America – What does it mean to you?

Asked, “What does the United States of America mean to you,” how would you respond with photographs? Certainly no one photograph, even though it could speak a thousand words, will likely suffice.

This world-wide competition is intended to present the many and diverse views of what America means to its citizens, visitors, and people who have never been to the U.S. but have opinions shaped by what they see, hear from others, and read.


We welcome images that present America’s bountiful benefits and attractions as well as its controversies and challenges.


Images submitted for this competition will be juried for inclusion in a premium, hard-bound, coffee-table book. There are five categories with approximately 13 images each. Plus one image in each category will be featured with a full-page along with the photographer’s comments. Cumulatively, there will be as many as 65 images selected for the publication.

  • 65 images selected for inclusion in the coffee table book

  • Best of Competition: $300.00 USD, plus a copy of the book

  • 5 best of Category: $100, plus a copy of the book

  • Those whose images are also included in the book will have the opportunity to purchase them at cost plus $12.

  • A copy will be presented to the Library of Congress.

  • Copies will be sold on Amazon.

  • Additional copies will be made available to independent book sellers.

  • The digital book will be featured in an article at

Window on Photography competitions have three goals:

  • To promote the awareness of photographers and the many values of photography.

  • To provide an exceptional body of work for exhibition or publication. This is accomplished in part by acquiring accomplished jurors most suitable for the competition’s theme.

  • To donate 50% of the net fee income to organizations helping those in need.


Homeless Veterans

Fifty percent of the net proceeds will be donated to the non-profit National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.


This Call for Entries is open worldwide to both amateur and professional photographers. Experimental, manipulated and mixed techniques are welcome. Foreign entries are encouraged.



  • Americana – (materials concerning or characteristic of America, its civilization, or culture (from Webster Dictionary))

  • Controversies and Challenges

  • Diversity

  • Freedom – Equality - Opportunity

  • Patriotism


Jurors - scroll to the bottom to read their impressive bios

  • Jeanie Adams-Smith, Professor of Photojournalism at Western Kentucky University

  • Kent Miller, Associate Professor of Photojournalism at Central Michigan University

Important Dates

  • Early Entry discounted submissions – September 15, 2018, 11:59pm

  • Final Deadline – December 10, 2018, 11:59pm

  • Award announcements by email – January 5, 2019

  • Published on Window on Photography’s website – January 5, 2019           

  • Book Publication and distribution – February 1, 2019

Submission Fees

  • Prior to the Early Entry deadline: $28 for the first 3 entries, $8 for each additional entry. USE DISCOUNT CODE EARLY.

  • Following the Early Entry deadline until the Final Deadline: $35 for the first 3 entries, $10 for each additional entry. You can submit all images at the same time or individually up to the deadline. You may also change out images until the deadline.

Submission Requirements

  • All submissions are through Smarter Entry.

  • Image files must be in either jpg, tif, or png format.

  • They should have a unique file names (flag.jpg, flag 2.jpg, soldier.jpg).

  • Special character, those on the upper half of the number keys, may not be used in the file name ($,#,@,:).

  • Images are best viewed by the juror if their longest side (horizontal or vertical) is 2,000 pixels.

Non-Us Entries

Smarter Entry has an address field for the state you live in.  This applies to the US and several other countries. If you do not have a “state” as part of your address simply leave that field blank - it is not mandatory.


Editorial Rights

We reserve the sole right to eliminate from consideration images that are construed as pornographic, demeaning or display violence outside the context of the image’s story, i.e., gratuitous violence.

Use Rights

Artists/photographers/authors/owners retain all rights to their images. Additionally, they grant ROI Resource Group, LLC, dba Window on Photography the non-exclusive right without time limit to use their image(s) submitted to the competition and any high-resolution image(s) provided for publication in the previously mentioned photobook for the limited purpose of marketing the competition and subsequent photobook and printing and selling said photobook without expectation of any payment other than as stated in the Awards sections, if appropriate.


  • You must own the image. Or, if your image is selected be able to provide in writing that you have been given the right by another to submit the image to the competition. The submitter will solely be responsible and liable for any infringement of rights that might surface during the jurying or displaying of any image. 


  • Should your award notification or prize be returned as undelivered, Window on Photography will not resend the notice (whether by the same or another method), research your address nor make any further attempts at delivery, and your submission may be deemed ineligible for the publication. Please be careful when entering all your contact information.


  • Cash Prize winners living outside the United States will be responsible for costs incurred for a wire transfer if PayPal is unavailable.


  • Any federal, state or local taxes are the sole responsibility of the award winner.


  • There are no refunds for images not submitted, submission of wrong images, or for any other reasons.

Click HERE to enter your images.



Please submit your questions to


We look forward to seeing your submissions.

Larry Padgett, Editor
Window on Photography


Juror Bios

Kent Miller

Kent Miller brings 16 years of professional experience as a photojournalist into the classroom as an Associate Professor of Photojournalism at Central Michigan University since 2004.  Miller’s photography has been published in numerous publications including, Newsweek, People, Reader’s Digest, Ladies Home Journal, Nat Geo France, The Huffington Post, USA TODAY, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Publications in books include Your Guide to the National Parks, Insight Guide Alaska, Lonely Planet’s Alaska.

Miller’s image of Mt. Denali resides on the tail side of a quarter that was commissioned by the U.S. Mint.  Miller has won numerous international and national photography awards and he was awarded Alumnus of the Year from Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana.

Miller teaches photo editing, photography studio techniques, the photographic process, online visual storytelling and a seminar in news photography.


Jeanie Adams-Smith’s career at the Chicago Tribune culminated with her in the position of national/foreign picture editor during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. By then, Adams-Smith had published a photo-documentary book on minor league baseball, and a multimedia piece on the children of divorce that won first place in Pictures of the Year International.

Since arriving at Western Kentucky University Adams-Smith has published two books of social documentary photography and was named 2006 Photographer of the Year by the Kentucky News Photographers Association. The university nominated her book, Survivors: The Children of Divorce, the culmination of six years of work, for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction.


Adams-Smith has also won international awards for photography documenting women’s health clinics in Chicago neighborhoods, Vanderbilt University’s burn unit for children, a family’s struggle with traumatic brain injury, and a photographic testimonial by survivors of rape and sexual assault in Kentucky.

In the past several years, she has traveled twice to Cuba, documenting the everyday lives of people in Old Havana, a World Heritage Site as yet untouched by international commerce. She has also been to western Ireland to document family farms threatened by industrial agriculture. The work has won her several regional and national awards. She recently returned from England where she taught at Harlaxton College for a semester and worked on a project on family farms in Europe.

Adams-Smith has been asked to judge regional and national photo competitions, including the White House News Photographers Association, Photographer of the Year International, and the Society of News Design. She regularly spends several weeks each summer teaching journalism to selected high school students in Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program, and she takes great pleasure in introducing the joys of photography to children in two local programs.

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