National photographic competition and exhibition

2015 Juror

Shannon Thomas Perich

Curator, Photographic History Collection, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Sponsored by Freeman Health System.

Hosted annually by Spiva Center for the Arts, the competition is open to all amateur and professional U. S. photographers.

Established in 1977, PhotoSpiva is now the longest-running competition of its kind.

National Exhibition

March 7 – May 3, 2015


222 W. 3rd Street, Joplin, M0 64801


Place Value
1st $1,000
2nd $750
3rd $500
Merit award (3) $150
Honorable mention (3) $100


PhotoSpiva is open to any amateur or professional photographer in the United States or its territories. Submitted images must be the photographer’s own work, and it is the sole responsibility of the photographer to obtain written releases from any recognizable person(s) depicted. Two-dimensional work derived from any photographic process — traditional, digital, or photo-based mixed media — is eligible as long as the work is original and has never been exhibited at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Three–dimensional work is not eligible for this competition and exhibition.

Entry fee

A $40 fee is required to enter up to five (5) photos. If you wish to submit more than five images, each additional entry is $10.

How do I enter?

Return to this site on Nov. 28, 2014.

You’ll be able to enter online.

What do I need to enter?

The images need to be JPEG formatted and in RGB color mode. You aren’t required to give us a specifically sized image, but a good guideline is to make either the width or the height about 1600 pixels and maintain the aspect ratio.

2015 competition results

Juror: Shannon Thomas Perich

Competition results will be available soon. Please check back.