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IMAGES - Connecticut's Oldest Photography Contest

Every year, IMAGES -- a state-wide juried photography competition and exhibition -- is hosted by Shoreline Arts Alliance. It is Connecticut's oldest annual photography competition. The exhibition began in 1980, and gives talented photographers from all across Connecticut the opportunity to display their work and have them appraised by a jury of professionals. Last year, we had over 1000 submissions from all across the state. The jurors had to make some hard decisions, and ultimately choose 132 photos from those submissions. This year will be the 41st annual exhibition for IMAGES.

For the past two years, IMAGES has been hosted completely virtually due to Covid-19. This year will be different -- IMAGES is now going hybrid! Though the jury and submission process will be remaining virtual, the exhibition will be in person at Sill House Gallery at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT. Alongside the in-person exhibition, all work will also be published in a virtual gallery on the Shoreline Arts Alliance website from November through December. We are thrilled to be stepping back into some sort of normalcy -- finally!

IMAGES has a very diverse community of photographers. Whether it be digital photography, film photography, or even historical or alternative methods of photography. Without these talented artists, IMAGES could not go on. Each individual has a unique background, and all are inspired by different things. This creates a singular vision that you can see in each of their works. Each artist submits an artist's statement with their work, which helps the jurors and the audience understand the story and inspiration.

Even during this pandemic, people have still found ways to branch out and find inspiration to express themselves and show their talent. IMAGES is a way to display that talent to people in the community. This exhibition is a show of talent and hard work from these individuals!

Go check out IMAGES on our website to submit and for more information: Contact Whitney at with any questions, or concerns. Hope to see you there at the in-person exhibition in November!


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