show

The Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition is one of the Allegany Arts Council's signature events, now entering its ninth 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 also brought a new crop of members into the Allegany Arts Council and encouraged artists to support terrific art programs around the nation, regardless of where they reside.

The competition has always featured three categories, black and white (monochrome), color, and a third category which has continued to evolve. That category, Photography as Sculpture, is intended to seek the adventurous photographer looking to expand the traditional definitions of photography in new directions.

The show offers a diverse and wide-ranging look at the world of photography, exploring ever-changing themes found in nature, society, politics, and people.

The 9th Annual exhibition will run from April 1-22, 2023.  

The Call

The call for entries closed on Friday, February 10, 2023, and received 848 entries from photographers across the nation.


The 2023 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 Sculpture:
First Place: $1000

People’s Choice:

Meet the Juror

Todd J. Tubutis
Director, Art Museum of West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Todd J. Tubutis became director the Art Museum of West Virginia University in February 2019 after three years as associate director of the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and six years as executive director of Blue Sky Gallery, a nonprofit venue in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to international contemporary photography. He is also a former exhibition project director at the Field Museum in Chicago where he worked from 2001–2009. He has taught and conducted research in cultural and visual anthropology in the U.S., Canada, and Hungary, and has contributed articles and reviews to “Visual Anthropology,” “Exposure,” and “Time Out Chicago,” among other publications, and recently authored the foreword for artist Kyle Meyer’s monograph, “Interwoven,” published by Radius Books in 2020. Tubutis holds an MA in anthropology from the University of British Columbia and a BA in anthropology and museum studies from Beloit College.



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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
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Chayo de Chevez
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Mark Moessinger
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