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We all have a particular FOCUS in our photography,
and no matter the subject, 
we are passionate
 about it!
The FOCUS Exhibition is your opportunity to display that passion
with your printed work at the Allentown Art Museum.

2021 FOCUS Exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum

Lehigh Valley Photography Club proudly hosts
the 4th annual juried exhibition of members' photography in the Community Gallery at the Allentown Art Museum, July 11 to August 8.

As with previous years, we plan to open the 2021 FOCUS Exhibition with a reception.  However, the format of the reception may change to ensure the health and safety of all who visit the exhibit.  It is our hope that we can still enjoy the camaraderie and hospitality of this event with other members and have it open to the public.  Details will be provided as they develop.

The club wants to encourage and support the breath of the photography pursued by its members, so this year’s exhibit includes the following judging categories:

1. Nature - includes trees, wildlife (hand of man is permitted)
2. Floral - includes flowers

3. Travel - includes culture, street
4. Landscape - includes seascapes
5. People - includes portraits, candids, models, kids
6. Man-made - includes cities, buildings, cars, interiors
7. Open - includes abstracts, digital art, still life

Awards provided by our show sponsors, will be presented to the winning artists.

So send us your best shots! We look forward to seeing your images and joining us for the FOCUS exhibition reception. Review the detailed information about submission criteria, judging, printing and framing, and drop-off below.


Submission Criteria

  • Must be a Lehigh Valley Photography Club member in good standing at the time of entry and the exhibit
  • Each member may submit up to five image uploads with entry fee
  • Digital editing and manipulation are allowed, however the final product must originate from your own photographic image
  • There is no theme for this exhibit (tasteful nudity is allowed)
  • Images that have exhibited in previous LVPC exhibitions are not allowed

Image Entry

  • Entry deadline is May 9, 2021 at 11:30 pm
  • The entry fee is $25
  • Images must be correctly sized, named, and uploaded for consideration. For full details click the link or go to the page FOCUS Image Submission Deadline on the Calendar for May 9.

FOCUS Image Submission Deadline

Judging Categories

  • Best in Show
  • Nature (includes trees, wildlife)
  • Floral (includes flowers)
  • Travel (includes culture, street)
  • Landscape (includes seascapes)
  • People (includes portraits, candids, models, kids)
  • Man-made (includes cities, buildings, cars, interiors)
  • Open (includes abstracts, digital art, still life)
  • People’s Choice (voted on by opening-reception guests)

Category Selection

  • You may submit to more than one category.
  • You may submit a single image to more than one category. Each of those submissions will count as an upload. For example, if you submit one image to three categories, that counts as three of your five uploads. The judging committee will determine the most appropriate category for the image (assuming it is selected).

Criteria for Selection and Judging

Six factors will be considered in reviewing images:

  • Conforms to Category
  • Originality
  • Technical Excellence
  • Composition
  • Artistic Merit
  • Overall Impact

Image Selection and Notification

  • Images will be down-selected for the exhibit by a member-only committee
  • Members will be notified the week of May 16 regarding acceptance and will receive necessary forms with further details
  • Up to 70 images will be selected


  • Exhibition photographs will be judged by a group of non-member photographers
  • Judges will select the “Best of” for each category noted above, as well as “Best of Show”
  • Guests of the reception will vote on the “People’s Choice” award


Print Size Specifications

  • Minimum of 80 sq. in. (e.g. 8” x 10”)
  • Maximum of 384 sq. in. (e.g. 16” x 24”)
  • Images will be disqualified if undersized or oversized

Framing Requirements

  • Paper prints ONLY: White, ivory or cream mats, black frame, glass or Plexiglass, wired for hanging. No plastic, clip, poster, Gatorboard or similar frames will be allowed
  • Canvas, metal, acrylic prints will NOT be accepted
  • Images will be disqualified if requirements are not met. Damaged frames, cracked or broken glass or poorly cut mats, etc. will not be shown unless corrected and resubmitted before the public opening

Delivery and Pickup of Art

  • Location: Allentown Art Museum
  • Artwork Delivery: Friday, July 9, 2021
  • Artwork Pick Up: Sunday, August 8, 2021

Additional details will be provided to successful applicants.


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