Bob Johnston Photography Competition in 8th Year

Installation of “Il Cono” in governmental plaza. Photo by Bob Johnston

The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club are sponsoring the 8th Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition January 4-26th, 2019. “Now in its eighth year, this Photo Competition attracts the best photography in the Southern Tier in both black and white and color,” according to Geof Gould of the Cooperative Gallery. “We are very excited to welcome back JW Johnston, a fine art photographer and photography instructor, as our judge.” A reception for the photographers, friends, and the public will take place January 4th at the First Friday Art Walk from 6-9, with gallery hours starting at 3 pm that day. The Exhibit will be open Fridays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment until January 26th. Prizes and cash awards for the winners will be announced at First Friday, January 4th at 7:00 pm at the reception. This year there will also have a People’s Choice Award with voting throughout the show.

“Gioia con Bolle di Sapone” (“Joy with Bubbles,”) by Richard E. Lee, Best of Show in 2018

Photographers are eligible to enter up to three photos in any format in this open themed show. There will be cash prizes for Best of Show, two Judge’s Choice each in Black and White and Color, and ten Honorable Mentions will also be awarded. Photos may be submitted Thursday, December 27, 10 am-2 pm, Saturday December 29 12-4 pm. (Pick-up dates are Sat. Jan 27th 4-6 pm and Sun. Jan. 28th 3-6 pm. For complete guidelines, please consult the gallery website at or the club website Or email

The Competition is named for Bob Johnston, a lifelong photographer and a gallery member who died in 2010. “Bob Johnston was an ‘Ansell Adams’ kind of photographer who worked mostly in black and white film and favored both urban and natural landscapes,” said Bill Gorman, also a photographer. Bob Johnston defined a good photo this way: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”

The Two Rivers Photography Club has monthly meetings, skill building sessions, and competitions throughout the year. The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at 213 State Street in Binghamton, is open on First Friday 3- 9 pm and regularly Fridays from 3-6 and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213 and sign up for a weekly e-newsletter on our website at or on Facebook.


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