The Fifth Annual Delmarva on View Photography Contest & Show call for artists is now underway. Beginning and experienced photographers including professionals are invited to participate and tell their story of the Delmarva Peninsula. The Friends of the Lewes Public Library and curator JuneRose Futcher were extremely pleased that submissions were tripled and significant funds were raised due to brisk sales in 2013.
The revitalized program is resulting in enthusiastic and growing participation from across the Delmarva Peninsula. Ed Goyda, Lewes Public Library director, credits Futcher with creative programming and dedication to a major publicity campaign. Goyda is especially pleased that a broad community of artists participated and attended the opening reception.
Artists are encouraged to participate from the greater peninsula communities and surrounding states of Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With the inaugural professional category doing so well, the expectation for more professionals is high. The professional artists may be working in their craft in photojournalism, marketing and education, among many other fields in the business.
This year the competition and exhibit will feature six subjects: the new Special Effects category for amateurs, and returning categories Delmarva Icons, The Delaware Bay & Atlantic Coast, Four Seasons, The Golden Hour, and Wildlife. The youth class also grew substantially and organizers encourage the community and teachers to inspire young artists in area schools to enter this year.
Friends President Candace Vessella said last year's contest and exhibit was the most successful ever, and she looks forward to the creative talents of this year's artists.
The team of judges, who are gifted professionals and hobbyist photographers, takes into consideration multiple photographic elements such as composition, lighting, and originality. The returning judges are Deny Howeth, Keith Mosher, Pamela Aquilani, Marc Weinberg and new to the team, Angie Moon and Tony Pratt. They are also being invited to exhibit one of their signature photographs in appreciation for their contribution to the contest.
Photographs may be submitted until Saturday, June 14. The judging session will convene later in June, and winners will be notified by telephone and email approximately seven days prior to the opening. The exhibit and benefit sale will open at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 28, at the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes and continue through Saturday, Aug.16. Entry fees and framing requirements will apply.