Photography competition new to Summerfest

It’s that time of year again. With Summerfest right around the corner many local artists have been spotted out and about capturing the beauty of Cache Valley with their brush hoping to claim the top prize at this year’s Plein Air competition and auction. Traditionally known for their wide selection of juried paintings, Summerfest is opening a new competition specifically for photography. “There is a lot of digital photography out there,” says Mary Ann Sidwell, director of the faire, “and we wanted to give them an opportunity to participate.” The new contest is divided into five different categories: Black and White, Portrait, Landscape, Digital, and Still Life. Similar to the Plein Air contest, participants have two to three days to go out and take that winning picture. The only criteria, says Sidwell, is that the photo be framed and on her desk by noon Wednesday. “It can be any size and any shape as long as it’s printed out and framed by Wednesday.” All professional and budding photographers are encouraged to participate as this is a chance to have their work judged and seen by the public. After all entries are turned in, the photographs will be juried and ranked that night at a dinner for the participants where $500 will be award to the winner. Throughout Summerfest the public will have an opportunity to bid on the pictures with all proceeds going to the photographers. “We wanted to involve more artists,” Sidwell says, “and this is a great avenue to do so.” For more information about the new photography contest visit For those looking to participate, an entrance fee of $30 is required and framed entries (up to two but must be in different categories) are to be in by Wednesday at the Summerfest Arts Faire offices on 69 E 100 N Logan.

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