EXHIBIT Closed on February 3rd 2013

Juror: William Neill

Juror's Choice: "Antarctica Portal" by Paul M. Murray from Jamestown, RI USA

It is partially a gift of the subject itself, how varied the genre of landscape photography can be. Combine the extremes of the land each of us has walked, with the variety of visions each of us chooses to communicate, and we're bound to witness just how rare our earth can be.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:10 January 13
Artists' Reception:13 January 13 16:40
Exhibit Closes:3 February 13
Rare Earth
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

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We're looking to see a range of what landscape images can be:  macro details to vast panoramas, conceptual narratives, abstractions, document, or relational gestures.  We hope to feature varied points of view from every crook and bend, angle and junction, on the globe.  With your unique images, we will honor the extents of this Rare planet we call Earth.

Juror's Statement:

The photography submitted for the Rare Earth competition was a pleasure to review. The work as a whole showed a strong sensitivity to the wondrous qualities of our planet. The styles of capture and post-processing varied greatly, some straightforward in technique, and other highly interpretive. I appreciate any technique that communicates both the emotion of the artist and a sense of place. My initial editing removed photographs that I felt had technical issues, whether in composition, exposure or post-processing. I also focused intently on how I felt the image fit the theme of Rare Earth.

In the later half of my decision-making process, I found it very difficult to narrow down to the required number as I became attached to many more photographs than made the final selections. All of the images were viewed many times over many days of studying the submissions.

Being a landscape photographer myself for 38 years, I was very pleased to see the range of ideas and emotion expressed in the submissions about this Earth. All of them showed a deeply felt value for, and connection to, the land. The high degree of creativity in how photographers are approaching the genre stylistically was encouraging, as was that I saw very few clichés. Whether your photographs made the final cut or not, please continue to photograph and share your work, stay connected with nature and aware of our impact on the landscape so that our children’s children will live on a healthier Earth.

William Neill


Antarctica Portal
Juror's Choice

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
Blue Macro #3
Honorable Mention

Carl Rubino
Wilmington, New York United States
Receeding Storm
Honorable Mention

Chuck Kimmerle
Casper, WY USA

light in the underwood
Honorable Mention

Laurence Chellali
Genova, Genova Italy
Antarctica iceberg
Honorable Mention

Michael Leggero
Carthage, NY USA
Honorable Mention

Suchet Suwanmongkol
Pathumwan, Bangkok THAILAND

Tire Swing

Amanda Schilling
Kingwood, TX USA

Betsy Chapek
Underhill Center, VT USA
Moon and Craters

Christopher McBride
Westford, VT USA

Ducks in a Row

Chuck Kimmerle
Casper, WY USA
Winooski River, Burlington, VT series 4

Daniel Peters
Brattleboro, VT USA
Reaching Out

David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA

Caliigraphic Reflections

Deb Ehrens
South Dartmouth, MA USA
West Fork Oak Creek Canyon

Doug Dolde
Joshua Tree, CA USA
drought fire-rebirth

douglas smith
somerville, new jersey USA

Gathering Storm, Scotland

Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA
Ancient Iceberg

Elaine Heron
Portola Valley, CA USA
Iceberg Lagoon 968

Elisabeth Pollaert Smith
Larchmont, NY USA

Iceland Glacier with Ash 1206

Elisabeth Pollaert Smith
Larchmont, NY USA
Moonstreak, Malibu CA 2011

Eric Newnam
Monterey, CA USA
Post Arcadia 8

Florence Iff
Zurich, Zurich Switzerland

It's not the wind, it's man who does the wind, 2011

Frank Schubert
Frankfurt, Hessen Germany

Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Champlain Lake

Hautcoeur Julien
Gatineau, Québec Canada
enso, Mekong Delta

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Yellowstone Tree

Jean Andersen
Bradford, VT USA


Jeff Grant
Newport Beach, NSW Australia

Jennifer Koe
Salisbury, North Carolina USA
Fungi Stainoglyph

Jim Gambaro
Belchertown, MA USA

Guillemotte on Ledge

Jim Squires
St Simons Island, GA United States
Grand Daddy Beech

Joyce Harman
Flint Hill, VA USA
Mud Pool

Kate L. Porter
Baltimore, MD USA


Katherine Booth
Plattsburgh, NY USA

Kathleen Taylor
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
New Walls, Palm Springs

Kathleen Taylor
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

Upper Grizzly Falls

Kelly Michael Cannon
Orinda, CA US

Kelly Michael Cannon
Orinda, CA US

Kelly O'Neal
Burlington, VT USA

landscape 4

Larry Newberry
miami, florida USA
Monocacy River Triptych

Lisa Sheirer
Thurmont, MD USA
the lost forest

Margrieta Jeltema

First Day

Maureen Ruddy Burkhart
Longmont, Colorado, Colorado USA
Diptych, Touch the Earth, Touch the Sky

Misha Gregory Macaw
Fort Collins, CO USA
El Calafate Glacier

Nataly Rader
Los Angeles, CA USA


Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA
A different world #1

Peter Marx
Marburg, Germany

Rad A. Drew
Indianapolis, IN USA

Mammoth Hot Springs Study

Robert Carrier
Loveland, CO - Colorado USA
If You Were So Inclined

Robert Dash
Eastsound, WA USA
Les dunes du Sahara No.2

Ross Laurence Anderson
Minneapolis, MN USA

Laurel Ridge

Roy Money
New Haven, CT USA

Russ Hartung
Morrisonville, NY USA
Schwarzwald Snowscape

Ryuten Paul Rosenblum
San Anselmo, California USA


Seth Dunne
Manchester Center, VT USA
Jagged Sky

Shauna Milton
Carpinteria, CA USA
Mother Earth

Stelios Karatheodorou
Serres, Greece

Green Anemone

Steven Shepard
Williston, VT USA
Back of the Beast

Stilson Snow
Eureka, CA USA

Suzanne Engelberg
Tiburon, CA USA

vernal fall

Takako Matoba
Santa Clara, California USA

Trisha Haskins Ntalianis
Denver, CO USA
The Rolling Hills of Sevan

Vahe Peroomian
Montrose, CA USA

Realm of Endless Stretches - Borderless Borderlands

Yoong Wah Alex Wong
Istanbul, Turkey
The Arid Land

Yoong Wah Alex Wong
Istanbul, Turkey

  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image and People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: William Neill

It is no wonder William Neill has developed a deep, spiritual connection with nature, being a resident of the Yosemite National Park area since 1977. His award-winning photography has been widely collected and exhibited in museums and galleries, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection, and The Polaroid Collection.

His work has been published in several books: Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder, and John Fowles' The Tree. Chronicle Books published his photographs of natural patterns in By Nature's Design (1993), and featured his images in The Color of Nature (1996). The Yosemite Association published a major portfolio of Neill's Yosemite photographs entitled "Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness" (1994). A retrospective collection of his finest landscape photographs was published by Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown & Co, in 1997, entitled Landscapes of the Spirit.

Several periodicals have published his images, including: National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines. Neill writes a monthly column "On Landscape", for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Feature articles have appeared in Life, Camera and Darkroom, Outdoor Photographer and Communication Arts (from whom he has also received five Awards of Excellence).

Neill's corporate clients include: Sony Japan, Bayer Corporation, Canon USA, Nike, Nikon, The Nature Company, and Sony Music/Classical.

Perhaps most important to the task of Jurying Rare Earth, is Neill's extensive experience in close observation of others' work - he has been an instructor of photography for 32 years. Mr. Neill is looking forward to the opportunity to see your work, for the purpose of curating what will be an awe-inspiring exhibition of landscape photographs.