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Jacob Ari Kamis developed his talent for photography when he was still in middle school. He continued to expand his skills in high school as he documented his travels and his love of cars. Jacob had many interests, including volleyball, baking, travel and flying planes. He was a fashionista who loved to dance, and had a wonderful sense of humor as well as a smile that lit up any room. We honor his memory by engaging the community in coming together to recognize and celebrate Jacob’s passion for photography.


Details of competition:
Submit 1-3 (no more than 3), high resolution photos with a title and a 300-500 word description for each piece by April 5, 2024 to this link reflecting one or more of these concepts:

*Photographic Art and Well Being
*My Story: Document your personal journey
*Capture moments of Discovery, Growth and Self Reflection
*How travel and exploration impacts mental well being

Cash Prizes:
1st Place - $500
2nd Place - $200
3rd Place - $100 for 3rd
Honorable Mentions - $50 for each category

Click here for instructions and judging criteria for photographs.

Winners will be announced by early May. Winners will be informed via email and will be announced on this webpage.

All photographs must be deemed appropriate for both middle school and high school viewers. All appropriate submissions (as determined by the judges) will be displayed on this online gallery by the end of May.

Winners’ Showcase and Reception will be held at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts on May 21st, followed by the winners’ exhibit, graciously hosted by the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, running from May 22nd to June 16th. Open to the public.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
1630 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

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Thank you to our Sponsors:


Charley Belcher
Charley Belcher is the morning feature reporter for FOX13’s Good Day Tampa Bay and a three-time Emmy Award winner. Charley was born and raised in Florida, and has had a passion for photography since he built his first pinhole camera as a kid at summer camp. From film to digital, Charley now shoots on a Sony A6500, and can usually be found wandering the woods looking for wildlife and the natural wonders of Florida. Charley has known Jacob’s father Jeffrey for many years, and loves the idea of a photography contest focused on young people just discovering and mastering the art.

Robin O’Dell

Robin is the Executive Curator at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, where she acts as both chief curator and co-leader. She is also a contributing writer for The Artisan Magazine, as well as Creative Pinellas’ Arts Coast Magazine. She has an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management through a joint program between Ryerson University in Toronto and the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. She was formerly the Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida and has also worked with the Keith Haring Archive in NY, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, the George Eastman Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art.

Debra Campbell

Florida artist and art educator, Debra Campbell, taught in both public and private schools for 19 years and was an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida School of Art and Art History.

Debra is now a full time artist. She loves the complexities of collage and mixed media and uses altered papers to give texture and layers to her pieces, altering them with solvents and acrylics or tissue papers that she stains.

Debra has always used photography as a reference for her paintings until several galleries requested the photographs themselves. That began a new creative path where she uses photography to catch strong emotions and scenes that give voice to social commentary.

When Debra taught at Hillel Academy of Tampa, she was privileged to have had Jacob as her art student and in yearbook class. He was a quick study in every medium but Jacob excelled at photography and became the Photography Director for yearbook.Debra hopes this contest and show honoring Jacob will inspire, heal and give voice to others.His humor, warmth and talent will be remembered.

Jeffrey Kamis

Jeffrey is the proud father of Jacob Ari Kamis and loved spending time with his son. Jeffrey and Jacob enjoyed traveling together, cooking, and was part of the journey as Jacob pursued his dream of becoming a pilot, taking flying lessons for several years. Jeffrey also enjoyed attending Jacob's volleyball matches and watching his photography hobby grow. Jeffrey is excited for everyone to see Jacob's amazing photography and to showcase other talented students in the Tampa Bay area through this contest.

Jeffrey hails from Pennsauken, New Jersey and moved to Florida after his graduation from the University of Pittsburgh and has called Tampa home for nearly 25 years. Jeffrey has nearly three decades of experience in Public Relations, Marketing and Community Relations. Jeffrey currently serves as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for the award-winning chicken concept PDQ, and has worked with other brands like Streetlight Taco and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Jeffrey was part of the executive team that defined the PDQ brand from inception to today, helping to launch the concept prior to the opening of its first location in 2011. He also worked with many of the nation’s elite athletes, coaches and teams during a 25-year career in sports. Jeffrey spent a decade in the National Football League with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications Department. As the Director of Public Relations, Jeffrey led his staff during the Buccaneers’ 2002 Super Bowl title and under his leadership, his department to the 2002 Pete Rozelle Award as the NFL’s top Public Relations group.

Jeffrey is active in the local community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Bullard Family Foundation and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. He has also been a part of the Public Relations team for 16 years for the Dick Vitale Gala, which benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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