“These photographs reflect on many significant themes – from the landscape to relationships, from the shifting of seasons and the inevitability of time, to identity and self…Each of you has shown us something unique, that, while captured within twenty-four hours in the Adirondacks, extends to cities and towns beyond, and opens up new ways to think about the world in which we live.”    — a past juror of 24 Hours   24 Hours:  A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks is a contest for high school students in public and private  schools within the Adirondack Park.  2020-2021 will be the twelfth year of this program, which draws entries from throughout the region. Students are invited to submit two photographs taken during any specified hour or hours of the day, and are encouraged to move their view beyond traditional landscape subjects – though they also qualify for submission – to  subjects that relate to their own daily lives.

From the several hundred submissions received, about 40 “winning” photographs are selected by a juror who is either a professional photographer or a curator working with the genre of art photography.  The juror also gives personal feedback to the winning photographers.  Past jurors have included professional landscape photographer John Di Giacomo and Kate Menconeri, former Chief Curator at the Center for Photography Woodstock.  The selected photographs are exhibited at selected venues (libraries, art centers, community centers) within the Park and on the LPI website page devoted to the 24 Hours Exhibition. This years selected venues are TBD

In September 2020, complete contest guidelines and a related poster were be sent to all high schools within the Adirondack Park.  Students may submit two photographs, via computer or mail, that were taken during a specific hour or specific hours of the day or night. Each photo must be accompanied by a brief 50-150 word description of when, where, and why the artist chose to photograph that particular scene or subject.  The deadline for submissions is  January 31, 2021.  Juror’s decision and winning photographs will be announced by the end of  March 2021. 

2020-2021 24 Hours Photography Competition Juror

Robert ParkeHarrison

Robert is a practicing artist and a professor of photography at Skidmore College. He received a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute  in 1990. In 1994 he received an M.F.A. degree from the University of New Mexico. Since the mid 1990’s Robert has forged an artistic collaboration with partner and wife, Shana ParkeHarrison. Together they continue to create staged photographic images and sculptures that explore a poetic narrative based on the triangular relationship of humans, technology and nature. Their works can be found in museum collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Artist in San Diego, Williams College Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Galerie im Stadtmuseum, Jena, Germany. They have exhibited their work at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Mudam Luxembourg Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg and Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve in Paris, France.


The ParkeHarrisons have received awards from the Nancy Graves Foundation, Guggenheim Fellowship, the Roswell Artist-In-Residence and the Sirius Art Center Artist-In-Residence in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland.


The ParkeHarrisons have two monographs, The Architect’s Brother (1999) and Counterpoint (2008). Both books are published by Twin Palms Twelve Trees Press.


Their work is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and Slete Gallery in Los Angeles.

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