Octagon Center for the Arts


The Biennial Juried Photography Exhibit 2018

Theme: Community Sports

September 14 - November 21, 2018 

Reception October 4, 2018 from 5:00-7:00PM, Awards at 6:00PM


We experience the world around us in flashes of action and emotion in the world of sports. From the youngest to the oldest members of our community, competitive games bring people together and spark movement and involvement. Photographers exercising their trigger finger are invited to submit their photographs highlighting athletes and athletic experiences in their lives.


Images: by McClanahan Studio

Jurors: Alex & Dan McClanahan

McClanahan Studio is the creative collaboration of husband/wife duo Dan and Alex McClanahan. Their studio is headquartered in historic downtown Ames, Iowa – the town where Dan grew up and where he and Alex met as students at Iowa State University. The couple founded McClanahan Studio in March of 2009 and quickly established themselves as a fresh and innovative alternative to traditional photography in Iowa and beyond.

The couple has worked extensively in athletics, photographing pieces for the Iowa State University basketball and football programs and the Minnesota Vikings. The McClanahan’s distinctive style of imagery has become known around the world through success in international print competition.

In 2015, Alex won 1st place for best wedding album in the largest International Photographic Competition. In 2016, Dan took 1st and 2nd place for best senior portrait photography in the same competition. This year Dan took home three international first place awards in the Landscape, Commercial, and Artist categories. This year his landscape image was selected to represent Team USA for the World Photographic Cup in Japan.

Both Dan and Alex have received Master of Photography degrees from the Professional Photographers of America and have been heavily involved in the photography community as educators, teaching the craft at dozens photo conferences around the country.


















The Details

  • Any capture and printing method will be considered.
  • Entry Fee: $25 for Non-Members, $20 for Members
  • Entry Limit of 3 photos per artist. 
  • 50 photographs for the Adult Category (18+) will be chosen to exhibit.
  • 25 photographs for the Youth Category (Under 18) will be chosen to exhibit. Parent/guardian consent form to be signed and emailed to submissions@octagonarts.org for all youth submissions.

For further information, please read through the entry guidelines.


First Place: $100 
Second Place: $75
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mention: $25

Exhibit Timeline 

Submissions Due July 20 ($25 Entry Fee, Members $20)
Artists Notified August 24
Artwork Delivered to Octagon August 27-31
Show Opens September 14

Reception on October 4, 5-8PM, Awards at 6PM
Show Closes November 21

Artwork Pickup Dates November 26-30
Artwork Ship Date December 3

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