Historic Spanish Point’s Inaugural Photographic Contest

Presented by the Historic Spanish Point Volunteer Association

Historic Spanish Point’s Volunteer Association is proud to present the inaugural Pictures at The Point Photographic Contest. We welcome photographers of all levels and experience to enter their original works of photographs taken at Historic Spanish Point. Entries will be judged for ribbon prizes and displayed in the new gallery at Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center for public viewing.

Proceeds of this photographic contest benefit Historic Spanish Point and the critical work of its Volunteer Association. 

Contest Rules

  1. Photographs must be taken at Historic Spanish Point within the last year. All photographs must be original works and owned by the entrant.
  2. Photographs must be printed 16″x 20″ and mounted on 16″ x 20″ black foam core. (Matting and framing are not allowed.)
  3. Each entrant may submit up to two photographs.
  4. Basic editing, such as cropping, is allowed. No special effects or techniques are permitted.
  5. All photographs must have attached Entry Form A (download a printable entry form below). Please affix to the back, right-hand corner of the foam core.
  6. Entry form B (online or paper) and payment must be received before or at the time of drop off of the photograph.

Important Dates for Entrants:

March 15, 2019 – The first day entries can be accepted. Entrants may drop off their original works at the Historic Spanish Point Visitor Centers from 1pm-5pm, Monday through Friday.

April 1, 2019 –DEADLINE for all entries.

April 10, 2019 — Opening Reception 5:30-7:30pm.

April 24, 2019 — Winners announced in each category. Winners will be notified via email and will be posted on this webpage and Historic Spanish Point’s Facebook page.

May 15, 2019 — Photos must be picked up (9:00am-5:00pm)

Opening Reception

We welcomed many guests and photographers on Wednesday, April 10 for our opening reception. Guests voted on the People’s Choice award.

Congratulations to our People’s Choice Winner:

Ernie Aranyosi, “The Packing House”

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter? What is the cost to enter?

Anyone can enter the Pictures at The Point Photographic Contest; excludes Historic Spanish Point staff.

Entrants may submit up to two photographs. One entry form per submission is required.

Entry fees:

  • Historic Spanish Point Members: $15 for first entry; $10 for second entry.
  • Future Members: $20 for first entry; $15 for second entry.

All entries support the mission of Historic Spanish Point and the critical work of its Volunteer Association.

How do I enter?

There are two easy ways to enter:

1.) Online Entries — Please complete Form B with payment (online form at the bottom of this page). You will drop off your photograph(s) during the drop off period (see Important Dates for Entrants above). Do not forget to print and affix Form A to your entry. (Click the button under Download a printable entry form.)

2.) In Person — You may print an entry form from this webpage or pick up a form in person at our Visitor’s Center. Payment can be made at that time.


All entries must have a paper or online form, plus adequate payment at time of photograph drop off.

What photographs are accepted?

All photographs must be taken at the Historic Spanish Point museum site, and have been taken within the last year. All entries must be original works and owned by the entrant.

Basic editing (such as cropping) are permitted. However, no special effects/techniques may be used. Text, logos or names cannot be displayed on the photos. (Please note: existing museum signage is permitted.)

Photography contest entrants are NOT excluded from paying for museum admission (unless a current Historic Spanish Point Member). If you would like to visit the museum for purposes of taking photos for this contest, admission fees will still apply.

What sizes are accepted? How should I mount my photo?

Photographs must be 16″x20″ and mounted on black foam core. Matting and framing are not permitted. Photographs may be horizontal (landscape) or vertical (portrait).

All printing and mounting costs are the responsibility of the entrant.

All entries MUST have a copy of Form A (see entry form) attached to the back, lower right corner of form core board. 

How are pieces judged? What are the prizes?

Our judges will be looking for the following:

  • Adherence/Appropriateness to the theme
  • Uniqueness of concept
  • Originality
  • Clarity of expression
  • Humor/Creativity
  • Innovative means of delivering message
  • Entertainment quality

Judges will give ribbon prizes for the First, Second, and Third place in each category. 

An additional “People’s Choice” prize will be voted on by attendees and announced at the Opening Reception on April 10. 

Who are the judges?

Eileen Maris Cohen

Eileen Maris Cohen attended Maryland Institute of Fine Art and the University Of Maryland. She spent her career as an advertising artist and Art Director, as well as a teacher/ lecturer at New College and the Venice Audubon Center. Ms. Cohen serves as a photographer for the Sarasota Orchestra Association and the Sarasota Chalk Festival. She also serves as a Moderator for the Venice Camera Club. Ms. Cohen is the winner of many Local, Regional and National Competitions.

Sal Catizone

Mr. Catizone attended Lehigh University, and spent his career as a mechanical engineer. His passion is photographing Florida’s plethora of birds, wildlife, butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers. Mr. Catizone also shares his talents and photographic skills as a teacher and lecturer in the area and is a winner of many local photography competitions.

John Worrall

Mr. Worrall is a long time volunteer at Historic Spanish Point. He developed an interest in photography very early and built an in-home darkroom to process his photos. John has been involved with a number of photography clubs and participated in several juried exhibits. He has traveled widely, photographing nature and children.

How long will my piece be on display? Can I sell my photograph?

All entries will be on display at the Historic Spanish Point gallery (located within the Visitor Center) from April 10, 2019 to May 12, 2019. Entrants are encouraged to attend the Opening Reception on April 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Entries must be picked up on May 15, 2019 (9am-5pm).

Entrants can sell copies of their photograph. A 40% commission on sales from the exhibit will be withheld by Historic Spanish Point. The original gallery exhibit piece must remain on display throughout the exhibition period. 

I have additional questions. Who should I contact?

Please contact our Volunteer Manager, Marianne Gordon, at or (941) 966-5214.