Entries are now being taken for the 2016 Poke Sallet Festival Photography Contest. Hosted by The Harlan County Arts Council, this year’s contest will be on display on the upper level of the Harlan Center during the annual festival, and will also remain on display through June 14.
“Harlan Tourism Director Brandon Pennington has been very gracious to host the contest this year at The Harlan Center,” said Harlan County Arts Council President Jennifer McDaniels. “We’re excited to have this festival favorite back at the Harlan Center, but we’re also equally as excited that Brandon is such a big supporter of The Arts and extended the invitation for the contest display to be up an additional week and a half.”
Poke Sallet Festival Photography Contest entries can be dropped off at the Harlan Center from now until June 1. Entries may be submitted to staff of the Harlan Center during the center’s operation hours each day.
McDaniels said cost for the contest was $3 per entry for adults, and $2 per entry for youth ages 15 and under.
“We’re hoping to have the biggest number of entries yet,” McDaniels said. “The photography contest has always been a festival favorite because it allows for community participation, and it also is a wonderful opportunity for local folks to showcase their talents, and showcase the beauty of this place and its people.”
This year’s Poke Sallet Festival Photography Contest will have three divisions — amateur, professional and youth. The youth division will be open for any theme, and will be for ages 15 and under. The amateur and professional divisions will have nine categories each including: People, Animals, Landscape, Nature, Architecture, Harlan County, Black and White, Photo Manipulation and Open.
First, second, third and honorable mention ribbons will be awarded in each of the categories in all divisions. A Best of Show plaque will be awarded to the contest’s overall winner. Judging, which will be closed to the public, will take place on June 2 at 2 p.m. Blue ribbon winners in each of the categories will be notified on Thursday evening. The Best of Show plaque, which will be chosen from the blue ribbon winners, will be announced on June 4, at noon, during a small presentation at the contest photo display on the upper level of the Harlan Center.
According to McDaniels, all submissions should be matted and should be at least 8×10 in size. Submitted images must also have been taken within the last two years. Judging will be based on the following artistic elements: composition, technical approach and creative approach. Good representation of the category will also be a judging criteria. With the exception of the Photo Manipulation category, submissions that have been altered to the degree of changing the original composition of the image will be disqualified. Only slight adjustments in brightness and contrast, sharpness, hue and saturation will be judged. The Photo Manipulation category is intended for images that have been photo-shopped.
Harlan County Arts Council members will be set up at Tuesday’s Ice Cream Social, which is being hosted by the Harlan County Cooperative Extension Agency at the Harlan Depot. Arts council members will have a table set up where they will be taking photo contest submissions from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information about this year’s Poke Sallet Festival Photography Contest, contact McDaniels at 606-573-4223 or 606-273-5139.