The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to host its annual
Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE)
April 2-23, 2022.

About the Show

The Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition is one of the Allegany Arts Council's signature events, now entering its eighth 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 8th Annual exhibition will run from April 2-23, 2022.. 

The Call

The call for entry for each year's competition generally opens in December/January. All entries are submitted through CAFE, located at  If you'd like to be added to our distribution list for future updates, please contact Deb Litman, Communications Manager, at


The 2021 program offered $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

David Oresick
Executive Director and Chief Curator, Silver Eye Center for Photography
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David Oresick is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Silver Eye Center for Photography, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Silver Eye promotes the power of contemporary photography as a fine art medium by creating original exhibitions, unique educational programing, and a space for artists to learn, create, and connect through our digital lab. Silver Eye’s programs are dedicated to supporting the work of emerging, mid-career, and under-recognized artists and sharing that work with our diverse audience in engaging and meaningful ways.

David holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He also teaches the history of photography at Carnegie Mellon University. David has curated dozens of exhibitions at Silver Eye and he was a co-founder of the screening series Video Playlist at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and he was the Lab Manager of Light Work in Syracuse, NY.



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
Ann Townsell