Competitions & Contests

Unseen Beauty: Perspectives Beyond the Ordinary

Entry Dates 2024-03-07T23:59:00+00:00 - 2024-01-11T10:00:00+00:00 9 Days Left


Unseen Beauty: Perspectives Beyond the Ordinary

This theme encourages photographers to explore and capture the extraordinary in the seemingly mundane, finding beauty in overlooked moments, places, or details. It invites artists to experiment with unique perspectives, creative compositions, and imaginative interpretations to showcase the hidden charm in everyday life. Participants can use their lenses to uncover the beauty that often goes unnoticed, prompting viewers to see the world with fresh eyes and appreciate the artistry in the ordinary.

Key Information

Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 7, 2024, at midnight
Artist Notification Date: Week of March 18, 2024
Art Drop-off Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2024, between 1 pm-4 pm
Art Hanging: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 1pm. Please note, if you are unable to drop off works during this time, you MUST make alternate arrangements ahead of time.
Show Dates: April 3, 2024 - April 30, 2024
Pick up art: Wednesday, May 1, 2023, 9 am-noon

Submission Guidelines:

Fill out the submission form at https://unseenbeauty.artcall.o...
Pay your submission fees
Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 7, 2024, at midnight

Selection Criteria:

Submissions will be screened by a panel, including Genesis Gallery curators and invited guest jurors, to ensure quality and applicability of work. Artworks will be selected based on creativity, originality, and alignment with the theme. Please note that depending on the number of submissions, our curation process, and other factors, not all submitted works are guaranteed entrance into our show. While we strive to include works from as many artists as possible, please know that we do not tolerate submissions that promote hate, racism or violence against others. We reserve the right to refuse any submission that does not adhere to or promote our mission. We will notify you within the timeframe indicated herein regarding the acceptance of your work(s).


This exhibition is open to all professional and amateur photographers. Any mailed artwork will be at the expense of the artist.


There is a non-refundable entry fee of $30 for up to 3 pieces for open calls. Artist with studios inside the Lakewood UMC building have a discounted, non-refundable entry fee of $20 for up to 3 pieces for open calls. Limited entrance fee scholarships are available for artists who are experiencing economic hardship, for artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and for artists who identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Please email to request a scholarship. Genesis Gallery will retain a 30% commission on all works sold.

Submission to the open call constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this prospectus. Submitting an application and application fee in no way guarantees acceptance into the exhibition Genesis Gallery reserves the right to final curatorial, educational, and installation decisions. The Genesis Gallery may use your image(s) for marketing and catalog purposes, and will credit the artist in that case.

All artwork must be framed and ready to hang, please include framing and matting in your artwork dimensions. Accepted art must reflect the image of the work that was submitted digitally for jurying. Genesis Gallery reserves the right to reject any artwork not meeting these guidelines at any time. We will notify you within the timeframe indicated herein regarding the acceptance of your work(s).

Exhibition Details:

Venue: Genesis Gallery
Dates: April 3-30, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2024
Additional Events: We are currently receiving reservations and will update this soon!


The selected artworks and artists will be featured in promotional materials, press releases, and social media platforms. Artists are encouraged to share their journey and insights into the creative process, fostering a sense of community among participants.

Art Pick Up:

Art pickup is currently scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 2023, 9 am-noon (times will be confirmed approximately 10 days prior to art pickup). Anything that requires shipping will be paid for by the artist.
PLEASE NOTE: Once pickup times are confirmed, you MUST pick up your work(s) during those times, or make alternate arrangements prior to pickup day. We cannot hold works past the show close date. If works remain in our gallery, we hold no liability on pieces and reserve the right to charge a $5 holding fee, per day. Artwork left longer than 30 days becomes the property of Genesis Gallery.

Contact Information:

For inquiries or submissions, please contact the gallery at

We look forward to receiving your innovative interpretations of "Unseen Beauty: Perspective Beyond the Ordinary" and creating an exhibition that captivates and resonates with a wide audience.