Telluride Institute News: Atlas of the San Miguel Photo Competition

Telluride Institute News: Atlas of the San Miguel Photo Competition

Drew Ludwig, Valley Floor #1

Contest Dates:  May 19 – July 15, 2011
Exhibition:  July 30 – August 28, 2011
Location:  Ah Haa School Depot Gallery, Telluride, Colorado

The Telluride Institute is proud to announce the Atlas of the San Miguel Photo Competition, a first annual juried photo exhibition celebrating the San Miguel River Watershed. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are encouraged to submit photographically generated works of art celebrating life in the watershed—in all of its many forms.

The photo competition is part of a larger exhibition at the Ah Haa School in August. The exhibition is divided into two components–an Invitational Exhibition featuring both local and nationally known artists and the Photo Exhibition featuring photos of the watershed.

The photo competition has both youth and adult divisions.

The exhibition as a whole uses art and technology as dual lenses for investigating the San Miguel river basin. The Atlas draws on local knowledge, scientific findings, and creative expression to craft an artful dialogue specific to the watershed. It is a springboard for visualizing and contemplating water as a cultural reflection, water as energy, as a connecting agent, the control of water, the complexity of water rights, public vs. private water, and water as aesthetic inspiration.


All residents of and visitors to the San Miguel River watershed are eligible to participate. All works must be original, and the image must feature aspects of the San Miguel watershed in some way. Photographs may be generated using any combination of analogue or digital processes—from iPhone images to professional view cameras. Digitally altered photographs and photo-montages are also acceptable—as long as all imagery is original.


The main subject(s) of your piece(s) must relate to the theme of the San Miguel River watershed. Any image or combination of images shot on site from the headwaters of the San Miguel River to its confluence with the Dolores River are acceptable. Cultural or human components in the piece are welcomed as long as they complement the major theme of “San Miguel River watershed” (for example, images of kayakers in the San Miguel River).


The jury for the exhibition will be comprised of the following:

  • Mark Klett, Regents Professor of Photography, Arizona State University
  • Baerbel Hacke, Gallery Manager, Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
  • Drew Ludwig, Photographer, Telluride, Colorado

For questions about the photo competition, contact Photo Competition director, Julia Nave at

 For questions about the Atlas of the San Miguel exhibition, contact Exhibition Co-curator, Dan Collins at

 For a prospectus with instructions on how to submit your work to the competition, go to the following:

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