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ON DISPLAY November 6 - December 20, 2017

Public Reception at the Civic Gallery

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 4 pm – 6 pm
200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, CA 92084


The City of Vista competition is a juried photo contest offering exposure to both established and emerging photographers. This contest will provide an opportunity for review of your work by professional photographers, artists, and photography teachers. Winners will be selected on the basis of originality and the overall quality of concept execution.


From the Jurors,

Don Bartletti and Kelly Moncure

I believe photographs are a gift -- from their makers -- to all who gaze upon them.  The medium begs to be shared and that’s what this gallery exhibit is about.  Each photographer who accepted our invitation has contributed something that the rest of us missed.  They were there!  We weren’t!  And I’d bet that everyone who peered through their viewfinder would agree that it was enormously satisfying to focus on something relevant, something that moved them enough to squeeze the shutter button.  The photographs in this show moved my fellow judge Kelly Moncure and I to smile, to ponder and look closely again and again.  We award the grandest prize to each and every photographer who entered as they have championed one of the most objective and subjective art mediums there ever will be.  If you didn’t enter this year, charge your batteries; there’s a big world out there you can share with us the next time.

Don Bartletti

First off, congratulations to all the artists in New Works 2017!  It was a very competitive entry process, with extremely talented photographers from all over San Diego and Orange County sending in photos to be judged. It was a tremendous honor to work with my mentor Don Bartletti, and we were absolutely swooning over so many pieces. I believe this show displays a great cross section of what’s going on now in photography in Southern California, from showcasing the beauty of our ocean to opening our eyes to the not so beautiful side of the world. I loved seeing such diversity in the photography as well, from film photography to tintypes to digital manipulations- it’s all here. I hope the audience was moved as much as we were while viewing it. Thank you to Imelda Huelta, the City Art Liason, Sarah Spinks, the Vista Public Art Chairperson, Chad Spinks, Graphic Designer, as well as Diana Bartletti and my husband John for all of their help in putting on this show!

Kelly Moncure


About Don Bartletti:

From the LA Times website: Don Bartletti joined the Los Angeles Times in 1984 and retired in 2015. His series of photo essays about young Central American migrants won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. He was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his series on Mexican farmworkers. He remains especially dedicated to the causes and effects of economic migration across the southern border of the U.S. and within nearly every state in Mexico. Other documentary subjects have taken him to 23 countries around the globe. He has won over 40 prestigious awards in addition to the Pulitzer Prize, including the Unicef Picture of the Year, a two time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Photojournalism award, a National Press Award and the George Polk award for photojournalism.