Photo Exhibits


A child gets a hands-on lesson about pottery. Image by Jim Hanna

2010 Photography Exhibit Best in Show: “The Potter and the Pupil” by Jim Hanna

Got Photos? At the photography exhibit, this year (2013) in the John Wesley Community Church on Bond Street, you can see hundreds of photographs entered in this judged show (more than $1,000 in prizes are awarded) by some of the region’s most talented photographers. Landscapes, animals, photojournalism, and still life are some of the categories of the framed works you can admire (and purchase). If you wish to enter next year, send us an email and we’ll put you on the list. If you exhibited in 2013, you will be sent a prospectus and application for the 2014 Exhibit. Date of mailing: early September.

How to Enter

The Photography Exhibit is a judged exhibit of framed photographs. Entries are not juried in advance, but entry forms must be obtained from the Waterford Foundation and completed before photographs are delivered for the Exhibit. Send us a request for an entry form along with your mailing address by email, or snail mail (P.O. Box 142, Waterford, Virginia 20197) or telephone us with your request (540.882.3018, ext. 114).

Individuals who entered the Photography Exhibit in the past three years, or who have already requested an application, will automatically receive the Photography Exhibit Prospectus in early September. Additional requests may be submitted before September 20 to the Waterford Foundation at 540 882-3018, ext. 112 or by email.


All categories include both black & white and color.





Still Life

Nature Studies/Animals


Waterford Fair/Waterford Scene

Best Loudoun Photograph


Entries in the Photojournalism and Best Loudoun Photograph categories must represent the scene without addition or removal of any details.

A $500 cash award is given by Leesburg Today for Best Loudoun Photograph, which may be in black and white or color and must have been taken in the past two years, and be a minimum of 8” x 10.” Entries must indicate the location of the image portrayed. Entries from previous contests will not be accepted. The winning entry becomes the property of Leesburg Today and will be on permanent Loan to the Waterford Foundation, Inc.; the entrant reserves reproduction rights and may provide a substitute frame.

How to Enter
One photograph may be entered for judging; tw0, if one is in the Best Loudoun Photograph category. Entries must be labeled to be hung in the correct category. All photographs submitted for judging must be framed, with screw eyes and wires (no sawtooth hangers). Names or signatures on photographs must be covered; masking tape is acceptable.

Entry Fee
The entry fee is $20 for one entry or $25 for two (with one of these being for Best Loudoun category). Each photographer will receive a one-day ticket to the Waterford Fair.

Photography Sales
A 25% commission is charged on all work sold. At the exhibitor’s request, work submitted for judging may be withheld from sale. Because of space limitations, ladditional work for sale is limited to matted work and/or note cards. Please do not bring framed work other than works submitted for judging.

Delivery and Removal
Photographs must be delivered to the John Wesley Church (40125 Bond Street, Waterford) on Friday. September 27 or Saturday, September 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Unsold work must be picked up on Sunday, October 6, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. or on Monday, October 7, between 10 a.m. and noon.

The Waterford Foundation reserves the right to reject any entry.

The utmost care will be taken of all work submitted. However, Waterford Foundation, Inc., is not responsible for loss or damage and assumes no liability for works not collected on the specified dates. All work is entered at the owner’s risk.

All photographs submitted for judging must be framed and ready to hang, with screw eyes and wires attached. No saw tooth hangers, please.

As in previous years, there is no limit to the size of the framed photos you may enter; however, because space is limited, please select your entries accordingly.

Entry Forms and Labels
Completed entry forms (see above) must be submitted with photographs at time of delivery. Please fill out in black ink two official labels for each photograph. Entries must be properly labeled to be hung in the correct category.

One photographs may be entered for judging; two if one of them is in the Best Loudoun Photograph category. Names or signatures on photographs must be covered. Masking tape is acceptable; it will be removed after judging.