Call Detail
Art Through The Lens 2020
200 Broadway St.
Paducah, KY 42001

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Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: International
State: Kentucky
Entry Deadline: 9/15/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Entry Fee (Art Through the Lens 2020): $10.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$10.00

Art Through the Lens 2020 is open to all without restrictions on content. It provides photographers an outlet for their art, encouragement for growth in their vision and presentation and cash rewards for works of exceptional merit.  Each year from the works submitted, 50-70 images are selected for exhibition by a highly qualified juror. $2,000 in cash awards will be given to works of high merit. Art Through the Lens 2020 will be on display from October 23 – November 28, 2020.

Yeiser Art Center is a non-profit visual arts organization celebrating over sixty years of serving the community with exhibitions and education throughout the Tri-State Region. As the region’s foremost visual art center, YAC brings diversity and excellence in visual arts to Paducah, a designated UNESCO Creative City. The gallery is situated near Paducah’s riverfront at 200 Broadway in the historic 1905 Market House building.

Originating in 1975 as the Paducah Summer Festival Photo Competition, Paducah Photo has grown from a fledgling contest into an international juried exhibition. Over the past 40+ years, this exhibition has become one of the Mid-South’s most prestigious annual photographic events.

In 2013, Paducah was bestowed the honor of being designated a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network in the area of Crafts & Folk Art. To embrace both this international honor and reflect the international growth of the exhibition, Paducah Photo took on a new name, Art Through the Lens.

2020 JUROR

Lauren Chambers
Chambers graduated from business school and immediately joined a Fortune 500 company, where it didn’t take long for her to realize she wasn’t made for corporate America. With a passion for wildlife conservation and a love for photography, she decided to make that her new career path. Nearly a decade later, she is partnered with zoos all over the country, working alongside the keepers and animals to help educate the public on the importance of conservation. Chambers has won numerous awards for her portrait work of endangered animals and was featured on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine earlier this year. 


Artists may submit up to 20 entries. All photo-based imagery created through photographic processes is eligible including non-lens made images. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in an Art Through the Lens (or Paducah Photo) exhibition. Size restrictions: No single work may be more than 6 feet in width and 8 feet in height, without advanced approval from YAC. Please contact YAC for approval of oversized submissions.


September 15, Midnight – Deadline to enter

October 1 – Notification of acceptance

October 17, 5pm – Deadline to deliver artwork

October 23 – November 28 – Exhibition open to the public


Entries are submitted solely online through CaFE. This is an international juried exhibition; works will be selected to exhibit by a juror. If one or more of your works should be accepted into the show, you will receive subsequent instructions on final presentation. A nonrefundable entry fee of $10 is required for each photographic artwork submitted for consideration. Entries submitted via email or mail to the Yeiser Art Center will not be accepted. Members of the Yeiser Art Center will be charged a reduced fee of $5 per submission. Please contact the Yeiser Art Center to check the status of your membership and receive the coupon code.

Exhibition dates: October 23, 2020 – November 28, 2020.


All entries selected for exhibition will be notified by October 1, 2020. Work must arrive at the Yeiser Art Center no later than October 17, 2020, 5pm.

Accepted entries must be shipped prepaid to the Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway St, Paducah, KY. Only FedEX, UPS and USPS shippers are allowed. All work must arrive ready to install following museum standards. If not framed, artwork should be ready to hang in a professional manner and all hanging fixtures should be provided, including magnets, L-hooks or other appropriate hardware. For specific shipping or framing questions or concerns, please call YAC at 270-442-2453 or email


$2,000 in cash awards will be given in the following amounts:

International Exhibition
First Place $1000
Second Place $500
Third Place $250
Honorable Mention $125
Honorable Mention $125


Sales will be encouraged where works are offered for purchase, but work need not be for sale to enter. Yeiser Art Center will keep a 40% gallery commission on all sales, please price your work accordingly. Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition for the value of the work, or 60% of the retail price. Artists are responsible for insuring their work during transit to and from the Yeiser Art Center.

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