2017 Fine Art Photography Competition and Exhibit

On Exhibit Wednesday, February 14, 2017 through Saturday, March 11, 2017

Opening Reception Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 7-9pm

ArtSpace Herndon is pleased to present the 8thAnnual Fine Art Photography Exhibit featuring finalists in the annual Fine Art Photography Competition. Renowned photographer and competition judge Carla Steckley chose 35 photographs from nearly 225 submitted to the competition by 75 professional and amateur photographers in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia. These photographers show how a group of artists with a range of themes and skills can be brought together to exhibit work ranging from whimsical digital collages to realistic black and white prints to colorful abstract images, into one spectacular exhibit.

The winners during the Awards Reception on February 25, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m., when $800.00 in cash prizes will be awarded. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served at the reception.

2017 Finalists:

Thomas Brett                          Kathryn Mohrman                   Meryl Silver

Mark Chen                              John Petro                              Ron Taylor

James Diedrich                       Robert Pierce                          William Toti

Peter Foiles                            Andrew Rhodes                      Jim Turner

Judith Guenther                     Joanne Rojcewicz                   Charles Walker

Nicol Hockett                          Gerard Rugel                          Ginger Werz-Petricka

Joshua Katz                           Tracy Sarang                          Sarah Salomon

Robin Kent                             Lori Saunders

Greg Knott                              Mary Ann Setton


We welcome Carla Steckley as our judge for the annual ArtSpace Herndon Fine Art Photography competition and exhibit.  She has been a serious photographer since the late 80’s. She remembers the traditional wet darkroom in her home, where she produced Illfochrome and black and white images. Her specialty was Infrared Photography, leading to numerous lectures on the subject and writing a book about the process. She now happily embraces the benefits of the digital world.

Her background includes a degree from the New York Institute of Photography, courses from Northern Va. Community College and workshops from well respected photographers.

Carla’s distinctive images have won her numerous awards. For over 7 years she competed at the Northern VA. Photo Society and Vienna Photo Society where she was named “Photographer of the Year” 22 times for her work in the categories of black and white, color prints and slides. 94 of those awards were first place winners. She was very proud of her Best of Show out of 725 entries from the Meadowlark Photo Expo in 2006. Also to see her photo

“Potomac Tributary” hanging in the Smithsonian in 2004 was another achievement that brought satisfaction.

She now has turned her attention to exhibiting, most recently having a show at Glenview Mansion in Rockville “Reverence for Trees”.  She’s shown her work, often in one and two person shows, at Brookside Gardens, the Barry Gallery at Marymount University, the Jo Ann Rose Gallery for the LRA, Washington Cathedral, the Art League in Alexandria and the Artist’s Undertaking in Occoquan.

She’s been the judge for ArtSpace Herndon’s annual photo exhibit as well as other organizations such as the League of Reston Artists, Great Falls Studio, and the North Bethesda Camera Club.