“Night”, 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Mansion at Strathmore

I was fortunate enough to have “Night Swim” featured on the promotional material for the exhibit. This was a national call for entry for any type of media juried by Adah Rose Bitterbaum, founder and director of Adah Rose Gallery and Erwin Timmers, artist and co-founder of the Washington Glass Studio and School. At the opening reception/awards ceremony I was very excited to be announced as the winner of Best in Show for “Koolwink”!

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Juror for the 2018 Mountain Maryland Photography Contest

Cash awards were given to the top three places in four photo categories: Arts and Entertainment, Active Outdoor Recreation, Nature and Scenic Landscapes and History and Heritage. I was very honored to be asked and excited at the opportunity to see the other side of a photography competition.

Koolwink wins two National Awards:  Best of Show: Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition, 2017; and Top Juror's Award: Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition, 2018

CUMBERLAND TIMES NEWS — Michael Hunter Thompson, a Cumberland-based photographer, won Best of Show for his photograph “Koolwink” at the Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition awards ceremony held at the Allegany Arts Council’s Saville and Schwab galleries.

Thompson’s photograph was selected by juror Shannon Thomas Perich of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for its beautiful composition and color and the way it captured her imagination. “This is the one that I couldn’t get out of my head after seeing all the other images,” she said.

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THE HERALD MAIL -- Thompson’s “Koolwink” won a top Juror’s Award in the Cumberland Valley Photographers exhibition. The lonely subject of “Koolwink,” combined with its beautiful color composition is reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s iconic 1942 painting, “Night Hawks,” in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Herald Mail Article

Backbone Mountain Review Visual Artist 2016:

I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the visual artist for 2016's Backbone Mountain Review: an annual literary publication.  It features short stories, essays and poems along with one visual artist, whose images are seen throughout the publication.

2015 Maryland Start Arts Council Individual Artist Award Recipient:

In March of 2015 I was notified that I have been awarded an Individual Artist Award by the Maryland State Arts Council in the Visual Arts: Photography category.  I couldn't be more honored!  They were also gracious enough to include my work in their July newsletter and another piece in their annual report publication.

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Record Talk Listen Podcast:


I was featured on the Western Maryland Podcast, Record Talk Listen on 2/15/15 (Episode 15).  Check it out!  We talk about some of my work and techniques as well as announcing the changes to the Tri-State Photography Exhibition this year, which is going on a national scale with online submissions with a National Georgraphic photographer as the juror, Ken Garrett.  Be sure to listen and subscribe to the podcast because Lydia does a great job putting it together for the community.  It can be found on iTunes, Podcast App for iOS or at the website:  www.recordtalklisten.com

A direct link to the episode I'm featured on:  http://recordtalklisten.com/2015/02/15/michael-h-thompson-special-effect-photographer-and-painter/