An Oceans' Dance

Black-and-white photograph of ocean waves crashing gently against a rocky shore located somewhere on the Palm Coast of Florida. | Photo Title: Rush In | Photo by Kelly O'Leary ©2020
Rush In | ©2020 Kelly O'Leary

Submission FAQ's

  • Eligibility: International
  • Deadline: 2024-01-30
  • Days Remaining:
  • Type: Online-Exhibit
  • Fee: $35 US
The inspiration for this call-for-entry comes from Kellys O'Learys', 'Of Sand and Sea' collection image, "Rush In", that depicts a serene and beautiful scene of ocean waves crashing gently against a rocky shore. O'Leary used a variety of techniques to create a dreamy effect, including a slight long-exposure to blur the waves. The composition is also very effective, with the rocky shoreline leading the eye into the distance. Overall, "Rush In" is a beautiful and well-composed photograph that captures the power and beauty of the ocean.

As a fine example for for this call, "Rush In" entails the viewer with waves rushing from and towards the shore, creating a sense of energy and movement that seem to be a dance in a graceful and powerful ballet. The photo also captures the contrast between the land and the sea where the rocky shore is solid and unchanging, while the waves are constantly moving and changing as if it where a dance. This contrast creates a sense of peace and tranquility, or even a relentless battle between water and earth as the viewer is reminded of the ever-changing nature of the world.

"Rush In" is a beautiful and evocative photograph that captures the beauty and power of the ocean. It is a reminder of the ever-changing nature of the world and the importance of finding peace and tranquility in the midst of change.


  • Eligibility: International
  • Opens: 2023-12-15
  • Type: Online-Exhibit
  • Fee: $35 US


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  • Platinum: $500 US
  • Gold: $300 US
  • Silver: $250 US
  • Bronze: $125 US

Call-For-Entry Details

The Copperprint will be calling for a special entry of photographs capturing the beauty where oceans meet land, titled “An Oceans’ Dance”. Photographers are invited to explore the natural features of the coastal environment, with an eye towards capturing the magical moment when & where these elements come together.

Who is Eligible

All photographers are invite to submit their work for consideration. The Gallery will be taking submissions of any photographic artworks that relate to the beauty of the world’s oceans. From tranquil stills to powerful oceanic motion; from majestic shorelines to the thriving microcosmos. Any photographs that connect somehow to a nautical Earthly beauty are welcome.

What is Accepted

Images will be judged on quality and creativity, with a preference given to images submitted in high resolution, as well as compositions showing a unique perspective of the coastal environment. The judging panel will be composed of three experienced photographers in the field where one is selected by the sponsors of The Copperprint Gallery.

When is The Call & Exhibit

An Oceans' Dance is open for submissions until Tuesday, January 30, 2024 and participants should submit up to five works on their respective theme. All submissions will be reviewed by an independent panel of international photography professionals, who will carefully evaluate each individual project and subsequently shortlist one image each from 10 contestants for a online-exhibit on The Copperprint website, and will remain accessible indefinitely, starting Friday, March 1, 2024. Best-of-Show winners will be announced near the close of the exhibition, with the corresponding prizes listed below for the three projects including featured artist page in our esteemed artist directory.

How to Apply to This Call

Those considering participation in the call-for-entry will be hard-pressed to find an ideal habitat for their photographs better than at The Copperprint. Not only does the space provide a prestigious setting, its versatility offers prospective applicants the opportunity to employ a variety of approaches between the aesthetics and conceptual.

The Copperprint acknowledges the importance of providing an avenue for photographers to show their work to the public. This call-for-entry is a way for photographers to present their personal style on this expansive topic in a professional setting. To apply, photographers must fill out the official application on the Copperprint website. The submission period will be open until Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

Online submission and fees are being handled ONLY by The Copperprint using Stripe. When the call is open, an apply button to submit your images will become available on this page. The Copperprint submission process and uploading of your images is simple and easy to use. Cost is $35 US for upto 5 images. If you wish to submit more images that are related to this call's theme, you may apply again for as many times as you like at the same fee of $35 US per 5 images. There is no limit to the number of submissions.

If you are accepted as a participant for exhibition, you will receive a 'Notification of Acceptance' email from The Copperprint with farther instructions that will include a link to a form requesting additional information; e.g. artist statement, bio, website and social account links, etc. -- this additional information will help us market & promote you and your images on our website as well as various social media accounts, collaborators, and stakeholders alike.

Final Thoughts

This themed call-for-entry is a perfect chance for all photographers to showcase their work to a wide audience. The Copperprint Gallery invites emerging and established photographers alike to submit their compelling shots, no matter their art level or experience. The gallery encourages all photographers to explore the beautiful themes encompassed within the oceans, such as creation and destruction, renewal and symbiosis, stillness and dynamism.

Best of Show & Awards

Promoted Group Exhibition

All selected artworks will be paid-promoted as a group for a duration of one full month from Friday, March 1, 2024 to Monday, April 1, 2024 and the online-exhibit will remain accessible indefinitely for search engine indexing and discovery to all.

Peer Juried

The Best of Show awards will be given at four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Entrants accepted into this online-exhibit will have their works rated by an anonymous survey emailed out to all accepted participants by means of a star-rating system.

As an esteemed judge of this Call for Entry, you will have the exclusive honor and privilege of selecting the winners of this hosted photography event. The winning entries will be announced in a Virtual Awards Ceremony around Friday, March 15, 2024.

Awards for this Call

  • Platinum Award
    • $500 US
    • 1 Month Paid Promotion
    • Featured Artist Page*
    • Individual Landing Pages* for 10 Images
    • Online Group Gallery

  • Gold Award
    • $300 US
    • 3 Week Paid Promotions
    • Featured Artist Page**
    • Individual Landing Pages* for 4 Images
    • Online Group Gallery

  • Silver Award
    • $250 US
    • 2 weeks Paid Promotions
    • Featured Artist Page* w/2 additional images
    • Individual Landing Pages* for 2 Images
    • Online Group Gallery

  • Bronze Award
    • $125 US
    • 1 week Paid Promotions
    • Featured Artist Page*
    • Individual Landing Page* for the Awarded Image
    • Online Group Gallery

*Live example of a Featured Artist Page
*Live example of a Image Landing Page
- Some features may not be available at this time (i.e. limited print services)

Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline: . . Tuesday, January 30, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: . . Thursday, February 15, 2024
  • Show Gallery Open Dates: . . Friday, March 1, 2024
  • Awards Reception: . . Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Show Closes: . . Monday, April 1, 2024

(NOTE: Dates are subject to change according to unexpected circumstances).

Guest Juror Introduction

Kelly O'Leary of Florida, USA | Photo by Kelly O'Leary ©2020
©2020 Kelly O'Leary

Our special guest juror, Kelly O’Leary, is a full-time multidisciplinary visual artist currently residing and working on the northeast coast of florida. O’Leary creates contemporary, minimalist fine art photography as well as mixed media abstract artworks. all of her works, from monochrome photographic images to highly-textured canvases worked in a curated palette of natural, neutral hues as well as her fluid works on paper are all inspired by the coast–from land to sea.

Organic, restrained, refined, and always crafted with genuine and thoughtful intention, her works have been showcased in galleries all over the world.

Visit Kellys' Artist Page

Why Exhibit at The Copperprint

The foremost benefit of using The Copperprint for exhibits is that it allows for a broad reach to potential buyers. With Copperprint’s extensive influence in the art world, exhibits hosted Online and at our brick-and-mortar gallery (currently under renovation), can be seen by collectors, interior designers, and tourists from around the world. This is especially crucial for those looking to gain exposure and make connections within their chosen field. To further ensure that potential buyers find the gallery, exhibits, and most importantly, individual advertisements for our featured artists; The Copperprint uses paid, international promotions directed at professional interior designers, collectors, and other galleries using ads in Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google, giving all potential customers a direct and accessible view of the gallerys offerings.

*The Artists' terms for submission can be read here...