Youth photo contest highlights Adirondacks

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Institute for Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce that Kate Menconeri will be the judge for this year's "24 Hours - A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks" contest for high school students in the Adirondacks.

Kate has organized over 100 exhibitions and curated dozens of individual and group shows for the Center of Photography at Woodstock, and most recently, at Bard College. She has been an invited juror and reviewer for FotoFest, SPE, Critical Mass, and PDN among others.

The theme for this year's contest is to present one photograph representing any hour of a day during any week from April 15, 2009 through April 15, 2010 in the Adirondack Park. The Institute hopes to attract more of a diverse collection this year: not only beautiful photos of the Adirondack Park, but photographs of daily routines that make up everyone's lives; work, school, and those special moments captured with friends. The goal is to represent each hour in a day by a photograph.

Entries need to be postmarked or submitted on-line no later than April 15. Entries must include the photographer's name, address, telephone number, grade, age, high school's name and address, name of the supervising teacher and work telephone number, date and location of the photograph, the hour the photograph was taken and the type of camera used. Photos must be able to be replicated in 11" by 14" format for the institute to be able to reproduce matte and frame each winning entry. Each photo is to be accompanied by a short written explanation approximately 50-150 words describing the photographer's mindset or intention. Images will be returned after gallery closings.

The winning photographs will be exhibited with an opening reception at the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society in May 2010 and a reception and exhibit at the Adirondack Lakes Center of Arts in July 2010. The collection will also be included in the Institute's online gallery. A winning photographer from each grade will receive individualized feedback on his or her photography from judge/independent curator Kate Menconeri.

For more information, contact Sarah Wilson, Executive Director of the Lake Placid Institute, by calling 523-1312 or e-mailing sarah@lakeplacidinstitute.org.

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