Bristol Rythm & Roots Reunion Through Your Eyes Community Calll Out for Photography Submissions

Call for Entries: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion through Your Eyes

Submission Guidelines

Please review all of the guidelines to ensure that your entries are not disqualified. Submissions that do not follow the below guidelines will not be considered.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 24 at 5:00pm!

This summer the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will host a new special exhibit Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion through Your Eyes. The juried exhibit, created in-house by the museum’s curatorial team, will be based on the photography of Bristol Rhythm fans and festivalgoers. Therefore, BCM is issuing a “community call-out” for photographs taken at any Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion from its beginnings in 2001 to the most recent festival in 2017 – these can include shots of all aspects of the festival from the performances on stage and buskers on the street to people enjoying the festival atmosphere to the variety of activities on offer such as Children’s Day or jam workshops.

The images will be judged by professional photographers Neil Staples, Jay Phyfer, and Billie Wheeler, former Virginia Intermont professors and alumni, all of whom have also photographed the festival and other BCM music events. Photographs will be judged and chosen on the basis of quality and content. The chosen images will then be included and credited in the special exhibit on a series of designed panels.

The exhibit is tentatively set to open in the Special Exhibits Gallery of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on August 11, 2018 and be on display through October 21, 2018

Anyone is eligible to enter, regardless of amateur or professional status, residence, or age.*
*Individuals under the age of 18 will be requested to provide written parental/guardian consent should their work be selected.

Deadline for Entries
Entries open on March 22, 2018, and all entries must be submitted by 5:00 PM on April 24, 2018.
You will be informed of whether any of your images have been chosen for inclusion in the exhibit by June 15, 2018.

Copyright and Usage Permissions
Your entry certifies that images submitted by you are your original artwork and do not infringe on the rights of any other party.

Entry grants permission to Birthplace of Country Music to use or publish images of your work to report on or promote the exhibit, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival, or any other future BCM programming and materials. This can include print materials and online usage such as the BCM website or in an online exhibit.

The artist maintains the copyright of the images at all times.

You agree to indemnify and hold Birthplace of Country Music, its representatives, and its employees harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand relating to any claim made by any third party due to your work being displayed or used by Birthplace of Country Music.

While all reasonable caution in handling and safeguarding physical entries will be exercised, you agree that Birthplace of Country Music is not liable or responsible for any loss, damage, or theft of physical entries including CDs, thumb drives, and prints.

Entry Requirements
All entries must be photographs taken during any one of the 17 annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festivals. They may have been shot with either digital or film. They must be family-friendly or they will not be reviewed for entry.

Photographs with watermarks or digital frames will not be accepted.

We will accept submissions both digitally and physically.* Please review the guidelines for each type of submission below; submissions that do not follow these rules will not be considered for the exhibit. We will not accept submissions through email or postal delivery.

**You must include the Submission Form, fully filled out either online for digital submission or on paper for physical submissions. Failure to include the Submission Form will disqualify your entry.**


Submission of an entry to this exhibit signifies acceptance of all stated conditions and requirements.

Digital Submissions (Recommended)

Entries Allowed: up to 5 images may be submitted digitally

File Format: JPEG (JPG)

Dimensions: minimum of 1200 pixels on the smallest side (2000 pixels or larger recommended)

Max file size: 4 MB – Upload your file to Dropbox and Provide Link in Form Below

Submission Form: see below

File Name: each file name must include the photographers first and last name and the year it was taken; it may also include additional information describing the subject of the photograph, but is not required (example: 2017_JohnDoe_Steeldrivers.JPG

Recommended (not required): RGB color space, 150 dpi or higher

Physical Submissions

Must be delivered in person to the Birthplace of Country Music administration office at 416 State Street, Bristol, TN before 5:00 PM on the day of the deadline, April 19. Click on the following links to download the physical submission information and forms:

Submission Guidelines

Print Submission Form

Entries Allowed: up to 5 digital images on a CD or thumb drive may be submitted (these entries follow the same requirements as laid out for digital submissions above); OR up to 3 printed images may be submitted

Print Size: minimum of 4 x 6″ (recommended 8 x 10″)

Submission Form and Print Label: each print must be submitted along with the Submission Form and labeled as instructed by that document

Submission Form: Print Submission Form

Any CD, thumb drive, or print submissions must be picked up from the BCM admin office at 416 State Street, Bristol, TN on a weekday between August 1-14 (unless otherwise arranged) or they are forfeited and become property of BCM. BCM is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen submission.  


Please review the guidelines to ensure that your entries are not disqualified. Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.

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MUSEUM: 101 Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201
(423) 573-1927

BUSINESS OFFICE: 416 State Street, Suite A
Bristol, TN 37620
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