It was Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci who once declared, “The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.”
That quote especially rings true for photographers, who were tasked with capturing the perfect moment in time on film as part of the Manchester Arts’ FOCUS 2021 photography contest and exhibition. Photographers in and around the community submitted their photography for judging and a wide array of moments were on display for all to admire.
From the natural to the artistic, photography samples crossed the spectrum of aesthetic and age groups. The contest was open to ages 5 and up and any skill level.
New to 2021, this year’s FOCUS exhibition was held outdoors among the trees in Paul E. Schroeder Park.
Judging categories for photos were based on age and included 5-13, 14-20, 21-49, 50-64 and 65-plus. Cash prizes totaling more than $1,400 were awarded to first, second and third place winners in each of the age categories. Additional award categories included Best in Show, Mayor’s Choice, Park Director’s Choice and People’s Choice.
The contest was judged by Robyn Stellhorn, who has enjoyed a 30-year career as a high school teacher in the Rockwood School District. After beginning in the field of journalism and English, she eventually wrote the district’s first curriculum to introduce film photography in 1991, and then taught both film and digital photography until 2020.