Sunflower Showcase Photography Fest deadline is Nov. 1
"Hanging Around, Kansas Style!" is the theme for the 6th Annual Sunflower Showcase Photography Fest sponsored by Sagebrush Video Productions and Ellis County 4-H. "This contest really is the best one around. There are so many great categories that will spark creativity in everyone who is interested," said Twylia Sekavec of Brownell, former Best of Show winner.
Three amateur age divisions and a professional division allow everyone to enter. An entry fee of $3.25 per photo is due with entries by the entry deadline, Nov.1.
"Over the past five years, this competition has become popular with 4-Hers and adults across the state," stated Rachel Harmon, fest sponsor. "We usually have photographers from at least three states enter. It gives them the opportunity to express their creativity and share with people statewide, even worldwide."
Entries will be exhibited in the Gallery at the Hays Public Library during December as well as online at www.SunflowerShowcaseOnline.com. Visitors to both exhibits will have the opportunity to participate in the People's Choice Award voting. One entry in each division will be named the People's Choice Award Winner and one entry in each division will be named the Online People's Choice Award Winner.
The number of categories provides plenty of opportunity for photographers to show their work.
"We have over 40 classes," stated Harmon. "Each year I change it up a bit by adding something new. New classes keep ideas fresh and creativity flowing."
New classes this year include: 4-H Is..., Celestial, Street Photography, Underwater and Winter.
Each division will be judged separately. Judges evaluate each individual entry against a standard set of photographic criteria and determine if the entry receives a purple, blue, red, or white ribbon. After all the entries are individually judged, judges award first through sixth place ribbons in each of the 47 classes. The first-place winners then compete for the division Best of Show Award.
One entry will win the Artistic Creativity Award. This recognition will be given to an image that is the result of an imaginative idea taken beyond the everyday boundaries set by society. The Artistic Creativity Award is sponsored by Laurie's Franklin Framing of Hays, Kan.
The George Sheets Photojournalism Award will recognize the 4-H photographer who creates an image that shows an everyday story about today's society, culture and values. This award is sponsored by the McPherson County 4-H Photography project members. George Sheets was a long-time McPherson County Photography leader who urged his 4-Hers to capture the everyday moments of life.