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Entries sought for FOCUS photo contest

Manchester Arts is calling for entries into its FOCUS 2019 photography contest and exhibition.

The contest is free to enter and open to all residents of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Individuals of all skill levels, ages 5 and up, are encouraged to enter. Submitted photos may be of any subject, taken anywhere, but all must be family-friendly.

Each photographer may submit a maximum of two printed photo entries, either color or black-and-white, created during the past two calendar years [beginning January 2017]. Photographers may not submit work that was entered in a previous Manchester Arts photo exhibit. Completed entry forms and title cards must be delivered with the photo entries, but the photographer’s name should not be on the submission.

Ribbons for the Manchester Arts FOCUS Photography competition
Ribbons for the Manchester Arts FOCUS Photography competition

Photos will be judged within five age categories, based on the photographer’s age as of March 1, 2019. Those five age categories are: 5-13, 14-20, 21-49, 50-64 and 65+. Cash prizes totaling more than $1,700 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each of the age categories. A ‘Best of Show’ prize also will be awarded. Additional ribbons and certificates will be given to three ‘Honorable Mentions’ in each category.

Entries must be dropped off from 12-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 or from 12-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Manchester Parks, Recreation, & Arts Building in Paul A. Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.

There will be a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 8. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. that night.

The exhibit runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m, March 8; noon-3 p.m., March 9-10; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., March 11-15 at the Parks, Recreation, & Arts Building.

This year’s guest judge is Dan Younger,who is a professor of art, and the photography area head at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has over 150 national and international exhibits, and his works are in numerous public collections including Museum de Stadt in Gladbeck Germany;

The Fox Talbot Museum and the National Trust in Lacock, England; The Museum of Contemporary Photography [Chicago], and The Saint Louis Art Museum. Younger is a member of the Royal Photography Society [UK], APRIA, Society for Photographic Education [US] and the National Press Photographers Association [US].

For detailed information and to download entry forms, visit the city’s website [manchestermo.gov/arts] or Facebook page.

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