2018 Photography Show & Exhibition

Calling all Photographers!  9th Annual Photography Contest & Exhibition.

March 3 – 9  (Entries due Feb 12 – 16)

Join the fun and enter the 9th Annual Photography Contest and Exhibition at the Plaza Arts Center. The annual Photography Show & Contest draws the best photographers from the surrounding areas.  Click here for full rules and application form.


Entries will be accepted February 12 – February 16. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER FEBRUARY 16. Allow plenty of time for mailed entries to arrive before the deadline or they will not be accepted.


Amateur: Photography is strictly a hobby. Photographers use basic to advanced cameras or image editing software. They do not earn any income from photography based activities. These photographers have not won more than 3 ribbons (1st-3rd place) in the 2017 Plaza Arts Center Photo Contest or Best in Show Award in any Plaza Arts Center Photo Contests. Amateurs may enter in the Advanced Division if they choose to.

Advanced: Photographers have had additional experience beyond basic amateur photography. They may earn some income from the sale or publication of images and other photography related activities. They may have won a Best in Show Award in any Plaza Arts Center Photo Contests or 4 or more ribbons in the 2017 Plaza Arts Center Photo Contest.

Junior: Photographers are under 18 years of age at photo submission time. They may enter any photo with no regard to categories. See entry fee information under Entry Instructions.

CATEGORIES for Amateur Division:
  • Landscapes
  • Birds
  • Country Roads
  • Animals
  • Flowers
  • My Favorite Things
  • Smorgasbord (if it doesn’t fit elsewhere)
  • *One Word Essay
CATEGORIES for Advanced Division:
  • Landscapes
  • Out and About
  • Smorgasbord (if it doesn’t fit elsewhere)
  • *One Word Essay
  • **Digital Darkroom

*ONE WORD ESSAY: Enter a photo that best depicts one word such as hope, love, determination, excitement, adventure…any word you choose. Name your photo with that one word. Do not place the word on the photo. That will be done by event coordinators. Write the word chosen on the entry form.


Amateur: Images submitted must be in-camera, single exposures, in-camera high dynamic range (HDR), and must not be digitally altered beyond standard optimization including cropping, removal of dust, nominal adjustments to exposure, color, contrast, saturation, sharpening, etc.

**Advanced – Digital Darkroom Category: This category is for images altered using post-processing techniques that add visual elements to the image (for example adding clouds in a clear sky), composites of several visual elements, layer stacking of multi-exposures for sharpness through the depth of field or high dynamic range (HDR), artistic filters, or conversion of images to sepia or tonal.


CLICK HERE to print the rules and entry instructions. 

Get your brushes, paints, pencils, and canvas ready! The Plaza Arts Center is calling all Amateur Fine Artists to submit their work for the 7th Annual Fine Art Show taking place March 24 – April 7, 2018.
Entries for the Fine Art Show are also due on February 16, 2018.


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