Art Through the Lens Call

Art Through the Lens 2024 is open to all without restrictions on content. It provides photographers an outlet for their art, encouragement for growth in their vision and presentation and cash rewards for works of exceptional merit. Each year from the works submitted, 50-70 images are selected for exhibition by a highly qualified juror. $1,500 in cash awards will be given to works of high merit. Art Through the Lens 2024 will be on display from September 10th-November 9th.


Artists may submit up to 20 entries. All photo-based imagery created through photographic processes is eligible including non-lens made images. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in an Art Through the Lens (or Paducah Photo) exhibition. Size restrictions: No single work may be more than 6 feet in width and 8 feet in height, without advanced approval from YAC. Please contact YAC for approval of oversized submissions.


Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Video – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $10.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $10.00


$1,500 will be awarded in the following amounts:
•    $700 First Place
•    $550 Second Place
•    $250 Third Place


Sales will be encouraged where works are offered for purchase, but work need not be for sale to enter. Yeiser Art Center will keep a 40% gallery commission on all sales, please price your work accordingly. Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition for the value of the work, or 60% of the retail price. Artists are responsible for insuring their work during transit to and from the Yeiser Art Center.


  • Deadline to Enter: August 5, 2024, Midnight
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 10, 2024
  • Deadline to deliver artwork: August 30, 2024, 5pm
  • Exhibition open to the public: September 10-November 9, 2024


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 took on a new name, Art Through the Lens.

Yeiser Art Center members receive a discount on all submissions. Please reach out to the gallery at office@theyeiser.org or 270.442.2453 to update your membership and get the coupon code.

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