"The contest is open to amateur photographers and is judged on photographic quality, artistic quality and composition," said Steve Guttery, president of the Dyersburg-Dyer County Photography Club. "Please note that poor snapshots, no matter how exceptional the moment, probably should not be submitted. Shoot Dyer County winning images are most often well-planned and perfectly exposed artistic images that depict life in Dyer County. We won't turn away snapshots, but since this contest strives for excellence, we suggest that you carefully look through the images you plan to submit now that you know what our judges are looking for."
"The contest is designed to get people involved in the community," said Hayes. "It gives us a chance to step back and look at our community, feature local photographers and give individuals a chance to earn prize money and possibly see their photos published."
There are seven categories to choose from, including Agriculture, Architectural, Historical, People/Events, Landscapes/Scenic, Wildlife and Photoshop Created Assemblage. First-place winners in each category will be awarded $100. The People's Choice Award earns a $200 prize. Entrants will also enjoy the possibility of their work being used in web sites and print publications by the Chamber, area school systems, city and county government. Over the past four years, entries have appeared on the cover and inside issues of Destination magazine, the State Gazette, on the Chamber of Commerce and State Gazette web sites and in a locally published photo book. The idea is to feature our community and the photographers who capture those images.
All entries must be taken in Dyer County between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012. They must be printed in 8"-by-10" size and submitted along with a digital copy on a compact disk. Both the print copy and the digital copy must be labeled with the name of the photographer, title of the photo, category (one of 6) and classification. The deadline for submission has been extended to Tuesday, Jan. 29. Judging will be done by professional photographers and photography educators. All photos will be on display in the Learning Resource Center at Dyersburg State Community College from Feb. 4 until Feb. 21. A reception will be held at the LRC to announce winners on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. All photos become the property of the Dyersburg-Dyer County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, contact Steve Guttery at 731-285-3433.