Call for Entry | Nocturne

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Due: August 12, 2015
Nocturne | Darkroom Gallery
Juror: Lance Keimig

Nighttime photography; delve into the darkest hours to uncover secrets and mysteries.

Photographers have long embraced the literary and artistic tradition of the night as theme and subject in their work. The romantic notions and sense of mystery associated with the night, and the transformation from the mundane world to the unknown provide ample material for photographers to explore through their work.

Tim Baskerville, founder of the night photography organization, The Nocturnes, has said, “Surrealism, the mystery of place, solitude, and a heightened sense of the nature of things – night photography seems a worthy vehicle, a ritual to express these themes.”

Juror, Lance Keimig states, “The night holds secrets- secrets that may engage our curiosity, shelter us, or frighten us. There are those who seek comfort in the night and those who recoil from it. Brave was the ancestor who stepped outside of the fire circle for he might never return. The interplay of light, shadow, and extremes of contrast heighten this uncertainty – and when the element of time is added in the form of long exposures, the Night Photograph is indeed a worthy vehicle to express these themes.”

Darkroom Gallery is calling for nighttime imagery that conveys mystery, surrealism, isolation, loneliness, and time/timelessness.


Darkroom Gallery – 12 Main Street Essex Junction, Vermont, USA

Fees: USD $24 for 4 images, $5 for each additional image

Eligibility: All photographers of all age and skill levels are welcome to submit.

Entrants must be at least 18 years old. If you are younger. you must have a parent or legal guardian make the submission for you.

All submitted photos must have been taken by the photographer making the entry. If you are a parent or legal guardian submitting for a minor, please make it clear who you are actually submitting for.

Images may not have been exhibited at the Darkroom Gallery within the last year.

All submissions must be made by digital files through upload on or sent via email to along with an application form. There is a $5.00 surcharge for email entries.

Images should be as large as possible but no larger than 1280 pixels on the longest side, type jpg – set to the highest quality. The color space should be set to sRGB. DPI is only relevant for output purposes and does not effect the stored size of the image. It can be set to any number, but if you must specify something go with 72 dpi.

Up to four images may be submitted for a non-refundable fee of $24 US for on-line submission and $29 for email submission. Additional images may be submitted for an additional $5 US per image.

Images must be received by midnight EST on the submission closing date for the exhibition you are submitting for.

Payment must be received by the close of submissions for the exhibit you are submitting for.

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All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.

Juror’s Choice receives a 30×48″ vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, and a free exhibition catalog.

Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.

People’s Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.

We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes.

Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.


Juror: Lance Keimig

Lance Keimig is best known for his night photographs, which are often made at the juncture of the built and natural environments. His book, Night Photography- Finding Your Way In The Dark was published by Focal Press in August of 2010, and has been translated into 6 languages. A revised and expanded second edition was published in July of 2015.

He has taught at the New England School of Photography in Boston since 2000, and has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Houston Center for Photography, and leads independent workshops across the country. Russell Brown, senior creative director for Adobe, said that Keimig may well be “one of the finest photography instructors on the planet.”

Keimig is a frequent speaker and workshop instructor for photographic events around the country. He has presented and taught at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, and was a featured speaker and workshop instructor at Estudio Brasil in Sa Paulo, Brazil. He has lectured and taught for the Scottish Photographers Association in Glasgow, The School of Visual Arts in NY, B&H Event Space, and The New England Camera Club Council among others.

Keimig continues to teach night photography and light painting workshops around the country, and also leads photo tours to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Cuba. His work has taken him to such far flung places as Zimbabwe where he did documentary photography for a medical mission, the Philippines to photograph a museum collection, and Japan where he photographed Buddhist temples. His photographs are held in numerous collections including The Art Complex Museum In Duxbury, MA, The Boston Athenaeum, The Boston Public Library, and the The Grace Museum in Abilene, TX.

Evaluation Criteria

Once submission for an exhibit closes, all entries are submitted to the Juror for that exhibit anonymously. The juror will not know the name of the photographer or if two photos were taken by the same photographer. Jurors are charged with selecting about 45 entries for display in the Darkroom Gallery, in Essex Jct. Vermont. Jurors have sole discretion as to their selections. Please do not attempt to contact jurors to influence their choices. Doing so will disqualify your entry. Our goal is to announce the selected entries for each exhibit within seven days of the submission close date. This will be by email and on the Darkroom Gallery web site.

Contact Information

Darkroom Gallery
12 Main St.
Essex Junction, VT 05452

P: 802.777.3686


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