Invited Artists

In 2022, 71 artists were selected for inclusion in the competition - congratulations to each of them!

The call for entry will close on February 10, 2023, and our 2023 invited class will be posted.

Linda Agar-Hendrix
Ijamsville, MD

Originally from New England, Linda lived and worked in France before eventually moving to Maryland over 30 years ago. Her exhibitions have focused on both ceramic sculpture and photography. Travel to Maine among a variety of other places has provided visual images, mainly abstract, which have inspired her ceramic sculptures, photographs, and photo transfers. The piece in this show utilizes all of these modalities. A digital photograph was transferred onto a carved terra-cotta sculpture/tile with incised indentations highlighted with acrylic.

Eliot Allen
Portland, OR

Eliot Allen is an urban planner and photographer living in Portland Oregon, where he first worked as a photographer’s assistant at Photo-Art Studios. He is a member of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California; and Blue Sky, Oregon’s photographic arts center in Portland. His work has been shown at galleries nationally.

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Norman Aragones
San Jose, CA

The main paradigm in Norman Aragones' photographic art revolves around the concept of depth (having some level of meaning within the photo and thus attempting to elicit a viewer's reaction through deliberate imagery). His hope is that the viewer comes away with some feeling, idea, and/or perspective from seeing his photo(s). The techniques he uses in creating photographic images are not something specific. He just tries to work diligently in creating something in particular that he had envisioned previously in his mind's eye.

Darin Back
Cocoa Beach, FL

Darin Back is a professional photographer who started his career as an assistant; working with Annie Leibovitz, Greg Gorman, Dewey Nicks, and Wayne Maser, and living in Los Angeles and New York. He has spent most of his career shooting portraits for national editorial magazines including; Time, Newsweek, Bloomberg Business Week, Rolling Stone, Uncut Uk, Inc., plus way too many to mention. His current work, “East Coast Surfers" is being self-published on Amazon.

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Juliane Backmann
Los Angeles, CA

Juliane Backmann was born in Muenster, Germany. She studied photography at the Academy of Photo Design in Munich, and after graduating worked in Hamburg and Munich. Living in Los Angeles for quite some time now, she has been working on numerous fine art projects that include documenting urban landscapes as well as a number of portrait series. She utilizes different photographic approaches such as assemblage and collage and unconventional darkroom techniques. During the last decade, she has been creating video works as well. Her photographs, collages, and installations have been exhibited throughout the United States and Germany, and her video works have been screened and awarded at international film festivals. She was awarded a residency from the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy and won several awards from the APA and PX3.

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Richard Barvainis
Gettysburg, PA

Richard Barvainis is a professional astronomer recently retired from the US National Science Foundation, specializing in quasars and active galactic nuclei. His interest in photography began in the 1980s through his association with the artist community in Northampton, MA.

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Claude Beller
New York, NY

After spending 35 years producing and directing documentary films for public television and educational distribution, Claude Beller focused his creative talents on photography. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and he was recently chosen as one of 10 photographers to win the “Feature Shoot” International Street Photography Award. He lives in New York City with his wife Helen and dog Scarlett.

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Raymond Bonavida
Los Angeles, CA

Raymond Bonavida is an emerging artist who challenges us to reimagine our environment. Motivated by his interests in light, spacetime, and human perception, he incorporates expressive camera movement into long exposure photography, producing bold, visceral images. His acclaimed series Moondance presents unique photographic compositions that explore the beauty of our Moon through its inherent spacetime relationships with our planet. Since debuting in 2019, pieces from the Moondance series have been jury selected for over 20 exhibitions across the country.

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Robert Brooke
Cumberland, MD

Robert Brooke is a graphic artist, photographer, videographer, and musician.

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Amy Burke
Allentown, PA

Amy Burke is a Pennsylvania based artist working in analog photography. Her work is influenced by memory, storytelling, and play. Amy earned her BA in Photography from the Pennsylvania State University in 1998 and an MFA in Costume Design from the California Institute of the Arts in 2004. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally.

Sarah Butler
Philadelphia, PA
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Ash Margaret Cheatham
Spring, TX

Ash Margaret Cheatham is a photographer, entrepreneur, explorer, and mother. In her current concepts, she brings a new and often uncomfortable perspective to social issues that are commonly ignored or concealed. Ash Margaret’s work has gained an international audience through gallery exhibitions and publications spanning the United States, Hungary, United Kingdom and Canada. She has also recently been awarded 3rd place in the 5th edition Boynes Emerging Artist Awards.

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Ben Cricchi
Baltimore, MD

In his formative years, Ben’s experience was that of introversion and alienation from the values of 1980’s America. He found sanctuary in art and individual expression, and this life direction was fostered by various teachers in his hometown of Catonsville, Maryland. His medium at the beginning was analog: utilitarian films, papers and chemicals for proletarian subjects and landscapes. The work that he shows now is either a mixture of analog and digital or all digital in its process.

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Sandra Dalton
Westcliffe, CO

Sandra Dalton is a fine art photographer focusing on portraiture and pictures that tell a story. Growing up near metropolitan areas, she has chosen to live in small mountain towns for most of her adult life. She is best known for cat portraits, featuring feral and rescue cats, and her night photography.

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Kyna Damewood
Jersey City, NJ

Kyna Marie is a photographer whose primary focus is fine art portraiture and conceptual projects. Her work hints at the unusual through use of the environment, props, and careful planning. Evolving from quiet moments of introspection, Kyna builds dreamy vignettes in conjunction with elements of unease, intended to uncover the vulnerable experiences that connect us with each other and our surroundings.

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Donna Dangott
College Station, TX

Donna is recognized as an emerging American photographic and mixed media artist. She has exhibited her work extensively across the US and in Canada. The imaginative and sometimes haunting images she creates explore many different themes, but almost always incorporate elements of our natural world. The images range from realistic to the surreal, and they often blur the line between fact and fiction. Her award-winning imagery weaves together elements of our tangible external physical environment with our less tangible but equally relevant internal psychological realm. She received her BFA in Photography from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN in 1988. Her works reside in many private, public and corporate collections.

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Nanci & Allen Einstein
Bloomfield, MI

Nanci and Allen Einstein collaborate on photographs, translating what they see into a visual language and creating a new whole. Every day is a new adventure, and they relish the experience it brings.

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Emily Fisher
Bedford, NY

Emily has been in many juried photography exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. She was a finalist in the Click Magazine 2018 VOICE competition, and was published in the December 2020 issue of Marie Claire Hungary. Fisher was selected for the Soho Photo Gallery 2019 National Juried Competition, has three pieces in the permanent collection of the Henry H. Ferguson Museum, and was selected for a juried exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in 2019. In 2020, Emily was the winner of the ANPCE Artists’ Choice Award, a semi-finalist in the Head On Photo Awards, and won first place in “Unprecedented: Art Responds to 2020.” Emily’s photography and essay “American Road School” was featured in the Summer 2021 issue of Click Magazine and the September/October 2021 issue of Bedford & New Canaan Magazine. Fisher had her work on a billboard in New York City in August 2021 after winning the Global Billboard Project competition, and on the cover and in a 14-page spread in FotoNostrum Magazine.

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Peter Foiles
Frederick, MD

Foiles has actively pursued photography for over 50 years, starting out using a darkroom in his parent’s basement and serving as staff photographer for his high school yearbook. His subjects include natural and urban landscapes and the human figure and portraiture. He is always looking to find contrasting subject matter within the image that not everyone may see. He has had work exhibited in various local galleries over the years, including the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, ArtSpace Herndon, The SE Center for Photography, and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center.

Rheana Gardner
Cedar City, UT

Rheana Gardner is an Associate Professor of Photography and the 2022 recipient of the Board of Trustees Award of Excellence at Southern Utah University. She received an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University. Her work has been showcased in The Greater Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art exhibition at You·Zhang Art Museum, and the Worldwide Photography Biennial Exhibition at The Borges Cultural Center. She recently received 1st place in the Photography as Sculpture category of ANPCE and the Juror’s Award for the Utah Statewide Annual Exhibition 2021. Gardner’s work has been exhibited at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, SE Center for Photography, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, MPLS Photo Center, Kiernan Gallery, Soho Photo Gallery, PhotoPlace Gallery, AIR Gallery, Praxis Gallery, Image Flow Gallery and Renmin University of China among others.

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Lindsay Godin
Valdosta, GA

Lindsay Godin is a fine art documentary photographer and a 2018 University of Iowa MFA graduate of Studio Arts in Photography. Her work sheds awareness on contemporary American cultural norms and political values and how they affect American society on the macro scale. Lindsay’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and she was an award recipient for the PDN’s 2017 Photo Annual. Her work is also on permanent collection at the Albright-Knox Gallery in New York. Lindsay is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Design at Valdosta State University in Georgia.

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Terry Hastings
Cathedral City, CA

Terry works with photography as his base medium.  He is constantly searching for new ways to use photography and create images that inspire thought and beauty.

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Daniel Horowitz
Alexandria, VA

Daniel Horowitz is a landscape and urban photographer with training in photography from the Art League School, the Rhode Island School of Design, MassArt, and the Capital Photography Center. He is particularly drawn to nighttime images and the interplay of shape, light, and shadow.  At night he feels a sense of tranquility and purpose that is rarely there during the day. It is then he tries to grasp the essential form of an object or scene without all of the distractions that appear when everything is bustling and illuminated.

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Daniel Humphries-Russ
Sykesville, MD

Daniel Humphries-Russ is an award-winning artist with over 30 years of experience in architectural, industrial, commercial, and fine-art photography. Combining traditional techniques and current digital technology, Daniel creates original limited-edition archival pigment prints, and photo-based, multimedia fiber art, sculpture, installations, and video. Daniel has been teaching photography for more than 12 years and is an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and Carroll Community College.

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Don Jacobson
Portland, OR

Don Jacobson’s photographs have won numerous awards including best Urban Landscape Photographer 2015 and many 1st place awards. Issue #123 of Lenswork magazine published 46 images from the series "A Landscape Transformed" including the cover. The Sierra Club Engagement Calendar published one of his photographs and the Portland Japanese Garden's 2022 calendar will feature his photograph on the cover. B&W Magazine and All About Photo magazine have published portfolios of his work.

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Don James
Milton, DE

Don James is a photographer who finds inspiration in natural, industrial, and urban environments. His subjects include pieces of man-made structures, details of common objects, and fragments of nature continuously sculpted by the elements. He is self-taught, having been influenced by abstract photographs of Brett Weston, Aaron Siskind, and William Garnett, as well as images by Precisionist painters and photographers of the early twentieth century. Don’s photographs have appeared in solo and group exhibitions in many venues in the eastern US.

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Sidra Kaluszka
Radford, VA

Sidra Kaluszka is a multifaceted artist with a foundation in watercolor and ceramics. Her work has been published in regional, national, and international publications. Recently she has started exploring the world of photography through the use of cyanotypes. She employs her watercolor skills to apply and manipulate the acid solution to create a unique, dreamy, atmospheric environment.

Brian Kelley
Travelers Rest, SC

With a cross between fine art and documentary perspectives, Brian Kelley uses various processes of photography—black and white, Polaroid transfers, hand tinting, cyanotypes, gum printing, and digital—to reflect his subject matter. His work has been displayed in more than 70 exhibitions, and is part of the permanent collections at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History and the Spartanburg County Art in the Library Collection.

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Joshua Kelty
Cumberland, MD

Throughout his 25-year career in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, Joshua Kelty has had to look at the world through many different lenses and at every possible angle, in order to gain a better understanding of what is happening around him. Translating these observation skills to his photography, Joshua has been able to look beyond the surface, capturing interesting images in the least obvious places. Joshua is an avid globetrotter, having visited over a dozen countries across three separate continents, and it is his hope to continue to bring images from around the world to those who have not had the pleasure of traveling as extensively. Joshua is a California native, but has called Cumberland, Maryland home for almost 20 years, where he shares his life with his husband, Gregory, their two cats and a dog.

Cindy Konits
Owings Mills, MD

Cindy Konits’ lens-based projects explore complexities of family history and memory in the face of evolving technologies. With a BA in Psychology and Education and an Urban Planning Master’s degree, her first experiments with photography resulted in solo shows with National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for Humanities grants to the exhibiting institutions. She was awarded a full merit scholarship to the Maryland Institute College of Art MFA program, after which she became adjunct Associate Professor at Stevenson University, Maryland, teaching Photography and Video Art. In 2011, Konits began a full-time studio based practice. She has created documentary video that screened at film festivals world-wide, interactive CD-ROM for exhibition, and algorithmic generative art. In 2021, her work won a solo exhibition at PH21 Gallery, Hungary; first prize in The Photo Review Competition; and the Julia Cameron and Pollux Awards. Cindy Konits is represented by The Commotion Virtual Salon, Vancouver BC.

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Christianna Kreiss
Cleveland, OH

Originally from Germany, Christianna has lived in various parts of Europe before coming to New York City in 1996 and Pittsburgh in 1999, where she has completed a Certificate of Photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. She brings these experiences to her work as an artist and feels that visual art is way of communication, exploration and interaction. Christianna is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists. She recently relocated to Cleveland, OH.

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Amber Kresge
Ridgeley, WV

Amber Kresge is a landscape and still-life fine art photographer. She moved to the Cumberland area with her family in 2016 after her husband retired from the Air Force. She loves living in the mountains and enjoys hiking and photographing the local region accompanied by her protection team of German Shepherds. She regularly dabbles in numerous photography genres, but landscape and still-life remain her favorites.

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Annie Lasher
Cumberland, MD

Annie Lasher has been enjoying photography since the age of 10 when her Uncle Joe introduced her to an SLR camera. Although her favorite subjects have always been travel and urban landscapes, she began photographing culinary still life out of necessity during the Covid shutdown. She enjoys composition and light-painting techniques. She has had the pleasure of having her photographs hung in shows both locally and nationally.

Prescott Moore Lassman
Washington, DC

Although Prescott Moore Lassman typically focuses on black-and-white photography — somewhere between street and documentary — he also dabbles with abstract and minimalist genres and recently has been exploring color photography.  He is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and his work is in the permanent collection of D.C.’s City Hall Art Collection.  Prescott’s photographs have been exhibited widely in national and international art and photography exhibitions and also have been published in Black & White Magazine, SHOTS Magazine, The Sun Magazine, AAP Magazine, the Antietam Review, and the Washington Post.

Amélie Lavenant-Wink
Hagerstown, MD

Amélie Lavenant-Wink’s formative years were spent in Europe, surrounded by the classics in art, music, and general education. After receiving a BA in Communications back in the US, Lavenant-Wink worked in television for a few years before her career in the Public Health Service. During that time, she freelanced as a ‘social’ photographer, documenting retreats and more formal occasions such as the commemorative, and later memorial seminars for some of the ‘royalty’ of NIH. Her independent work, which she started showing in 2017, has been selected to appear in shows on both US coasts, and includes abstract, landscape, portrait, street, and nature themes gleaned from four continents and rendered in both color and B&W. She currently shoots digital, and more recently has enjoyed taking on a mirrorless camera, which these days, rarely leaves her side.

Dale Lazar
Pittsburgh, PA

As a photographer, Dale captures memories, many of which are published and shared on his Flickr website. His first solo show entitled The Israelite Samaritans and the Festival of Unleavened Bread; Photography by Dale Lazar, containing 42 photographs, took place in 2015 at the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh. When not depressing the shutter button, Dale owns H. Lazar & Son, Inc., a business that provides coin-operated amusements to businesses throughout southwestern PA. In 2012, he founded the Juke Box Memories Project, which provided jukeboxes to dementia units in nursing homes throughout the United States.

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Vilma Lazo
Hagerstown, MD
Patricia Littlefield
New Paltz, NY

Initially, Patricia Littlefield was involved with music but drifted into art while in college and ended up with a BA in Art. Since the 1970s, she and her husband have earned their livings as professional artists in various media showing in galleries and retail shows. Currently, she is working on using imaging software and her photos to create images that never existed except in her mind.

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Jillian Abir MacMaster
Frederick, MD

Jillian Abir MacMaster (she/her) is a Palestinian-American photographic artist from Frederick, Maryland. She holds a BFA in photography from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Her recent portraiture work explores the life of and relationship with her grandmother, touching on themes of family and immigration. MacMaster was the recipient of the 2022 Best in Show Award in the Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland.

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Dan McCormack
Accord, NY

Dan McCormack received his MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was in his thesis that he began to photograph the nude in 1969. He has continued by exploring diverse cameras, process and techniques for over fifty years. Dan has taught at Perdue University, Pratt Institute and SUNY New Paltz before he came to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY where he is currently head of the film photography program.

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Kinsey Mead
Fremont, CA

Kinsey is a self-taught photographer who transitioned from a career in mechanical engineering to the freedom and adventure-filled life of a photographer. She loves capturing the world as she travels and explores, and will happily make pictures of almost anything. While she loves photographing people, nature is where she feels most at home.

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Lyn Miller
Hanover, NH

Lyn Swett Miller is an emerging climate photographer happiest mucking around with the detritus of her life. While investigating compost, landfills, and other aspects of her material world, she creates visual meditations on the power of regeneration, transformation, and renewal. Miller has spent the past fifteen years trying to figure out what it takes for a suburban family of four to live sustainably. She is a founding member of the Sustainable Hanover Committee and has found a voice for her activism through photography. Over time, compost became her muse and metaphor, inspiring her to reframe her relationships to just about everything, including herself. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1965, Miller is a fine arts graduate from Harvard College with an MBA and a Masters in Teaching. She worked in media and education for eighteen years before committing full time to caring for family and home. Miller had her first solo show of her compost photographs in 2019 at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH and has been in a number of juried and group exhibitions in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Illinois.

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Charles Mintz
Cleveland, OH

Chuck studied photography at Maine Photographic Workshop, Parsons School of Design, International Center for Photography, Lakeland Community College, and Cuyahoga Community College. He has a BSEE from Purdue University and an MSEE from Cleveland State University. His work can be found in museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and private and corporate collections worldwide. Chuck was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2017 and 2015.

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Victor Mirontschuk
New York, NY

Victor A. Mirontschuk is an architect and photographer. He was one of three photographers of the award-winning book 2020 Unmasked. Victor’s work has been exhibited in the Allegany National Photography Exhibit, and in a two-person show at the Foley Gallery in New York, NY. His documentary series images won first place in 17th Pollux Awards and will be exhibited in Barcelona in October 2022.

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C E Morse
Cumberland Center, ME

C E Morse was born in Camden, Maine, attended The Maine Photo Workshops (now Maine Media College), and graduated with a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design after studying with Aaron Siskind.  A vintage auto enthusiast since a young age, he discovered unexpected beauty in the patinated surfaces to be found in vintage auto boneyards. Capturing abstract details of found objects is still the focus of his visual interest; he hunts for this wild art wherever he travels, making "silk purses from sow's ears".  His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in collections, both private & corporate.

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Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI

A Rhode Island native and extensive traveler, Paul's approach to photography and life is to remain open, trust his instincts, and discard labels that are divisive. He uses technology to increase his creative options and productivity but not to replace his vision and responsibility. Much of his efforts have focused on travel, event, and fine art photography. His work has been exhibited across the United States as well as in Spain, Greece, and Cuba. A firm believer in giving back to the community, he has served of several art association boards and has donated his skills to community projects in the United States and internationally.

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John Patrick Naughton
Staten Island, NY

John Patrick Naughton is an event & portrait photographer. Over the past thirty years his work has led him to meet and photograph some of the most fascinating people in today’s culture. John has photographed across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Southeast Asia.

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Jack Nevitt
Ashburn, VA
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Jenny Nordstrom
Washington, DC

Jenny Nordstrom is a fine art photographer who creates highly saturated, textured images with a painterly feel. She is obsessed with color, and this deeply influences her work. (Her favorite color is all of them!)  She particularly loves travel photography, but finds inspiration all around her, and firmly believes that even "ugly" can be fascinating and beautiful if you look at it the right way.  She has been featured in solo and group shows throughout the Washington DC region and beyond, and is a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Robert Oehl
Hudson, NY

After graduating from Michigan State University, Robert Oehl moved to New York City, eventually receiving his MFA in Photography and Printmaking from Pratt Institute.  Robert has shown his work in group and solo exhibitions at venues including The John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY; The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, UK; New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY; The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY; The Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT, and The Gallery at Marygrove College, Detroit MI.

Ed Palaszynski
Clarksburg, MD

Ed photographs the beautiful, unique and unseen. His photographic journey has led him into the areas of documentary, landscape and wildlife photography. Ed enjoys the print process and finds this aspect of photography most enjoyable as his concepts come to life in tangible form.

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Joe Papagoda
New Haven, CT

Joe Papagoda is a fine art photographer and painter. He attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since graduating, Joe has used his business savvy to make a full-time income from his art sales, and also works as an art curator. Joe's artworks, in addition to having a distinct style, are matched with an unmatched sense of mystery.

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Jonathan Pentz
Hagerstown, MD

Jonathan Pentz expresses his fascination with nature and physics through his photography.  Originally focused on landscapes, he also finds inspiration in dance and abstract photography.  Using his knowledge of light and composition he creates images that allow us to see the world in new and exciting ways.

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André Ramos-Woodard
Albuquerque, NM
Raised in the Southern states of Tennessee and Texas, André Ramos-Woodard (they/ them/ he/ him) is a contemporary artist who uses their work to emphasize the experiences of the underrepresented: celebrating the experience of marginalized peoples while accenting the repercussions of contemporary and historical discrimination. Working in a variety of media—including photography, text, and illustration—Ramos-Woodard creates collages that convey ideas of communal and personal identity, influenced by their direct experience with life as a queer African American. Focusing on Black liberation, queer justice, and the reality of mental health, Ramos-Woodard works to amplify repressed voices and bring power to the people. Ramos-Woodard received their BFA from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and their MFA at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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James Reeder
Brooklyn, NY

James Reeder earned a degree from Pacific Union College in CA. He has been included in dozens of exhibitions in New York and beyond. Recent exhibitions include Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York; Space 22 Gallery, Seoul; Galerie Binome, Paris; and solo exhibitions with Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal, and Lesley Heller Workspace, New York. Reeder has been published in Some Recent Findings, 2019, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, and Paper 02, Valentine Editions, 2021.

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James Richards
New York, NY

Richards is a photographer, sculptor, and papermaker who is interested in nature, decay, patterns, and anything that inspires a sense of magic and wonder. He uses experimental tools and unconventional media in his work to create an unreality that feels genuine.

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Sarah Salomon
Germantown, MD

Sarah Hood Salomon is a fine art photographer whose work challenges the definition of a photograph, explores its dimensions, and questions its ability to represent the ever-changing nature of the world in a two dimensional plane. Her award-winning images have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows across the country. She is a photography judge, curator, educator, and author. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in photography through Maine Media College. Sarah’ work is represented by the Multiple Exposures Gallery in Alexandria, VA.

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Libby Scott
Star Lake, WI

Libby Scott is a photographer, musician, and educator. She possesses a BA in horn performance and arts administration from University of Illinois and subsequently took photography courses at Palomar College in San Diego, CA and Santa Fe Workshops in Santa Fe, NM. In addition, she has taken workshops with notable photographers who include John Sexton; John Paul Caponigro, Sr; John Paul Caponigro, Jr; Huntington Witherall; Kim Weston; Sam Abell; and Dan Burkholder. Libby has received awards from Digital Art Guild in La Jolla, CA, the Del Mar Fair, and Photographer’s Forum. She was a finalist at the Northern National Art Competition in Rhinelander, WI, and has showcased her work at Etherton Gallery, in Tucson, AZ and the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, in Star Lake, WI. She was recently chosen as “Artist of the Month” at the Lake Lakes Center for the Arts. Libby shows her work in several galleries in the Northwoods of Wisconsin- plus teaches photography classes at LOLA Arts in Land O’ Lakes, the Warehouse Art Center in Eagle River and the Discovery Nature center in Manitowish Waters, WI.

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David Shuster
Smithsburg, MD

David Shuster earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Lighting Design and subsequently made an abrupt turn to pursue a career in higher education and non-profit social enterprise. As a result, he enjoys dabbling in photography and other artistic media as time allows. Often working by happenstance, his images capture fleeting moments of light and perspective that might otherwise pass by unnoticed. He believes that by sharing these images we are able to contemplate and broaden our understanding of the world in which we live.

Francesca Simonite
Milwaukee, WI

Francesca Simonite is a visual artist and educator. She possesses a BA in Studio Art, an MA in Teaching from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and an MFA in Photography from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been recognized by Photographer’s Forum, Trinity University, the School for International Training and RounTree Gallery. Francesca’s work has been exhibited in Texas, New York, Kentucky, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin and is included in the University Hospital Collection in San Antonio, Texas.

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Cody Steckman
Cumberland, MD

Very new to photography, Cody Steckman got his very first camera in January 2021. It was meant to take photos for his honeymoon later that year, but quickly developed into a hobby, and then a passion. Cody is drawn toward street photography, but enjoys landscape, architectural, and product photography as well. He is the owner of Cody Steckman Photo Co. Cody doesn’t take himself or his artwork too seriously, and hopes that shows in his work.

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Amy Stonebreaker
Oldtown, MD
Michael Hunter Thompson
Cumberland, MD

Michael Hunter Thompson has a BA from Frostburg State University in Graphic Design. He began experimenting with photography in 2011 using layering, texturing, and other manipulation techniques. His style has evolved, now mainly shooting at dusk/nightfall using a more cinematic approach. Thompson’s work has achieved acclaim at the local, state and national levels.

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John Verdi
Annapolis, MD

John Verdi has been a college teacher of liberal arts for over 45 years, devoting his time to reading books and discussing them with students at St. John’s College in Annapolis. About two years ago, he began to make photos, with the intention of learning how to see better what is around him. He is interested in the many forms that good photography can take, but limits himself to a few areas. In his more philosophical moods, he continues to struggle with the place of the photographed image in the world of art and in society as a whole.

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Raphael Warshaw
Gainesville, VA

Between 1969 and 1975, Raphael Warshaw worked as a news, editorial, and advertising photographer and had one-man photo shows in New York.  In 1976, faced with the need to support a new family, he became a medical researcher and for the next 40 years used photography primarily for record-keeping.  In 2011, Warshaw was admitted to George Mason University as an MFA candidate. He graduated in 2015, and once again considers himself a photographer.

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Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA

Sandra Chen Weinstein has received numerous distinguished awards, including first place in the Director’s Choice category of Center Awards; Reader’s Collection and international contest winner for National Geographic Magazine; first prize in the Open Category of the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards; first prize winner of the Robert Cornelius Portrait Award, and runner-up for the International Conservation Award in Culture. Her work has been featured on the covers and interior pages of European Photography, FotoMazgine Germany, and the American Photography archive book. Weinstein’s work is in several private collections, including that of the Gordon Parks Foundation.

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Jeff Wiles
Mechanicsburg, PA

Jeff Wiles’ edgy composites and “street” genre photographs have earned him numerous awards, exhibitions, and publication. Jeff’s work has been included in seven Pennsylvania “Art of the State” exhibitions; juried exhibits at the New York Center for Photographic Arts, NYC; Darkroom Gallery, Vermont; PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont; the Pennsylvania Center for Photography; the Southeast Center for Photography; the Midwest Center for Photography; “InVision” Juried Exhibition at the Banana Factory Arts Center, Bethlehem, Pa.; and the “FOCUS” juried photo exhibition at the Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, Md. He has received numerous awards and prizes in regional and international competitions. His photos have been published in Black & White Magazine, Street Photography Magazine, SHOTS Magazine, COLOR Magazine, Photographer’s Forum, AfterCapture, The Washington Post, and

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Yunqi Yang
New York, NY

Yunqi yang is a photographer, videographer, visual designer, and multidisciplinary artist. She received her MFA in Photo/Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. As an artist who cares about environmental issues and diversity, she wants to remind the viewer of the beauty of nature and to realize the unconscious and inseparable relationship between people, the natural environment, and technology.

Beamie Young
Dickerson, MD

An award winning photographer, Beamie Young has been creating photographs for the past 40 years. In the past, she shot on film and worked in the darkroom. Today, she loves using her digital camera and Adobe Photoshop. She enjoys capturing unique colors, patterns, textures, reflections, and light.

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