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Captured in Des Moines

Juried Photo Exhibit - Juror: Ben Easter

January 21, 2019 - march 8, 2019



sunday february 24, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pM

Captured in Des Moines is our first-ever juried photography show that gives an opportunity for Iowa photographers to exhibit in our historic downtown Des Moines gallery for about seven weeks. The exhibition aims to highlight the city of Des Moines through the lens of talented photographers, to display all types of photographic works including digital, analog, showcase their favorite places, people, events, and the best of their "DSM vibe"!  

We had a tremendous amount of submissions, and we are very thankful for all the responses from our local community of photographers. Ben Easter, the juror has the arduous task to select about seventy photos, and here is the list of the photographers chosen - Please, help us congratulate: 

Aaron Graves, Alan Jacobs, Allison Akright, Andraya Stender, Angelo Rossi, Anna Jones, Annick Sjobakken, Benjamin Vos, Brandi Webber, Brett Roseman, Dan Welk, Dana Quick-Naig, Deana Schuplin, Deb Shoning, Delia Welch, Diane Lowry, Emma Colman, Eric Burson,  Eric Harlow, Gary Hoard, Greg Wilcox, Jason Boyers-Liechty, Jeffrey Dawson, John Kerss, Jon Lemons,Justice Simpson, Kaleen Lounsbury, Kathleen Hoard, Kelsey Seay, Ken Keiran, Kerrie Hill, Kevin House, Kipp Paulsen, Kristie Burns, Larry Mendenhall, Makenzie Hafel, Manfred Brugger, Mark Iwig, Mark True, Marnae Wright, Matthew Lepke, Matthew Tupper, Michael Banks, Michael Hiatt, Michael Leland, Nancy Brown, Patricia Foster, Phil Roeder, Robin Fortney, Sack Pephirom, Sara Neppl, Seth Wells, Trenton Chesling, Tyler Erickson, Victoria Herring.

Reception and Awards

We were very honored to have Ben Easter, the juror of "Captured in Des Moines" - our first juried photography exhibition. The show gathered both amateur and professional photographers and showcased both film and digital images to highlight the creative ways in which photographers seeing our city Des Moines! Ben was chosen to view and select eight outstanding photos among the entire gallery. Thank you Ben for partnering with us to this new award show. Here is the list of the winners! Congratulations to all of you, and also to all the artists who participated in the juried photo show!

Three Honorable Mention Awards to

  • Benjamin Voss with  “Brick And Mortor”;

  • Tyler Erickson with “Should Have Been A Cowboy”

  • Trenton Chesling, “The Cone”. 

Four Merit Awards to

  • Michael Hiatt with “801 Rising”, 

  • Sara Neppl with “Golden II”;

  • Greg Wilcox “Untitled 2014”

  • Annick Sjobakken, “1440 63rd street”.

Then, the BEST OF SHOW has been attributed to Michael Banks with “Downtown Sunrise” part of a series of three photographs from the '70s !

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About the juror
Ben Easter

"These are the qualities Ben Easter strives to achieve in his work. Ben has been creating images since he was a kid, but while living in Paris in 2008, Ben’s professional photography career began when his amateur work was noticed by the owner of a boutique ad agency, Darwin FX. They hired Ben as a photographer and bought him his first professional camera. Having spent years in front of the camera as an actor in film and television, and having appeared in magazines like Cosmopolitan, cameras were no strangers to Ben. But stepping behind the lens as a photographer and director seemed inevitable to this life-long storyteller." Learn more about Ben Easter here.