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Artist Call – Twelve: Natural Magic (December 2013)

Viewpoint Gallery’s annual juried exhibit Twelve encourages photographers to interpret an idea suggested by the theme of the exhibit. Natural Magic is the Twelve theme for 2013.

Natural Magic alludes to the explanations and speculations of Giambattisa della Porta, one of the most famous men in Italy during the Renaissance. In 1558 della Porta published a series of thoughtful investigations on diverse subjects from horticulture and cryptography, to meteorology, astrology and optics entitled Natural Magic. He improved the camera obscura by adding a lens and used it as a projection device in theatrical performances. Though he was interested in explaining natural phenomena through observation and study, della Porta was arrested for sorcery! Photographers surely know the magical influence of light and luck, certainty and risk, reality and illusion. The subject matter and photographic technique for Twelve: Natural Magic is open. Viewpoint welcomes your creative interpretations.

The juror for Twelve: Natural Magic is Keith Sutter, known for his extraordinary editorial projects across the Taklamakan Desert in China for the Royal Geographic Society and in Baja California for National Geographic. He has been published in National Geographic, Architectural Digest, Outside, Men’s Journal, Real Simple, Sunset, Sierra, National Geographic Books, Dance, Summit, The New York Times, The Sunday Times (London), The South China Morning Post, and many other publications. In addition to his stunning nature photographs in Alaska, Italy and California’s own Sierra Nevada, Keith is an award winning commercial photographer with over 20 years of experience. An ardent supporter of the arts, his work with the Sacramento Ballet captures the exquisite beauty, romance and drama of dance. He is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. Visit Keith’s web site at

Awards: One $312 1st Place Award, one $212 2nd Place Award, one $112 3rd Place Award, and three Honorable Mention Awards for a Viewpoint Workshop valued at $95.

Entry fees: $12 for 1 image, $36 for 2-4 images, and $48 for 5-6 images.

Deadlines: October 13, 2013 (On-line submission of entries) . Delivery of matted prints to the gallery for accepted entries: November 26, 2013.

Exhibit dates: December 11, 2013 to January 4, 2014.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE PROSPECTUS (310k PDF file) for complete details on the exhibit, the electronic submission process, how to prepare and deliver accepted entries, and other contractual information.

Submissions must be made electronically by uploading images, providing other information, and paying the entry fee (through PayPal) using EntryThingy. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO ENTRYTHINGY (opens in a new window or tab). If you have used EntryThingy before, you may log in with the user name and password you created previously. If you are new to EntryThingy, you will first create a new, free account on the site.

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

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