John Faber Memorial Photography Contest and Show

This popular annual Smith Mountain Arts Council contest draws casual, amateur, and professional photographers from a wide area surrounding Smith Mountain Lake, including Roanoke, Lynchburg, Martinsville and beyond.

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Photo Show 2023 - April 28-30

Bethlehem United Methodist Church
13586 S Old Moneta Rd
Moneta, VA 24121

Exhibition and Reception times (free and open to the public)

  • Friday, April 28, 6.:00 p.m. Awards Reception, Bethlehem UMC.
  • Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 30, Noon – 3:00 p.m.: Public Exhibit open.
Winners list is posted below

Judge – Craig Shaffer
More about Craig at

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Photo Show Winners list 2023
Photo Show Winners list 2023 (1)
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Gallery - click on photo to see larger image

Best in show
1st place winners
Reception Night Photos
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About John Faber

John Faber

Source: 2007 Smith Mountain Eagle article by Rebecca Jackson

  • Renown photojournalist, retired at SML with wife Trudy, passed away in 1993
  • 1950-1983 served as Eastman-Kodak technical and public relations representative to the largest news organizations in the nation.
  • Worked closely with Margaret Bourke-White (first Life Mag cover) as liaison between her and Eastman Kodak
  • 1963 became the first westerner to interview the Dali Lama. Faber photo was used as the Dali Lama official portrait for many years.
  • He documented the history of news photography, interviewing the great photojournalists, and compiling the results into a book, “Great News Photos and the Stories Behind Them. Nominated for a Pulizer Prize in 1979.