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2024 Through the Lens Photography Contest and Exhibit Theme is:
"A Closer Look"




 

The job of an artist is to 'pay attention', to show us things we may have missed.

 

This year's theme for the Fenton Arts Council's "Through the Lens" photography contest and exhibit is:  "A Closer Look"

 

We challenge you to submit digital photographs of very small things, or extreme closeups of larger things, in the natural world.  Capture closeup images that show interesting and artistic patterns, colors, lines, textures or shading, not usually noticed.

 

Use your camera's highest resolution, so when the images are enlarged and printed to 8" x 10" they will still look sharp.  The final digital resolution should be 300 ppi.

 

Examples: 

- Insects are small, but their antennae are smaller.

- Dew drops are small, but the reflections on a single drop can be mysterious

- Tight closeups of humble rocks can show exquisite patterns and/or color combinations.

- A very tight closeup of an elephant's skin shows interesting and complex lines.

- Even closer, micro photography can show quite surprising patterns.

 

Submit images you have photographed, that are macro photography or micro photography.   Search for and photograph images of interesting tiny things we are usually too busy to notice.  In other words, 'Pay Attention'.

 

Note: "Macro photography involves capturing close-up images of relatively larger subjects, while micro photography involves capturing images of extremely small subjects that require magnification beyond what is achievable with a traditional camera lens."

 

Some images may resemble an abstract artwork or globs of paint or a tile mosaic.  Viewers may think they are looking at a closeup of one thing, that actually is something completely different.  This is good!

 

In your application, tell us what the image is in 7 or fewer words, such as: "one antennae tip of a grasshopper" or "closeup view of a piece of onyx".  In the exhibit, we will post the description, covered in some way, with each photograph.  Viewers will have to move the covers to read the descriptions.  Viewers can enjoy the images, guess what the object is, then verify their guess by lifting the cover.

 

Help us to Wonder What It Is.

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Details:

Deadline to digitally submit up to 3 images, with description of each in 7 or fewer words, is:
September 1, 2024

CLICK  HERE  TO  APPLY

The top 25 - 30 images will be printed and matted at no charge to you, then exhibited at Beale Street Smokehouse BBQ in October. (Awaiting confirmation of dates)

Prizes will be awarded at the exhibit opening for "Best Patterned Image", "Most surprising Subject", "Best Black and White" and (1 or 2 more).

Questions?  Contact us through email HERE.

Deadline to apply online:  midnight, Saturday September 14, 2024
Date of jury results notification: emailed by September 29, 2024
Opening Reception October 10, 2024 (subject to confirmation)
Closing October 24, 2024 (subject to confirmation)

Macro & Micro:
"Macro photography involves capturing close-up images of relatively larger subjects, while micro photography involves capturing images of extremely small subjects that require magnification beyond what is achievable with a traditional camera lens."

Resolution:
Use your camera's highest resolution, so when enlarged to 8" x 10" the images will still be in focus.  The final resolution should be 300 ppi (pixels per inch for digital images), as they will be printed at 300 dpi (dots per inch for printed images)."

All images will be juried by professionals, in a 'blind' jury (the jurors will not be told any of the photographer's names).

The jury results will be emailed to applicants Sunday, September 29, 2024.

Date and location to retrieve your printed and matted photo(s) TBD.  Any photos not picked up during the pickup time, will become the property of the Fenton Arts Council, to sell, give away or other.

Remember to apply before September 1, 2024, and Good Luck!

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