Photography Contest – Fall 2023

Showcase your work while helping to share the magic, beauty, and wonder of Historic Collinsville. Professionals and amateurs alike are encouraged to submit photos that feature buildings, plants and animals, landscapes, and people enjoying the many activities available at Historic Collinsville. Historic Collinsville is a recreated 19th-century village. Contest winners will be announced at a reception and very special photo exhibit for one night only on October 5, 2023 (see info below).

Entry Fee $35

Up to 3 entries. $10/per additional entry.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Framed photographs may be submitted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, September 25, at VisitClarksville, 25 Jefferson Street, Suite 300. Photos must be taken at Historic Collinsville during the current calendar year. 

Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. at Historic Collinsville
FREE for the first 15 applicants
(FREE Homestyle Pioneer Lunch included)

Professional photographer, Susan Bryant, will conduct a free photography workshop for the first 15 applicants in the restored village of Historic Collinsville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023. 

Susan Bryant received her BA in painting from Indiana University and her MFA in photography from Indiana State University. She is a Professor Emerita of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she taught photography for nearly 40 years. Her personal work includes gelatin silver prints, hand-colored silver prints, digital photographs, and most recently, the 19th century wet plate collodion process, creating glass negatives and tintypes. Her work has been widely exhibited across the United States in solo and juried exhibitions. Her work is included in numerous public and corporate collections. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in photography and the Ovation Award for Individual Artist from the Center for Excellence in Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University. She is represented by The Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. 


Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
The Franklin Room, F&M Bank – 50 Franklin Street
Including awards ceremony and sales

1st Place – $300
2nd Place – $200
3rd Place – $100
Honorable mentions – $40


Amir Aghareb is a photographer, educator, and lifetime learner. His academic journey led him to acquire an MFA in Art with a specialization in Photography from Pennsylvania State University, after prior explorations in Architectural Engineering and Materials Engineering. Amir has exhibited his photos nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards. His fine art and commercial architectural photos have been widely published. He has been honored with photographic distinctions from international organizations, such as the Royal Photographic Society (England), the International Federation of Photographic Art (Belgium), the Global Photographic Union, and the Photographic Society of America. He is the Professor of Photography in the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.

Amir enjoys taking carefully composed 2D conventional photographs as well as non-conventional work that pushes the established norms of the medium. Illuminated encapsulated photographs in translucent cubic frames, laser-etched tea-toned cyanotypes of photographs taken by cellphone, heavily composited photographs that question the trustworthiness of a photograph and works that occupy the space rather than just a part of the wall are examples of his work.

In his recent work, Amir delves into the theme of physical spaces, engaging in an exploration of the striking similarities and intriguing disparities encountered during the process of relocation. His art carries a profound message of inner peace, encouraging individuals to unleash their imagination and envisage themselves in any desired locale. Moreover, his work prompts viewers to look high above when surrounded by unfamiliarity. As the Persian poet Sohrâb Sepehrî said: “No matter where I am, the sky is [still] mine”.