Call for Entries: iSPY: Camera Phone Photography


CALL FOR ENTRY Deadline: January 26

iSpy: Camera Phone Photography March 6 – April 7

Photography has always had a special place in art as a technology-driven medium. It has evolved from glass plates to film, to the 35mm, disposable cameras; to the digital revolution, always becoming more and more accessible. The camera-phone is the most recent incarnation of this evolution, and it has impacted photojournalism and fine art photography as much as everyday snapshots. For iSpy: Camera Phone Photography, The Kiernan Gallery seeks images taken with cell phones that span all genres of photography.

Only images taken with a cellular phone will be accepted for this exhibition. Use of apps (e.g. Hipstamatic, Instagram, Darkroom, Tiltshift, Pano, etc.) is acceptable and encouraged.

For this exhibition, juror Aline Smithson will select up to 40 images for display in the main gallery, and up to an additional 30 to be included in the online gallery. All images will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue available for purchase. A Juror’s Choice and Director’s Choice will also be announced.

About the Juror: After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries across the country and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including PDN Photo Annual, PDN, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, The Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona, and Wallspace Gallery in Santa Barbara. Aline has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, writes and edits the blog, Lenscratch, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Too Much Chocolate, Lucida, and F Stop Magazine, and has been curating exhibitions for a number of galleries and on-line magazines. She was a 2009, 2010, and 2011 juror for Critical Mass, and a reviewer at Review LA in 2010 and 2011. Though she was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by Center, she considers her children her greatest achievement.


We accept only digital submissions. All digital files should be provided as:

– JPGs

- 72 ppi

– sRGB

– Image width not to exceed 1024 pixels on the longest side.
– Files should be titled as LastName_FirstName_01Title.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the submission form. No non-alpha-numeric characters.
– Camera phone images vary in sizes, please send files at their maximum resolution.

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Email image files and Submission Form to:

By Mail
CD submissions may be mailed, but must be received by the submission deadline. Submission fee may be paid by either check included with CD or by PayPal via the Pay Now button. Mail the CD (not DVD) with JPG files and Submission Form to:

The Kiernan Gallery

23B West Washington St.

Lexington, VA 24450

Submission Fee:
Non-refundable fee of $25 for the first 5 images and $5 for each additional image (Up to 10 images). Credit card or PayPal payments may be made using the Pay Now button. Checks may be mailed to the address above.

International submissions are accepted.

If you have any questions about submitting, please contact

Acceptance Notification:
Artists will be notified of accepted work via email approximately eight days after the submission deadline. The juror will select up to 30 images for display in the main gallery, as well as up to an additional 40 for display in the online gallery. All accepted photographs are eligible for inclusion in a full color exhibition catalogue available for purchase from Blurb Books.

Artists exhibiting at the gallery may offer their work for sale. The Kiernan Gallery retains 30% of the sale price as commission. 

Use Rights:
Artists retain full rights to their work. The Kiernan Gallery requests use of selected images for the purpose of marketing the exhibition and subsequent display as thumbnails on this website.