Nighttime photography; delve into the darkest hours to uncover secrets and mysteries.

Photographers have long embraced the literary and artistic tradition of the night as theme and subject in their work. The romantic notions and sense of mystery associated with the night, and the transformation from the mundane world to the unknown provide ample material for photographers to explore through their work.

Tim Baskerville, founder of the night photography organization, The Nocturnes, has said, “Surrealism, the mystery of place, solitude, and a heightened sense of the nature of things - night photography seems a worthy vehicle, a ritual to express these themes.”

Juror Lance Keimig, states, “The night holds secrets - secrets that may engage our curiosity, shelter us, or frighten us. There are those who seek comfort in the night and those who recoil from it. Brave was the ancestor who stepped outside of the fire circle for her might never return. The interplay of light, shadow, and extremes of contrast heighten this uncertainty - and when the element of time is added in the form of long exposures, the night photograph is indeed a worthy vehicle to express these themes.”

Darkroom Gallery is calling for nighttime imagery that conveys mystery, surrealism, isolation, loneliness and time/timelessness.


Juror Lance Keimig is best known for his night photographs, which are often made at the juncture of the built and natural environments. His book, Night Photography - Finding Your Way in the Dark, was published by Focal Press in August of 2010, and has been translated into six languages. A revised and expanded second edition was published in July of 2015. 

He has taught at the New England School of Photography in Boston since 2000, and has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Houston Center for Photography, and leads independent workshops across the country. Russell Brown, senior creative director for Adobe, said that Keimig may well be “one of the finest photography instructors on the planet.”

Keimig is a frequent speaker and workshop instructor for photographic events around the country. He has presented and taught at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, and was a featured speaker and workshop instructor at Estudio Brasil in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. He has lectured and taught for the Scottish Photographers Association in Glasgow, The School of Visual Arts in New York, B&H Event Space, and the New England Camera Club Council, among others.


Keimig continues to teach night photography and light painting workshops around the country, and also leads photo tours to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Cuba. His work has taken him to such far flung places such as Zimbabwe, where he did documentary photography for a medical mission, the Philippines to photograph a museum collection, and Japan where he photographed Buddhist temples. His photographs are held in numerous collections including the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts, the Boston Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, and the Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas.

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.


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.


Copyright: Photographers retain all rights to their work, except for submissions accepted for exhibition: artists grant Vermont Photo Space 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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