2023 Call for Entries

Wildlife of Lakewood

Photography Exhibition

Photo Credit: Lauren Lang

Hosted by Lakewood Cultural Center Corner Gallery

organized in partnership with

Sustainable Neighborhoods Program – Sustainable Eiber

Creative Brief

The goal of this wildlife photography exhibition is to raise awareness and appreciation of the wonderful animals and natural environments that help make Lakewood a beautiful place to live. Our aim is to encourage sustainability in all things in Lakewood - and beyond - by sharing inspiring and thoughtful images of Lakewood’s local wildlife. Through your experience with wildlife via the lens of your cell phone, point and shoot, or full frame camera you will share the wonders of the wildlife whose environment we share. We are open to all life stages, including eggs, larvae, juveniles, adults, and remnants (i.e. bones) respectfully depicted.


This exhibition is open to residents of Lakewood, Colorado to create awareness of the variety of wildlife that exists in our city. Professional and amateur photographers of all ages are welcome. You must currently live in Lakewood and the wildlife photograph must have been taken in Lakewood since January 1, 2020.

Children under 18 years must have a parent or guardian sign the release form during the artwork drop off at the Lakewood Cultural Center.

Recognition Awards

There are six major wildlife categories to explore: amphibian, bird, fish, insect, mammal, and reptile. Certificate awards for the artistic expression of the image(s) will be presented.

Screening Process

This is an inclusive exhibition, meaning that we strive to accommodate at least one work from all artists. Submissions will be screened by a panel, including Lakewood curators, and invited guest jurors, to ensure quality and applicability of work. Please note that depending on the number of submissions, the curation process, and other factors, not all submitted works are guaranteed entrance into the exhibition.

Submission Information

· Artists are invited to submit up to four (4) works via the submission form for consideration.

· The photos must be framed. Simple frames as well as matted and framed pieces are accepted. Outside dimensions of frames must be less than 24” on any side and ready to hang. Ready to hang means that there is hardware on the back that will hold the frame securely to a nail in the wall.

· Delivered photos must be the physical print of the image that was submitted digitally for jurying. Jurors reserve the right to reject any artwork not meeting this guideline.

· Offering your photos for sale during the exhibition is optional and up to the photographer. Lakewood Cultural Center will retain a 15% commission on all works sold and Sustainable Eiber will be allocated 10% as a donation for a total of 25%. It is the artist’s responsibility to collect and remit local and state sales taxes for any work sold.

By submitting your work, you agree to our use of your photograph. Photographs you submit will only be used for the following purposes - the exhibition, an online photo gallery, a video slideshow for public viewing, and the exhibit’s promotional materials.

Photo File Specifications

.jpg format.

File size not exceeding 10MB.

File name format: WOL-FirstName-Last Name-Title of Work-WxH

Example: WOL-Sam-Smith-Friendly Squirrel-16x24

Link to Submission Form:


Submission Timeline

· Submission Deadline: Sunday January 29st, 2023 at midnight

· Artist Notification Date: Week of January 30th, 2023

· Show Dates: March 1-31, 2023

Photo Drop Off and Pick Up Information

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy

· Drop Off: Saturday February 25th, 2023, between 9:30am-12pm.

· Pick Up: Saturday April 1st 2023, between 9:30am and 12pm.

If you are unable to drop off or pick up works during these times, you MUST make alternate arrangements with us via email ahead of time, WildlifeOfLakewood@gmail.com


Lakewood Cultural Center: is the artistic hub of the Lakewood community. It features a 320-seat theater, art galleries, fine art and dance studios, meeting and event spaces, and a full calendar of fine and performing art classes and camps, performances, and special events. https://lakewood.org/Government/Departments/Community-Resources/Arts-and-Culture/Lakewood-Cultural-Center

The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program - Lakewood: gives residents the opportunity to become active partners in making Lakewood a vibrant and sustainable community. Neighborhoods participating in this unique certification program use guidance from city staff to organize workshops, projects, and events that enhance the livability of their neighborhood and reduce residents’ ecological footprint. https://sustainableneighborhoodnetwork.org/sustainable-neighborhoods-lakewood

Lakewood Community Resources: Parks Division - oversees 7,300 acres of parkland and 67 sports fields, city street rights-of-way, landscaped medians, and neighborhood entries. Outdoor and environmental educational opportunities provided by the Parks Division are abundant in Lakewood. The city has 240 miles of multi-use trails, environmental education experiences and exemplary forestry and horticulture programs that protect and manage our urban forest. https://lakewood.org/Government/Departments/Community-Resources/Parks-Forestry-and-Open-Space

Sustainable Eiber: One of the first neighborhoods in Lakewood, Eiber is bounded by Colfax, Wadsworth, 6th Ave, and Oak St. It is named for George E. Eiber, a local poultry rancher of the early 20th century. Sustainable Eiber is an all-volunteer group of neighbors that coordinates and supports projects and initiatives that help make ‘Eiberhood’ a more sustainable and resilient place to live. https://SustainableEiber.org

Concluding Statement

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), wild animals (mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians) declined nearly 70% between 1970 and 2016. Insects, such as bees - the basis of the food chain - are similarly in drastic decline. These trends signal a fundamentally broken relationship between humans and the natural world. People are now using more of the Earth’s resources than can possibly be replenished. This overuse has a disastrous impact on biodiversity—the animal and plant life that together make up circle-of-life ecosystems. We destroy the planet at our peril—because it is our home, our mother, life itself.

But “there is reason to remain optimistic,” says WWF Global Chief Scientist Rebecca Shaw. “Young generations are becoming acutely aware of the link between planetary health and their own futures, and they are demanding action from our leaders. We must support them in their fight for a just and sustainable planet.”

Questions? Email: WildlifeOfLakewood@gmail.com