EXHIBIT Closed on July 19th 2015

Juror: Dan Burkholder 

Juror's Choice:
Juror's Choice: "Delicate and Unique" by Greg Bennett from Hampden, ME USA

Wild, wild wilderness, its grandeur and grace epically and intimately explored through photography.

Humans have always looked upon the beauty, majesty, and ingenuity of the world around them with reverent wonder. The regular rhythms of the sun and moon, the myriads of living creatures in all their splendid diversity, the magnificence of a flower, a butterfly’s wings or a snow crystal –  The ancient Greeks aptly called the universe kosmos, a word denoting order and harmony.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:25 June 15
Artists' Reception:17 July 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:19 July 15
Natural Realm
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

This underlying order is reflected in many intriguing patterns in nature.

Many of nature’s patterns are related to the golden section and the Fibonacci numbers. For instance, the golden spiral is a logarithmic or equiangular spiral – a type of spiral found in unicellular foraminifera, sunflowers, seashells, animal horns and tusks, beaks and claws, whirlpools, hurricanes, and spiral galaxies. 

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photography that investigates this intrinsic magic in the natural world. From macro shots to large scale landscapes show us your examples of this otherworldly complexity within our natural realm.

Juror's Choice & Honorable Mention winners received free custom prints for the exhibit that are ecologically sound, sustainable and recyclable created by EcoVisualLab!

Juror's Statement:

If you truly love Photography, you love the way constant change has increasingly become one of the heartbeats of our medium. And as photography morphs in so many new directions so does our concept of what’s “natural.”

What doesn’t change is that a good photograph will still give you pause to consider the subject, the treatment and, most importantly, the photo’s ability to hold your eye, perhaps leaving you with more questions than answers. You might say the best photos are unexpected.

The final images in this exhibition weren’t always the most technically perfect, the most color faithful, or even of the most tried and true compositions. But they are the ones that will stick with you long after your iPad’s gone dark.

Dan Burkholder

Delicate and Unique
Juror's Choice

Greg Bennett
Hampden, ME USA
Honorable Mention

Julie Mixon
Florence, SC USA
Mountain Goats, Mount Evans
Honorable Mention

Siobhan Keleher
Denver, CO USA

Winter Park
Honorable Mention

Sofie Sharom
Ottawa, ON Canada
Polar Bear
People's Choice

Joyce Harman
Flint Hill, VA USA

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany

Quarry Stone

Art Murphy
Catskill, NY USA
Lenticular Cloud at Dusk

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Total Eclipse, March 29, 2006

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA

Angry River

Boba Fett
Remulak, Space France
Capitol Reef National Park

Bogdan Balasa
Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

Christine Atlee
Parsippany, New Jersey USA

Boat in the Fog

claudia stoeffler
Burlington, VT USA
Ditch Plains II

David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA
Grasses on a September Morning

Don Rice
Gainesville, Florida USA

Cascade II

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA
Soft bloom

Esther Smit-Branderhorst
Baarn, Utrecht Netherlands
Adirondack Mts TinType

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA


Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Owl Eye Moth Wing

Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA


Harry Sandler
Mount Vernon, NY USA

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
The Birds

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA

Wemmershoek Storm

Jan du Toit
Hout Bay, Western Cape South Africa

John Boccanfuso
Lawrenceville, New Jersey USA
South Dakota Sunset

John Flaig
Shorewood, WI USA


Joyce Harman
Flint Hill, VA USA
South Shore Suite, May 2, 2015

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
Green spiral

Krista Cheney
St. George, VT USA

Swallowing Seas

Law Hamilton
Rockport, MA USA
Mirrored Sky Meditation: Egret

Louise Parms
Bronx, New York USA
Green Abstract

Maria Rebelo
Wilmette, Illinois USA

Winter Rain

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA
Succulent Quartet

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Cattail Creek, Glass, Arkansas

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA


Marnae Rathke
Salt Lake City, UT USA
Window View

Marsha Guggenheim
San Francisco, Ca USA
Ghost Ship

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA

Pampas Strata

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA
Fall Impression at Bellevue

Michel Godts
Rochester, New York USA

Miles Scanlon
South Burlington, VT USA


Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA

Ning Ma
NY, New York USA
Antarctica Rising

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA

Midnight In The Lemaire

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
Crotalus horridus

Paul Q Hernandez
Sparta, New Jersey USA
Junkyard Bloom

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA


Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Badlands #2

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

R Thomas Berner

The Trees of Arnhem

R Thomas Berner
Le Tournesol

Robert Dutruch
Bush, LA USA
Omnibus 61 par le delta

Robert Dutruch
Bush, LA USA

Walls of Ice, Greenland

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA
La Quinta Hike

Tony Schwartz
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Egret, Reflected

Wendi Schneider
Denver, Co USA

Swiftcurrent Falls

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Fire on the Mountain

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA

wilson hurst
warrensburg, missouri USA

Life's journey

Yingxi Shi
Shanghai, Shanghai China

  • Earth Meets SpiritJuror's Choice receives a signed copy of Douglas Beasley's Earth Meets Spirit: A Journey Through the Sacred Landscape.
  • 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, free entry into a future exhibition, and a free exhibition catalog.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • Juror's Choice & Honorable Mention winners will be offered free custom prints for the exhibit that are ecologically sound, sustainable and recyclable created by:  

  • 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: Dan Burkholder 


Dan Burkholder was one of the first photographic artists to embrace digital technology in the early 1990’s. True to his love of the traditional photograph, Dan uses digital technology to build images that still look and feel like realphotographs, not like something from a graphic designer’s portfolio. Melding his unique vision with mastery of both the wet and digital darkrooms, his platinum prints are now included in many museum and private collections.
Originating the digital-negative process in 1992, Burkholder has helped open doors for all black and white photographers interested in moving into the new electronic technologies. His award-winning book, Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing, is regarded as the most authoritative work in the field.
Dan has taught classes and workshops at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the lnternational Center of Photography in New York, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and others. Active with the Texas Photographic Society for many years, he is currently serving on the Advisory Board for this organization.
Dan Burkholder was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, an agri-industrial community in the Appalachian Mountains. He attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where he received his BA and Masters Degrees in Photography.