The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to host its annual
Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE)
April 2-24, 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 38 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 2-24, 2021.

The Call

The 2021 call for entry is now open and entries are accepted through Call for Entry, an online entry platform. First-time users will be required to create an account with log-in information for future notifications.

Entries are $30.00 for the first two (2) entries and an additional $15.00 per entry up to six (6) maximum. The deadline to enter is February 12, 2021.

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

Best in Show: $1500

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:    $500

Meet the Juror

We are pleased to announce the juror for the 2021 ANPCE is  Audrey Sands, Ph.D., the Norton Family Assistant Curator of Photography for both the Phoenix Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography.

Having joined both organizations in 2019, Sands' work is the result of an interesting collaboration which began in 2006 when Mr. & Mrs. John R. Norton III donated funds to create the Museum’s Doris and John Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography and established a curatorial endowment to fund the Norton Family Assistant Curator of Photography. The institutions together represent two artistic powerhouses in the state.

Sands holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University, specializing in the history of photography, with a dissertation on the photographer Lisette Model (1901-1983). She received an M.A. in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in Art History from Barnard College.

Along with her impressive academic record, she has worked in curatorial departments at several art museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.



Martin and Gale Heavner
Sandi Saville
Doug and Betsey Schwab


Frank Fotia and Pat Hilton
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Bob and Chayo de Chevez


Donna Miller and James Guy
Mark and Sue Moessinger

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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