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The Robinson Biennial is a juried exhibition attracting photographers from across the nation. Cash awards will include a top prize of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 second place award, and a $750 for the third place award. The Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial 2023 is staged throughout the entirety of SAMA Altoona’s three galleries. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the Donald & Sylvia Robinson Family Foundation. 

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May 6-7, 2023

10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


May 20-21, 2023

12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

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June 9, 2023

7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


Enjoy live music, refreshments, and an award presentation recognizing the recipients and their outstanding works.

Click here for details of the photographs used in this video listed in the order in which they appear. 

Friday, Award Ceremony, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


Whether you're a beginner or an experienced pro, this symposium is designed to inspire and empower photographers of all levels. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn, grow, and ignite your creativity! Early-bird rate $25 ends on June 1st. 

Get ready to elevate your skills and unlock your creative potential at our exclusive Donald M. Robinson Photography Symposium, June 10-11, 2023. Learn from inspiring speakers as they share their secrets, tips, and techniques to capture awe-inspiring shots. Here is a short list of a few of the speakers and topics of discussion we have lined up for this event:

Spandita Malik

The Materiality of the Photograph

Spandita Malik is a visual artist from India. Her work is concerned with the current global socio-political state of affairs with an emphasis on women’s rights and gendered violence. Malik specializes in process based work in photography, recently with photographic surface embroideries and collaborations with women in India.


Rich Wade

Lighting for Portraiture on Location: How To Set Up Dynamic Portrait Lighting With Minimal Time In Challenging Spaces

Rich wade is a WWE photographer and commercial photographer. His practical talk and demonstration will be of interest to a wide variety of photographers working in various modes.


Hannah Altman

We Will Return to You: Jewish Storytelling and Image-Making

Hannah Altman is a Jewish-American artist from New Jersey and based in Boston. She holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her photographs portray lineage, folklore, memory, and narrative.


Christine Lorenz

Extended Perception: Macro Photography of Salt and Plastics

Christine Lorenz uses photography to examine the ordinary, overlooked, disposable, and forgotten. She earned her MFA at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and BA at The Ohio State University. Her photographs have been seen at photo-eye gallery in Santa Fe; at Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, unconventional Pittsburgh spaces, and elsewhere across the United States and Europe. Online, her photographs have been featured by Lenscratch, Vice, Photolucida, Rogue Agent Journal, Magenta Foundation and Humble Arts Foundation. Her article “Halophilic” was published in Refract Journal, a peer-reviewed journal from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2022. She was a selected photographer for Review Santa Fe in 2021. In addition to her self-published photobooks, she has served since 2000 as publication editor and designer for The Earth Of workshops of Arts Letters and Numbers. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh, PA, where she teaches art history, the history of photography, and art writing.


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