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Bridges Photography Call

Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future

Hildegard Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society, sponsored a Photography Call for the great state of Nebraska! The project was officially endorsed by the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission (Nebraska 150 Commission).


Over 800 submissions were received. Check out the Bridges Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit page to view the list of juried winners, exhibit venues and more!

From Adams to Antelope, Banner to Butler, Garden to Gage, Scottsbluff to Sheridan, Dundy to Douglas...

In time for Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial celebration in 2017, the intent of this juried call was to serve as a BRIDGE to connect Nebraskans with their culture and heritage. Photographers were asked to highlight historic places and often over-looked *hidden treasures” in all 93 counties throughout Nebraska. Historical Places could be sites identified at the National Register of Historic Places OR places of community/personal significance that the photographer would like to share. Examples include:


  • Historic properties
  • Recognized historical landmarks
  • Cultural activities/events with a basis in local history and in context with a historic place
  • Historic buildings that are representative or unique

93 photos selected—one from each Nebraska county

  • Are featured in a statewide traveling exhibit that coincides with Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial in 2017
  • Are included in the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s 2017 calendar to promote the state
  • Showcased in a digital catalog
  • Used with Instructional Resources and Story Map technology to enhance Nebraska’s fourth grade social studies curriculum
  • ALL submitted photos are featured in virtual gallery

 About the Call

  • Submission timeline |  June 1, 2015 – March 21, 2016
  • Call open to photographers 15 years and older
  • Agency representatives were welcome to participate
  • Entrants were NOT required to be residents of Nebraska
  • Submissions had to be in digital JPEG formats and have a resolution of at least 8 mega pixels. 300 DPI
  • Photographers could enter up to five images per submission (multiple submissions allowed for additional fees)
  • There was a non-refundable fee of $15 per submission
  • Entrant had to sign a consent and waiver form | PDF

Each Submission Included:

  1. Photo/s that captured the artistic view of the subject
  2. A photo that documented the context (overall general image) of each subject.
  3. A narrative (250 words or less) that described how the focus of the photos bridged the past with the present.

Further Submission Rules

  • All submissions had to be a work of original material taken within the state of Nebraska by the contest entrant. By entering, entrant represented, warranted and acknowledged that:
    1. The photograph was an original work created solely by the entrant
    2. The photograph did not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity
    3. Other parties had no right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph
    4. All selected photographs will be retained permanently by Hildegard Center for the Arts for future use

Rules and Regulations

  • All submissions had to accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared. Photos that were digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color, and contrast) were disqualified. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image were acceptable.
  • If the entrant chose to include recognizable people in the submission, the entrant was responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individual depicted, and had to provide copies of those releases upon request.


  • All photographs selected for the traveling exhibition are printed and framed professionally using an 11 x 14 format by Hildegard —at no cost to the entrant. Therefore, only digital files and processes were accepted.
  • All entrants selected for additional printed publications (calendars, posters, etc.) produced by Hildegard or partnering entities are recognized with a photo credit.

Photo Submission Timeline

June 1, 2015 – March 21, 2016  

Bridges Project Chair ~ Cathy Harrington | 402.730.6668

Bridges Photography Committee:  Alexandra Alberda, Angela Carroll, Kim Einspahr, Jenn Gjerde, Cathy Harrington, Rita Kean, Erin Lenz, Bob Puschendorf, Angela Sears, Marilyn Stadler, Donna Williams, Anne Woita

Distinguished Judges Answer Call

The jurors for the Bridges Photo Call included world-renowned contributor to National Geographic Magazine and NEBRASKAland Magazine Joel Sartore; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Emeritus George Tuck; and regular contributors to Nebraska Life Magazine, Bobbi and Steve Olson.

Their participation raised the bar as Hildegard reached across the state to connect Nebraskan’s with their culture and heritage using the art of photography ~ Our “Hildegard thanks” to the jurors!


Judging Criteria | See PPA 12 Elements of a Good Photo

 The jurors evaluated the entries based upon:

  • Photographic quality (50%)
  • The extent to which the submission conveys a connection between the past and the present (20%)
  • The quality of the narrative and its relationship to the photograph and theme of bridging the past to the present (20%)
  • The cultural aspect or lifestyles depicted in the photograph (10%)

Thank you to our Exhibit Sponsors!

The Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit “Bridges” Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future” is supported in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment with the support of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission and the Nebraska Tourism Commission. Statewide Sponsors include; Johnson Hardware Company, the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Regional Sponsors include Union Bank and Trust Company, Sandhills Publishing, Great Western Bank, The Cattle National Bank and Trust Co., NebraskaLAND National Bank, and the Alliance Lions Club.