Photography Competition and Exhibit

Exhibit: July 16 – August 31, 2018

The Arts Center

Opening Reception: Friday July 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM


Athens Area Council for the Arts is pleased to present our first Photography Art Competition.

Residents of McMinn and surrounding counties are invited to enter photographs in two divisions: digital and film.

Winners of this year’s competition


Best In Show – Wayne Setser “Northrop Falls/Sunlight”


 1st Place, Film Division – Gunnel Lindsey “Keeper of Treasures”


2nd Place, Film Division – Wayne Setser “Yahoo Falls”


 1st Place, Digital Division – Russ Davidson “The Keyhole”
Judge’s Statement – Winners

The subtlety and restraint of Northrop Falls brought me back to it time and time again. The ability to meter for both the highlights and shadows, while also framing the composition in a beautiful manner help it stand out.
The Keyhole is a lovely and simple landscape. It’s very well photographed. I love the colors, composition and overall feel. Excellent!
What an incredible portrait! The composition of Keeper of Treasures couldn’t have been better. The books, aka “treasures,” help frame the subject in a perfectly interesting manner. Hands down, this is one of my favorite images.
I love everything about Yahoo Falls Sunrise. It is beautifully composed and captures the essence of the Cumberland Plateau and iconic Southeast Tennessee.

Judge’s Statement – Honorable Mentions

Best Landscape – The type of landscape in Driftwood Reflections is what photographers spend their lives wishing for. It’s simply perfect.
Best Concept Oblivious is perfectly clever, playful, and fun. Excellent concept and colors!
Best Architecture Shooting in such harsh light has many challenges but the photographer’s ability to correctly handle the challenges of Church Windows, such as retaining both highlights and shadows, and compose it fittingly help this image leave a lasting mark.
Best Portrait What an incredible portrait! The composition of Keeper of Treasures couldn’t have been better. The books, aka “treasures,” help frame the subject in a perfectly interesting manner. Hands down, this is one of my favorite images.

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