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9/14/2020 3:02:00 PM
Arts Council Announces Annual Photo Competition
Entries accepted Oct. 12 and 13

Lincoln Herald Staff

LINCOLNTON––Attention, local shutterbugs!

The Arts Council of Lincoln County is announcing its annual amateur photography competition. According to spokeswoman Deanna McGinnis, entries will be taken 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 12, and again, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., as well as 4-6 p.m., Oct. 13, at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 403 E. Main St. in Lincolnton. The photographs will be exhibited in the arts council’s galleries at the Lincoln Cultural Center, Oct. 15-29. A reception and awards presentation for the photographers and public will be held Oct. 22, 6:30-8 p.m., also at the LCC.

There are categories for both adults and youth. The latter must have the written consent of parents or guardians. Adults wishing to participate must be 18 years of age or older and engage in photography for pleasure and a hobby pursuit, rather than for financial gain or professional reasons. All entrants must disclose whether they have a Website or Facebook page featuring and selling their work. Entrants must not hold a photographer’s license or make their living at photography.

Entries must be original photographs that have not been reproduced for public sale and have not been exhibited in any Arts Council of Lincoln County events in the past. Manipulation of images, either film or digital, should be limited to general saturation changes using conventional darkroom techniques including contrast, exposure, basic sharpening, cropping, red-eye removal and a minimum use of dodging and burning.

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HDR photos (those made from three to seven pictures combined), multiple exposures, digitally stitched images, high dynamic range images and photos containing any manipulated, added content, the use of metallic paper in printing or altered utilizing software outside of the camera other than basics darkroom techniques described above must be entered in the special effects category.

For a fee of $25 each, adults may enter three photographs, with a limit of two entry fees per participant. Youths may enter for $15.

Categories include plant life/landscapes, people, animal life, abstract/special effects, miscellaneous and black and white. All entries must be framed and ready to hang. No saw-tooth hangers, hooks or desktop frames are allowed. All frames must have wire hangers. All work must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.

For any pieces purchased, the Arts Council of Lincoln County will charge a 30-percent commission fee.

Judging will focus on mood, impact, composition and quality. Adult awards are: $125 for best of show, $25 for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place in each category. Youth awards are: $25 for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place.

This project is supported in part by a grant provided through the North Carolina Arts Council.

To learn further details about additional arrangements and more, McGinnis encourages you to call the arts council at (704) 732-9044 or e-mail queries to

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