Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit

First Ever Local Smartphone Photo Contest/Exhibit and Activities at Cooperative Gallery

The first-ever local Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit will open First Friday March 2nd at the Cooperative Gallery 213 and run until March 24th. According to Peg Johnston, curator of the show, “Smartphone photos are ubiquitous on social media and at all gatherings, and I am curating this show to see the best of our smartphone pictures on the wall of a gallery.”

In advance of the Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit at the Cooperative Gallery, fine art photographer JW Johnston shares techniques to produce smartphone images worthy of a gallery wall.  During his free, 90-minute presentation J.W. introduces you to image capture and editing apps he uses and shows how to apply photographic technical and creative fundamentals when using your phone. Johnston (no relation) is a professional photographer and instructor at SUNY Broome; his website is at

Participating photographers will gather for a Gallery Tour including brief presentations by entrants and lots of tech talk. The announcement of winners of People’s Choice and other Judges’ Choice awards at 1 pm on Saturday March 17th.  The public is welcome.

The Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit is an open themed show and there will be cash prizes including People’s Choice as well as Judge’s Choice. The drop off for entries to the Smartphone Photo Contest/Exhibit is Feb 24-25, 12-4 pm each day at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. Binghamton. Each person may submit up to 3 photos and the entry fee is $10 per photo with proceeds split between cash prizes for winners and a donation to the Dept. of Public Art. Photos must be ready to hang on the wall and may be offered for sale; sales are subject to 20% commission to the Gallery. More info and registration at or watch for updates on the Facebook Event at Cooperative Gallery 213.

The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at Artists Row –State of the Art, 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.  A free weekly e-newsletter is available by signing up at or on Facebook  at Cooperative Gallery 213.


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