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Indian Lake Theater to host photo festival, contest with professional photographer Nancie Battaglia Oct. 11

INDIAN LAKE - The time has come again for amateur photographers young and old to show off their work to a local audience. The Indian Lake Theater announced they will again host a photo contest and festival Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Professional photographer Nancie Battaglia will visit the theater to deliver critiques, encouragement and present some of her own work.

The festival theme is "Life in Motion" and local photographers are welcome to submit up to five photographs for review. Selected photographs will be displayed at the festival and will receive prizes if varying categories. Scanned versions of film photographs are also welcome. All submitted photographs will be shown at a culminating slideshow during the festival. Deadline for submission is Sept. 27, and photos should be sent to info@indianlaketheater.org.

"We chose Life in Motion with Nancie to inspire our local photographers to expand their horizons and explore life around them," said theater board president Ben Strader. "We are surrounded by a living and moving world - people, animals, trees blowing in the wind - and photography is a wonderful and challenging way to capture that. I can't wait to see what our local photographers e-mail us."

The Indian Lake Theater is building on last year's contest and festival to provide a community-based event that brings friends and neighbors together to enjoy local amateur photography, curated and narrated by some of the region's most prominent photographers.

The goal of the festival is to provide a forum for aspiring photographers in local communities to exhibit their work - seniors citizens, students and everyone in between, according to theater director Pat Connor.

"Last year's festival was a great chance for folks to see their photographs blown up large on our theater screen, and to have the unique experience of hearing commentary on their images by a professional photographer," she said. "I think this year's will be even better! It's such a fun way to use the theater space."

Battaglia has been documenting Adirondack lifestyles, scenes, themes, and sporting activities for more than 25 years and is a frequent contributor to Adirondack Life as well as many Adirondack Mountain Club publications. Her stock and assignment photography has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, Ski, Newsweek, Boys' Life, Outside, National Geographic Adventures, New York Times, and USA Today.

Tickets to this year's show are $5, but submissions are free of charge. This program is made possible by funding from the New York State Council of the Arts Hamilton County Decentralization Program.

For more information, call 648-5950 or visit www.indianlaketheater.org.

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