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WideOpen: Excellence in Photography

The inaugural WideOpen photo exhibition, which celebrates all forms of photography, is a collaboration between the SONY Corporation, Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and College of Fine Arts, and the Dairy Barn Arts Center. This international juried exhibition of photographic mastery originates in Athens, Ohio, a community that has a deep respect for the medium’s impact and its own storied history of photography excellence and innovation on an international stage.  WideOpen is open to amateur and professional photographers.

Submissions are now closed. NOTIFICATIONS OF ACCEPTANCE WERE SENT VIA EMAIL ON JULY 16, 2018. If you have questions contact 

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Molly Roberts is an award winning photography editor, consultant and photographer. With 25 years in the magazine and book publishing world, she has contributed to the look and content of award winning publications including the Washington Post Magazine, USA Weekend and Smithsonian Magazine print and web. Special Projects have included books such as “Picture This” by Tipper Gore, “Gods, Gold and Grandeur” by Paul Henry Walker and “The Outdoor America” series by National Geographic books. She has had the honor of being a juror for prestigious contests including POYi, Best of Photojournalism, Social Documentary Network and the National Magazine Awards. She has also participated in panel discussions and presentations about the current state of the photographic medium and the future of publishing at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Corcoran, Texas State University, PhotoNOLA and others. She has been an invited reviewer for Santa Fe Review, PhotoNOLA, Medium, The New York Times Review and Women Photojournalists of Washington. Roberts recently created a nonprofit organization with the dual goal of focusing attention on human rights issues in America and creating new audiences for important nonfiction photography projects on these subjects.

Brooke Shaden explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears. After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay. Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see whom her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes and experience into a representation of one's potential. While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer. Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

Brian Smith For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ. His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year competition.
His books include: Art & Soul, photographed in partnership with The Creative Coalition and Sony, pairs Smith’s iconic portraits of celebrities from film, television, stage and music with their personal messages about the importance of funding the arts. Secrets of Great Portrait Photography shares his stories from his last 30 years photographing portraits of the famous and infamous; and Sony A7 Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots.
Brian Smith’s work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress, American Museum of Natural History, Aperture Gallery, Chelsea Art Museum and the W Los Angeles. He’s appeared on The X Factor, Israel Channel One and Fine Living Network. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize, American Photography, Communication Arts Photography Awards, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism, One Eyeland People Photographer of the Year, American Photo magazine’s New Faces in Photography, AltPick Awards and Photo District News Awards.
He’s a Sony Artisan of Imagery, Profoto Legend of Light and X-Rite Master Coloratti. His work has been featured on the covers of the Photo District News and Professional Photographer and in Communication Arts, After/Capture, American Photo, Popular Photography, Digital Photo Pro, Emerging Photographer, Inside Edge, PDN and Rangefinder magazines. His photography assignments have taken him to six continents racking up four million air miles yet they have always brought him home to Miami Beach.



April 9                          Entries open for artists’ submission
June 1                          Submission fee increases
June 27 @ Midnight       Deadline to submit        
July 20                          Artists notified by July 20
August 3                       Paperwork due back to Dairy Barn
September 3 - 10           Accepted artwork due to Dairy Barn
September 28               Opening Reception
November 18                 Exhibition Closes at Dairy Barn
December 2018             Exhibition ready to tour
December 2020             Exhibition tour ends, artwork returned to artist/purchaser


Over $10,000 in Cash and Prizes
  • Best of Show
  • Sony Camera & Lens
  • Landscape Award
  • The Human Condition Award
  • Under 30 Award
  • Over 65 Award
  • Ohio University School of Visual Communication Award given to an Ohio University Alumni  
  • Jurors Awards (3)
  • Travel Award to Hog Island

Tour Locations

  • Sony Gallery, New York City, New York (winners & selected works)
All International tour locations will be announced once confirmed.


MATERIALS  WideOpen: Excellence in Photography is a juried exhibition designed to celebrate all genres of the photographic image.  We invite all photographs by amateur and professional photographers. Submitted image(s) may be taken by digital or film camera. Altered images are eligible.  Accepted work must arrive framed. Acrylic glass must be used in frame.
Artists must be ages 18 and over.  Works eligible for consideration must be the result of independent effort.  The work must be an original design, not a copy or a variation on the original design of another artist working in any medium.
All entries must be NEW work – completed after January 1, 2013. The recent modification of an older or previously dated work does not make the work eligible unless the artist can produce documentation of significant differences between the original and the revised versions of the piece.
Submission of a work of art to this exhibition and the completion of the online entry process shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to all the conditions set forth.  
Artists will retain all copyrights to their work.  Submitting to WideOpen grants The Dairy Barn Arts Center the rights to reproduce and distribute the images through print and electronic media for promotion of the exhibition and its entrants.  
Each artist may submit 3 pieces (including a single series of up to 5 images). You can submit by visiting
The submission fee for 1-3 pieces before June 1, 2018 is $35. The submission fee for 1-3 pieces on or after June 1 is $45 payable on ArtCall, the submission system you will use for entering.  Discounts for Students & Members of the Dairy Barn Arts Center are available.
Three (3) pieces will be accepted for consideration including one series with up to five images.  Only jpeg files will be considered.  The work should appear as you would wish it to be reproduced. 
FILE TYPE: JPG.  Be sure each file is a .jpg and carries the extension “.jpg”.  Acceptable resolution is 150 dpi.  Images must be sized no larger than 3600 pixels on the longest side.
File names can be anything, as the submission system will re-name the files upon upload.
The jury is a “blind” jury, which means the jurors do not know the artists’ names or locations.  This year’s jury panel is comprised of three photographers who demonstrate mastery in their respective style.  These talented individuals will select artworks based on originality of concept, design, technique, and craftsmanship.  Acceptance will be granted on the basis of submitted images.


All artists will be notified by July 20, 2018 following the jury process.  All artist exhibition paperwork must be completed by August 3, 2018.  The DBAC reserves the right to refuse work that is drastically different from what was digitally represented. Selected works will be on display at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Sauber Gallery, September 29—November 18, 2018. WideOpen will be available for tour December 10, 2018 and will travel until December 2020.
Artists are responsible for the shipping of their work to and from the Dairy Barn Arts Center.  Do not ship glass. All frames must have acrylic-glass. Once accepted, selected pieces must be shipped to arrive or be hand delivered between September 3-10, 2018 to:
The Dairy Barn Arts Center, WideOpen
8000 Dairy Lane,
Athens, Ohio 45701
Artwork will be returned in the same container in which it was shipped.  Please be certain your shipping container is sufficient, as it may be shipped internationally to WideOpen venues.                               
Be sure to include a return shipping label with accepted work.  Do not send personal checks with estimated amount for postage. UPS or FedEx are our preferred couriers.
Once accepted, all artists are required to submit an artist’s statement of no more than 80 words. This statement will appear in gallery materials. The Dairy Barn Arts Center will not publish more than 80 words per artist, and will not edit the statements.
Artists must provide retail and insurance value for each piece of accepted work.  The insurance value is 65% of its fair market value or sale price.  In the event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to provide documentation concerning the value of the work and the extent of the claim.  The Dairy Barn Arts Center will insure the artwork while it is in our gallery for the duration of the exhibition, but the artists are responsible for their own insurance during shipping to and from DBAC.
Accepted artists are also welcome to sell up to five signed prints in our Gallery Shop.
In the event of a sale, the artist will be paid 65% of the retail price listed.  The Dairy Barn will retain a 35% commission on work sold during the exhibition at The Dairy Barn or any sale that results from mediation by Dairy Barn Staff. A work identified as For Sale (e.g. with an established retail price in U.S. Dollars) must maintain that status for as long as it is part of the active WideOpen exhibition.  Artists whose work is not for sale (NFS) must indicate NFS and must list a valid insurance value in U.S. Dollars on submission form.