Call Detail
21st Annual Exploring the Light Photo Show

Entry Deadline: 2/27/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Lone Tree Arts Center): $35.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: Local
State: Colorado
Event Dates: 4/6/23 - 6/5/23
Jury Dates: 2/28/23 - 3/3/23

See the world through a different lens with the Exploring the Light Photo Exhibit at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Local photographers come together to create a visual collage of different styles, subjects and sentiments. 

2023 Categories
·  Landscape

·  Astro photography/Nightscapes/Scenes

·  Animals Wild, Domestic Captive

·  Composites

·  Portraits

·  Sports

·  Drone/UAV

·  Travel/ Wanderlust 

Jurying and Awards

Individual images submitted via CaFE TM are juried by a blind jury review process. Invited images are juried for awards based on final presentation of artwork including the image quality, content, frame, mat, and tile.  Photographer identification will be hidden from view when jurying.  Total cash awards are estimated at $3,350.  Best of Show as well as first and second place winners in each category will be awarded gallery space for several weeks after the show at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Awards include first, second, and third place in each category, along with Best of Show and People's Choice.  

Entry and Fees

Photographers must apply via CaFE TM by the entry deadline of Monday, February 27th, 2023. Up to 3 entries may be submitted by an individual.  A non-refundable $35 entry fee is required.  Fees may be paid via credit card on CaFE TM or check made payable to the City of Lone Tree and mailed to: Lone Tree Arts Center, c/o Photo Show, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, CO. 80124. 


All images must be delivered gallery ready (ie. canvas wrap, metal, acrylic, wood, floating or other frame) and ready to hang. Framing must meet gallery quality standards - no large imperfections, no sagging canvas.

Images must be undamaged and reinforced with hardware AND picture hanging wire.  If you provide a piece of artwork with no wire, it will be turned away as it will not be suitable to hang with our Arakawa Hanging System.  D-rings should be installed 1/3 of the overall height from the top edge, picture wire should then be strung through taut, not loose, and adequately secured. Plaque board and Plexiglas are also acceptable. Glass clips, sawtooth hangers, shadow mounts, and French cleats are NOT acceptable and will be turned away. Finished images must not weigh more than 35lbs or exceed 48x48 framed.  A label must be attached to the back of the image, identifying artist, title, and price. Entries not meeting specifications will be turned away.  

Sales and Bin Work

All images invited to the show must be for sale.  The Lone Tree Arts Center will conduct sales at the Box Office and retain 20% commission on all sales.  Accepted photographers may sell bin work at the opening reception ONLY.  You may bring your own bin or use one of ours, they will be made available on a first come first serve basis. A digital catalogue listing artist contact and sales information will be available to the public throughout the photo show on the Lone Tree Arts Center website. Images may not be removed before the end of the Photo Show.
Exploring the Light - Photo Show Book for Purchase

With the photographer's permission, the Lone Tree Photo Club will compose a book with accepted entries representing Exploring the Light 2023.  Accepted images will be printed with the photographer's name and information about the image such as location, camera and the story behind the image.  If you would like to participate, you must select yes and complete the 4 questions during the application process.  Exploring the Light book will be available for viewing and purchase online after the close of the show sometime in July.  
2023 Juror

Shannon Squires-Towes  is a nationally recognized award-winning photographer based in Colorado Springs. She is a two-time Professional Photographers of America 1st Place recipient of the Grand Imaging Award in Children Portraits. In 2021, in addition to her 1st Place in Children’s Portraits, she also won the prestigious over all 1st Place trophy among over 5000 images entered.  In 2022, two of her images were featured as part of Team USA in the World Photographic Cup. 

    Shannon has been featured on the cover Professional Photographer magazine on multiple occasions. She holds a Master Photographer degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America. In addition, she has an Associates in Applied Arts Degree for Commercial Photography form the Art Institute of Seattle. 

    When she is not creating art for her clients, she invests in the photography community by teaching in Colorado, across the U.S.A., and abroad. She also enjoys volunteering and participating in charity work.

Questions and Information

Please contact Allissa Dailey at
or 720.509.1011, if additional questions about this call are required.  
Important Dates

January 20th - Call for Entry opens
February 27th - Deadline / Entry closed
February 28th – March 3rd - Jurying
March 6th - Notification
April 4th - Drop-off Images: 5:00pm-7:00pm
April 8th - Opening Reception: 4:00pm-6:00pm
June 6th - Pick-up Images: 3:00pm-6:00pm

Viewing Hours for Show

The exhibit will be open for viewing from April 6th – June 5th.  Currently our hours are Monday through Friday, 10am - 4pm and 2 hours prior to any performance at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  Check the calendar on the website for dates outside of Monday through Friday or call our Box Office to confirm at 720.509.1000


Entry Requirements

  • Eligible photographers may enter up to 3 images.
  • Images must be originals executed and altered by the photographer only.
  • Images must not be of someone else’s artwork that constitutes copyright infringement.
  • Images should be non-offensive to a general audience of all ages.
  • Images must be for sale.
  • Images must have been completed within the last 2 years (2020-2023) and not shown in a previous Lone Tree Photo Show.
  • Juror may transfer entries from one category to another if deemed more appropriate.
  • Accepted images must remain on display through the duration of this exhibit.  They cannot be picked up earlier than the arranged date below.
  • Images must be delivered and retrieved during the designated drop-off and pick-up times ONLY.  If you or someone you have designated are unable to make these dates and times work, please do not apply for the show.
    • Drop-off April 4th from 5:00pm-7:00pm
    • Pick-up June 6th from 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Images must include a finished frame size and sales price on the application.  This information will be printed.
  • Images uploaded for the application cannot display the artists name or any identifying mark on the front of the image.


Photographers of all ages who can deliver and pick-up their work in person at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  Images will not be accepted by any other means (UPS, FEDEX, USPS, etc.).