the DARKROOM Longmont to feature Fall 2015 Photography Contest

Photography Competition Open to Entries Nationwide

the DARKROOM, located in downtown Longmont, Colorado is sponsoring a photography competition providing cash prizes and an exhibition. The theme is ‘Red, Rouge, Roja…the Color, the Passion, the Feeling’ and is open to entries nationwide. What does the color RED mean to you? How would you express it in a photograph?

The judge is Jessica Kooiman, Director of The Firehouse Art Center, voted Boulder County’s favorite art gallery in 2014

“Originally we had planned to do just one competition per year (in the spring), but because the first one was so successful (with over 300 entries), we decided to add a fall competition as well. We are especially excited about the competition theme this Fall and eagerly await to see how it is interpreted by the artists” said Julie Cardinal, owner of the DARKROOM

“Since opening last November there have been many talented photographers inquiring about exhibiting with us” said Julie Cardinal, “Seeing the work of so many brilliant photographers I decided these competitions would be a great way to showcase their talent, especially since downtown Longmont is a newly recognized Colorado Certified Creative District and a growing hub of fine art photography.”

The RED theme is wide open to personal interpretation and the judge looks forward to seeing many creative works. Submissions are accepted from now through October 19th, 2015. Please see the DARKROOM website for contest dates and guidelines at

About the DARKROOM
The DARKROOM Longmont is owned by Colorado photographer and art-lover Julie Cardinal. She is thrilled to be featuring the work of several talented fine art photographers, some of whom have national and international reputations. She also looks forward to uncovering and showcasing lesser-known talents, just waiting to be discovered.

1st prize-$300
2nd prize-$200
3rd prize-$100
Honorable Mentions
DARKROOM Favorites
People's Choice

Fall Photography Competition at the DARKROOM, Longmont
515 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501

RED, ROUGE, ROJA…the Color, the Feeling, the Passion…

What does RED mean to you? How does it make you feel? How would you express it in a photograph?

Show opens on December 11th 2015 from 6-9 PM with media coverage, food, beer & wine!

• Jessica Kooiman-Parker-Esteemed Curator-Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO
• Entries accepted from September 1-October 19th at midnight
• Notification of acceptance – October 27th, 2015
• Hand deliveries should be delivered to the DARKROOM, 515 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501-November 19-21, 2015, 12-5PM
• Shipped pieces are accepted. Please ship to Julie Cardinal 1005 Creek Court, Longmont, CO 80503 (Please do not ship to gallery)
o No glass or peanuts on shipped items. Plexiglass okay. Must be securely packaged and shipped via UPS or FedEx with return shipping label attached. The DARKROOM will not cover the cost for return shipping!
• Exhibition Opens at the DARKROOM on Friday, December 11th from 6-9pm. Winners announced that evening
• Show runs through January 23rd, 2016
• PICKUP: Unsold Photographs MUST BE PICKED UP on the following dates: January 28-30 from 12-5 pm. Unsold shipped items will be returned within two weeks of the end of the show

• Size your digital images no smaller than 1500 pixels on the long side, 72 dpi, jpegs only
• Label your jpeg with the following naming convention NAME_TITLE.JPG

Presentation for accepted entries
• Images can be printed on wood, metal, glass and framed. The DARKROOM expects current gallery conventions. If framed, simple, black frames only. If matted, white/eggshell matt only
• No Photoshopped borders or signatures. Call if you have any questions about this.
• Wires on the back of each print are required.
• Sizes (horizontal dimension) 12inches ~5 feet (large pieces encouraged)
• Finished pieces must have artist name, image title and price on back
• The DARKROOM reserves the right to refuse to hang pieces that do not fit the criteria.

• DARKROOM takes 30% commission on all sold pieces

• 1st place-$300, 2nd place-$200, 3rd place-$100
• Honorable Mentions
• DARKROOM Favorites
• Top 50 images will be featured in our online gallery
• Opening reception (December 11) provides media coverage, food, beer & wine

*Contest images may be used for promotional purposes.
*Please note that submission does NOT guarantee entry to the exhibition.