Augusta Photo Festival

October 19 - 28, 2018  

In addition to the photo competition and educational workshops, the Augusta Photo Festival is proud to present events and exhibitions around town related to photography. We hope to see you at many of them. 


Keynote Presentation
Science and Inspiration
Brion Au, Payload Developer, International Space Station
Friday, October 19, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Snelling Conference Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA
Free, preregistration is requested (visit the Workshops tab)


Take an insightful look through the lens back at Earth from outer space. Enjoy a breathtaking selection and discussion of NASA images with EarthKAM Payload Developer and Operations Lead, Brion Au. Brion will explain the processes used to capture and process images from a variety of platforms used by NASA both on the ground and in space. Gather inspiration for your own photographic explorations from this unique view of the world from beyond!

Brion Au works for Teledyne Brown Engineering as the EarthKAM Operations Lead with the Training & Crew Operations Branch, Mission Operations Laboratory, Marshall Space Flight Center. Overseeing the development of training and real-time flight products, he coordinates actions of the EarthKAM Mission Operations Center with the Payload Operations Integration Center during EarthKAM missions onboard the International Space Station.



Be an Artist, Live your Dream, Create an Income
Photographer: Joel Grimes
October 20, 2018, 6 to 8 pm
Jesse Norman School of the Arts (JNSA), 739 Greene Street, Augusta GA
Free, preregistration is requested (visit the Workshops tab)

CJoel Grimes Portrait High Resanon Explorer of Light Joel Grimes, a highly sought-after lecturer, considers himself an ambassador for both the art and process of photography. His work encompasses both commercial assignments and independent vision projects including his series of Harley Davidson owners and their motorcycles (featured in the Augusta Photo Festival “Juxtapositions” show at JNSA). Joel will explain how to turn your photography passion into a profession. He shatters the misconceptions of how the marketplace works and explains to how to survive as an artist in the competitive world. Find out how to go from barely making enough money to pay your rent, to traveling the world shooting ad campaigns for the biggest clients on the planet. Be inspired to live your dream and thrive in the marketplace.
Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar available.




Moving Moments: A Gallery Talk and Lecture
Photographer: Richard Calmes
October 24, 2018, 6 to 8 pm
Jessye Norman School of the Arts, 739 Greene Street, Augusta GA
Free, preregistration is requested (visit the Workshops tab)

RRichard Calmes selfportrait copyichard Calmes, noted ballet photographer, will explain how he captures his stunning images of dancers in the studio, nature, and urban settings. He’ll provide many “making-of” and behind-the-scenes examples , including some from the works on exhibit at JNSA and his most recent book, also entitled “Moving Moments.” (copies will be available for purchase and autograph.)






Art at Lunch with Elmore DeMott
Friday, October 26, 2018, 12 noon
Morris Museum of Art, 1 Seventh Street, Augusta GA

As part of her month-long exhibition, Elmore DeMott talks about her art during lunch. Reservations ARE required and MUST be made directly with the Morris Museum of Art. The cost is $12 for members, $16 for non-members. RSVP by October 24, 2018 by calling the Morris Museum at (706) 828-3867.

Sunday, October 28, 3:30 to 5:30pm
Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta

VAPF 2016 0019 smalleriew first hand the best photos entered in the 2018 APF photo competition as you mingle with fellow photographers and members of the Festival staff. The highlight of the afternoon will be the awarding of prizes to competition winners.






2018 Competition Finalist Exhibition
Thursday, September 27 through Friday, November 2
Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta

Almost 800 photos were submitted to the 2018 Augusta Photo Festival photography competition and were then judged to select finalists from 14 categories for Youth, Enthusiast, and Advanced photographers. This show features these images and will be further judged to select the top three winners in each category as well as a best of show. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and the first Sunday of each month – or Sunday, October 7, from 1 to 3pm. And entry fee donation is requested.

Juxtapositions: Grace and Power

Selected photography by Joel Grimes and Richard Calmes

October 5, 2018 - October 28, 2018
Opening reception during the Westobou Festival, October 5, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Jessye Norman School of the Arts in the Ann & Ellis Johnson Gallery of Art
739 Greene Street, Augusta GA 
Hours: Wed, Thurs, Fri, 12 to 3 pm; Sat and Sun, 12 to 5 pm
Free, through a generous grant from the Porter Fleming Foundation

The work of two masters of their craft, Joel Grimes and Richard Calmes, combine in one powerful exhibition. The Augusta Photography Festival and the Jessye Norman School of the Arts present the works of two internationally recognized photographers in a combined exhibition in the Ann and Ellis Johnson gallery. Richard Calmes’ expressive images of dancers capture both the grace and power of ballet. Joel Grimes’ recent series of Harley Davidson owners and their machines do likewise for these icons of the American road. Grimes, based in Arizona, is a Canon Explorer of Light, a designation earned by only a handful of professional photographers. Calmes, based in Atlanta, is among the most sought after dance photographers in the world.

Ellenton: An Exodus
Curated by the  Cold War Historic Program at SRS
October 12 - November 30, 2018
Augusta-Richmond County Public Library- Main Branch (second floor)
Hours: Mon through Thurs, 9 am to 8 pm, Fri and Sat, 9 am to 5:30 pm, Sun 2 to 5:30 pm

Black and white images from the 1950s document the Cold War-era migration of a southern town & its people. A poignant photographic reminder of a bygone time and the sacrifices made by families, farms and communities to make way for the nuclear production facility then known as the Savannah River Plant. Curated from the archives of the Savannah River Site, many of these images have never been publically exhibited.

Celebrating 10 years!
Images from Augusta Photography Festival 2008-2018
Augusta Municipal Building

535 Telfair Street, Augusta GA

Hours: Mon through Fri, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Festival 2018 marks ten years since the founding of the Augusta Photography Festival. Take a look back at award winners from our biennial competitions and selected images created by APF workshop and photo walk participants. Some prints will be available for purchase.

Flowers for Mom: Photographs by Elmore DeMott
October 10 - November 18, 2018
Morris Museum of Art, 1 Seventh Street, Augusta GA

Passionate about getting people to connect with nature, Elmore DeMott is a photographer with award winning work in private and corporate art collections, galleries, and museums. Flowers and mighty pine forests — her signature subjects — are featured in publications, presentations and art collaborations that offer a unique perspective of her home state of Alabama and beyond.

Documenting the South: Photography by Eudora Welty
September 19 - December 9, 2018
Morris Museum of Art, 1 Seventh Street, Augusta GA