The 26th Annual American Visions Photography Competition and Exhibition

Become Windspired

William Kamkwamba's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope offers inspiration to a generation searching for sustainability, yet still steeped in luxury.

This book has sparked fascination, support, and creativity across the globe in just a short time. Likewise we are searching for inspiring photographs that harness the creative spirit in you, while telling the potent stories of wind in our world.

Wind is the source of dynamic forces for life’s energy, beauty, recreation, movement and powerful disasters. Whether a threat or a gentle breeze, the wind is an everyday invisible force waiting to be captured by your lens.

Download the submission form (pdf)

Deadline: Sept. 7, 2010

Fees: $25 for every 3 images submitted (up to 9 from each entrant will be accepted)

CD Submissions: Images must be submitted by Sept. 7, 2010.  Clearly label the CD with your name, address, telephone and email address. Images should be high quality JPEG (no more than 300 dpi in RGB or grayscale) and should be no longer than 600 pixels on the longest side. Files should numbered and named: 01_Smith_TITLE.jpeg

Each image should have a sixty word statement explaining the significance of the work to the theme.

Framing: Framed photographs are due Sept. 7, 2010.  Framed artwork should be no more than 28 inches on the longest side. Artwork should be matted in white or cream and framed with black metal or wood frames. Please use Plexiglas or acrylic. No glass. All artwork should be ready to install with wire, please, NO saw-tooth hangers! Label all artwork. For more assistance on framing contact the museum.

Shipping: Selected artists are responsible for shipping their own work. A return shipping label should be included. Artwork should be packaged in a reusable shipping container and be sufficient for safe return.  COD will not be accepted.

Our Judges: Three judges will serve on our panel; an anthropologist, a photographer/artist and a community member.

Exhibition: Selected prints will be displayed from September 29 - October 15, 2010 in Kendal Hall. The grand opening and reception will be Wednesday, September 29, 5 p.m. in Kendall Hall.

Awards: The $500 Valene Smith Award for Excellence in Visual Anthropology will be given to the Best in Show.  Three honorable mentions will be recognized.

Contact: Adrienne Scott, Museum Curator (530) 898-5397

Payment: Make checks payable to: CSU, Chico Research Foundation.

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Summer Hours

June -August 2nd, 2018


11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Closed to Public August 6-19, 2018

Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.

Our Location

The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, across from the main library entrance.

See our Google Map Link to the Museum


Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400

Contact Us
Phone: 530-898-5397

click to view our facebook page