The St. Johns Cultural Council announces a Call to Artists: Photography

Applications open on March 8, 2021 and close on April 30, 2021 
Selections announced on or before May 17, 2021

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As the Local Arts Agency for St. Johns County, Florida, the St. Johns Cultural Council is curating a photography exhibition in honor of the County’s 200th anniversary.  Opening in the Rotunda of the County Administration Building on July 20th, 2021, the exhibition will include both historic and contemporary photographs of iconic places found in each of the County’s five Commission districts.

Photographers who are residents of St. Johns County are invited to submit up to three digital images from each of the five districts for consideration by an art selection panel, which will select between two and four images from each district for inclusion in the exhibition.  Selections will be blind (the identity of the photographer will be unknown to the panel) and it is possible that a photographer may have as many as five images (one from each district) selected for the exhibition.  The panel will score applications based on artistic merit and the historic significance of the subject in the photograph.

Photographers will receive a $200 fee for each image selected by the panel, for up to 5 images and a total of $1,000.  Selected images will be exhibited during the 200th anniversary celebration and will become part of a permanent County art collection.  All costs of printing and preparing the images for exhibition will be funded by the Cultural Council. 

Visitors to the exhibition and online gallery will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite image. The creator of the image receiving the most votes will receive an additional $500 stipend after closing of the exhibition. 

A map of the County Commission Districts may be found here:  District Map

Examples of  historically significant subjects in each district include, but are not limited to:

District One - this District includes the northwestern portion of the County and landmarks such as Beluthahatchee and Alpine Groves.

District Two - this District includes the central / southwestern portion of the County and the Hastings community with landmarks such as Hastings High School, places of worship, historic commercial buildings, and agricultural properties and facilities such as the Potato Growers Building.

District Three - this District includes southeastern portion of the County and Crescent Beach.  A portion of the A1A Scenic Byway is here, as well as a portion of Marineland.

District Four - this District includes the northeastern portion of the County and communities such as Ponte Vedra, Nocatee and Palencia.  Natural resources such as the Guana River Wildlife Management Area, the beaches and historic lodging such as the Ponte Vedra Inn and the Lodge at Ponte Vedra are located here.

District Five - this District includes Vilano Beach, downtown St. Augustine and the City of St. Augustine Beach.  Many historic landmarks, including portions of Flagler College, the Alcazar Hotel / Lightner Museum, Excelsior School / Lincolnville Museum, the Bridge of Lions, the St. Augustine Beach Hotel / Cultural Arts Center, and dozens more, are located in this area.

Questions about the Call to Artists and the application may be directed to


Post Date

March 5, 2021