John Faber Memorial Photography Contest and Show

26th Annual Photo Contest and Show 2022

Apr 23-24, 2022

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

Exhibit Hours

Sat Apr 23 10am – 4pm
Sun Apr 24 12pm – 3pm

Award Winners list below.
Download pdf here.

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Judge - Craig Shaffer

After 50 years of photography and millions of images, Craig Shaffer continues to tease reality with imagination through photography. He still shoots every day, exploring the world through a viewfinder of dreams. He specializes commercial, illustrative and photojournalism work, along with advanced Photoshop art composition.

To live is to create. To create is to live,” he noted. ” As Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera…they are made with the eye, heart, and head.”

More about Craig at

Craig Shaffer
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Gallery - click on photo to see larger image

Best in show - Allan Raasch
1st place winners
2nd place winners
3rd place winners
Reception photos
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About the Photo Contest and Show

The John Faber Memorial Photography Contest and Show
is a popular annual Smith Mountain Arts Council event.

The 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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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.