Call to Artists

Recent Eruption Photography Exhibit & Contest

 at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Exhibit Dates: February 25th – April 2nd,  2023

A Call to Artists:

Entry Dates:  January 5th – 31st, 2023.

Juried photography exhibit celebrating recent Eruption activity on Hawaiʻi Island!

Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, HI – The Volcano Art Center is currently accepting entries for a juried photography exhibit and contest celebrating recent eruption activity on Hawaiʻi Island.

Mauna Loa Volcano began erupting for the first time in nearly four decades in Moku‘āweoweo Caldera on November 27, 2022. By the next morning, activity had migrated to a cluster of four fissures northeast of the summit. One of these —fissure 3—quickly became dominant, producing a long lava flow that spanned more than 10 kilometers (6 miles). In honor of this very special event, and the reactivation of Kīlauea since January 5th, 2023 the Volcano Art Center is soliciting photographic works of art that celebrate these recent events.

The photographs will be judged by professional photographers G. Brad Lewis and David Jordan. Both photographers have extensive portfolios spanning decades from past volcanic eruptions and have been published in magazines worldwide.

Works of art must be submitted digitally at

Images may be created in black & white or color, on paper, metal, encaustic, photo transfers, or other alternative processes.  Categories include adult, youth and phone photography with cash prizes in each category. Phone Photography entries submitted need not be printed.  Phone Photographs selected will only be displayed electronically on VAC’s virtual Gallery exhibit page and on VAC’s Instagram and Facebook platforms with proper credit to each photographer.

Submit Your Images by following the links below:

Adult Entry Form (Professional & Hobbyist)

Youth Entry Form

Phone Photography Entry Form (Adult & Youth)

Deadline to apply: January 31st at 11:59 PM

Entry forms:  All entries must be submitted digitally.   A photograph of each artwork is required to complete the online submission.

Entry Fee: A non-refundable entry fee must accompany each Adult (Professional & Hobbyist) entry ($10 each entry/$5 each VAC Member). Adult entries are limited to 3 entries per person. Youth (children under the age of 18 yrs) and all Phone Photography entries are free. There is no limit to multiple entries in the Youth and Phone Photograph categories(both youth or Adult). If submitting multiple entries in the Youth or Phone categories please submit a web form for each entry.

Jurors:  G. Brad Lewis and David Jordan

The photographs will be judged by professional photographers G. Brad Lewis and David Jordan. Both photographers have extensive portfolios spanning decades from past volcanic eruptions and have been published in magazines worldwide.

G. Brad Lewis is a world-renowned volcano and nature photographer. His images have been featured on the covers of Life, National Geographic, Natural History, Nature’s Best, Terra, Geo, and dozens of other publications, as well as accompanying articles in many magazines, including Time, Outside, Fortune, Newsweek, Sunset, Mens Journal, Forbes, and Stern. Brad’s award-winning photos of erupting volcanoes have been widely exhibited, and he’s appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS Evening News, and on the Discovery and Disney Channels.
He’s been featured in Photo District News, Outdoor Photographer, Studio Photography & Design and Newsweek. His work is displayed in fine galleries as well as many public, corporate and private collections. Inspired by nature’s beauty and variety, Brad is based out of Hawai`i, Utah and Alaska, traveling several months each year to pursue his art. “My life’s mission is to connect the viewer to a deep understanding and appreciation of the Earth. This incredible planet of ours is a living, breathing entity. In my ‘LavArt’ series, I use the movement, light and texture of our most active volcano to open human emotions to the pulse the planet.”

Volcano artist David Jordan has been photographing lava since 2002. As he states, “my goal as a lava photographer is to channel the constantly changing artistic magic of Madam Pele into a visually and emotionally stimulating moment preserved on paper. I have always found inspiration in the colors and patterns that occur in nature, and the lava flows of Kīlauea provide an endless and constantly evolving subject matter. With luck and persistence I have been fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right moment on many occasions and I hope that my photographs do justice to the spirit of Pele.”

Volcano Art Center Gallery is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational organization founded in 1974.
Mission: Volcano Art Center develops, promotes and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i’s people through the arts and education.
Vision: Volcano Art Center is a place of creative exploration, discovery, and empowerment, providing the Volcano community, Hawai`i Island residents and visitors with opportunities for educational and spiritual enrichment. Volcano Art Center is a dynamic organization that benefits the economic and cultural vitality of Hawai`i Island.
Important Dates:
Deadline to Apply: January 31st at 11:59PM
Acceptance: Artists will be notified of acceptance by February 6th, 2023.
Selected works may be shipped as long as they are received by Monday, February 20th.
Drop off of selected works of art in person on Monday 20th, between 10am -2pm at VAC’s
Niaulani Campus. (19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. ) in Volcano, Hawaiʻi.
Exhibition: February 25 – April 2, 2023


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