Art Through The Lens

International Juried Photography Exhibition

Originating in 1975 as the Paducah Summer Festival Photo Competition, Paducah Photo has grown from a fledgling contest into an international juried exhibition. Over the past 40+ years, this exhibition has become one of the Mid-South’s most prestigious annual photographic events.

In 2013, Paducah was bestowed the honor of being designated a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network in the area of Crafts & Folk Art. To embrace both this international honor and reflect the international growth of the exhibition, Paducah Photo has taken on a new name, Art Through the Lens.


August 5th, Midnight – Deadline to enter
August 10th – Notification of acceptance
August 30th, 5pm – Deadline to deliver artwork
September 10th – November 9th – Exhibition open to the public
Reception – TBD

Mary Yeiser Painting

Photo by Robert Shapiro

Past Exhibitions

2023 Art Through the Lens

2023 Art Through the Lens

In 2023, juror Cintia Segovia chose 53 works from 653 submissions from thirty-five U.S. states along with two other countries. Fourty-six works were selected for the Regional Salon.

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2022 Art Through the Lens

2022 Art Through the Lens

In 2022, juror Carolyn Benedict Fraser chose 52 works from 598 submissions and Yeiser Art Center staff juried 40 pieces into the Regional Salon.

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