Are you a photography buff? Want to show off your stuff?
It’s not too late to enter your work into the 19th Annual Best in Show Photographic Print Competition, presented by the The Urbana Park District and Champaign County Camera Club. The annual competition and show takes place Feb. 8-16 at Lincoln Square.
“This is a great opportunity for amateur photographers to publicly exhibit their photos and have them professionally judged. All are welcome and we hope to see new entrants,” said Janet Soesbe, Community Program Manager.
Cash prizes are available for Best in Show winners; all winners receive ribbons.
There is a five photograph limit, and all prints must be mounted on foam core board.
Photos are judged in nine categories:
- Animals (photo-realistic category) – Main point of interest must be
wild or domesticated animals.
- Architecture (photo-realistic category) – Images may show
complete buildings or minute details of buildings. “Building” includes such things as bridges and other man-made structures.
- Black and White (photo-realistic category) – This category is for
prints that are entirely in the gray scale (typically thought of as black and white). In addition to grey-scale images, prints done in sepia tones, colored monotone or infrared are acceptable.
- Club – CICCA members are limited to entry in this category following
the General category guidelines.
- General – Any image may be entered in this category including those
that previously fit in the manipulated category. Manipulated images have been significantly modified via photo-editing software or combine elements from more than one scene, test, abstracts, etc.
- Landscape (photo-realistic category) – Includes the visible features of an area of land or water, including the physical elements of landforms, water bodies, living elements of landcover incl. vegetation and human elements (crops, buildings, and roads), transitory lighting, weather elements.
- Nature (photo-realistic category) – Image must be shot in a natural environment. The hand of man, such as buildings, fences, roads, etc., must not be present. Domesticated animals must not be present. Images containing a plant/animal found in nature must have been photographed in its natural environment. A beautiful plant found in nature but brought into a studio to be photographed would not fit in the Nature category.
- People (photo-realistic category) – Main point of interest must be an individual person or a group of people.
- Youth Division – All youth entries (with the exception of strongly manipulated images which will be judged in the General category) will be judged in a single general category. Youth wishing to have their entries judged in the other categories may do so by paying the appropriate entry fees and entering their images in those categories. All youth entrants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation at the end of the competition. The youth category is open to children ages 17 and younger and 18-year-olds currently enrolled in high school.
Early Bird rate on entry fee: $5 for the first print and $3 each for the next four. The regular entry fee is $10 for the first print and $3 each for the next four.
All entry forms are due to the Phillips Recreation Center by Wednesday, January 22 at 6pm to get the Early Bird rate on entry fee. Regular entry deadline is Wednesday, January 29 at 6pm.
Exhibition on display from February 8 at noon to February 16 at noon. Judge’s critique for all entrants is February 16 from 1-2pm. All photos must be picked up on February 16 between 2-5pm.
For more information on categories, eligibility and matting requirements, pick up a Best In Show brochure and entry form at the Phillips Recreation Center, Lincoln Square, or the News-Gazette. Call Janet at 217-367-1544 ext. 277 for more information.