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Deadline: May 29, 2013
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: $24/First 4 images $5/each additional image

In Bloom Photo contest

logodrlogo31 Flower among flowers, soft bud swooning, opening her lovely petals, bursting forth with life. Blooms gladden all they espy; youthful candor and fragrance abounding! They summon romantic gestures, evoke seasonal rebirth and highlight a raw yet delicate beauty. Show us your most sensual works exploring flower power. Rapturous still life images; the bloom on the vine, the bud in the vase. Floral portraiture ever-nuanced, ever-growing. Humans bloom like flora and fauna; the girl on the cusp of womanhood, a boy breaching the threshold to manhood. Romance us with your interpretations of this tenuous beauty, these arrangements of organic sensuality.

Jurors: Mark Sink & Kristen Hatgi Sink
Mark Sink, photographer, curator and teacher, has been and making a living from fine art photography since 1978. He is well known for his imagery made with the toy plastic camera the Diana. Currently, also a reverse technology, he is producing collodion wet plate photographs. His personal work is in numerous museum collections as well as gallery solo and group shows in the US, South America and Europe. He is currently represented by G. Ray Hawkins in CA. Robin Rice in NY, Paul Cava in Philadelphia, Rule Gallery in Denver. As a photographer of fine art he worked with and documented noted artists lives and their work such as Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat and Rene Ricard.

His curatorial photography projects are numerous. Critical acclaim with the Museum Of Contemporary Art/Denver photography exhibitions should be noted where Mark was a co-founder and director from 1999-2000. Mark recently is a private art consultant in Denver, independently curating showing a wide range of emerging artist’s with internationally known names. Recent shows at Gallery Sink are Emotional Distance (landscape), Human Form and Social Landscapes(social documentary). Photography exhibits culled from and created on the Internet has been a fifteen-year passion with Mark. He achieved successful results with web sites such as ( and by assembling traveling exhibitions from the net such as “Off The Highway”.

Mark’s family heritage in photography runs deep. Sink’s on-going research is on his great grand father photographer James L. Breese, who was the founder, member and primary inspiration for the Camera Club of NY one of the earliest grouping of fine art photographers in America. And further back Samuel Finley Breese Morse, (Breese’s uncle), was “the father of American photography” and inventor of the telegraph. With this legacy in mind Sink, has formed a monthly Salon of artists both on the Internet and in his living room.

Kristen Hatgi was born in Denver Colorado on the 24th of December 1984. At the age of twelve she borrowed her dad’s camera to create staged situations in her room. At sixteen she took a photography class at her high school and was thereafter committed to the medium.

Her love for art and photography carried her to Boston where she spent five years studying at the Art Institute of Boston. Kristen graduated with a bachelor in Fine Arts in May of 2008.

Kristen lives in Denver where she collaborates with her Husband Mark Sink creating wet plate collodion photographs. She also works as a commercial photographer, and designer. She has exhibited her photography in NYC, Boston, DC, and Denver. Kristen spends most of her time thinking about or making photography.

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.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: 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.

People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit. ELIGIBILITY: International / 18+ Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Photographers retain all the rights to their work. USAGE RIGHTS: Artists grant Darkroom Gallery the right to use their images to promote the exhibition and for display on Darkroom Gallery website and for inclusion in an exhibit catalog.

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