Soldotna’s ARTSpace Inc., the Redoubt Reporter, city of Soldotna and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring two summer photo contests with cash prizes, publication and possible later use in local art activities. All submitted work must be family friendly, suitable for general publication and for exhibition in locations where children may be present.
The deadline for submitting images to each contest is 11:59 p.m., Aug. 21. The contest is open to all Alaska residents with a permanent U.S. mailing address in Alaska and who are either amateur photographers or emerging photographic artists. There is no entry fee.
All submissions should be made as fully corrected, highest-quality JPEG format image files suitable for immediate use and emailed to Artspaceak@gmail.com prior to deadline. All submissions must be made by email and must be accompanied by a signed, official entry form, agreeing to the contest rules, terms and conditions.
Entrants may enter either the Fine Art or Soldotna contests, or both. Each emailed entry must be specifically labeled as “Fine Art” or “Soldotna” in the subject line of the email.
The Fine Art contest encompasses work of a primarily artistic nature of any subject matter and photographic technique. Both single images and bodies of work — a series of six to 10 related fine art images that cohesively examine a specific subject, place or technique — are eligible and welcome. Bodies of work are preferred in the Fine Art contest.
Awards in the Fine Art Body of Work category are $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. A single $100 cash prize will be awarded for the best single image. All photos will be judged by University of Alaska art faculty and others for artistry, including concept and composition, technical quality, realization of intent and originality.
The city of Soldotna contest seeks no more than five images per entrant that depict life, recreation, economic activity and/or nature in and around the city of Soldotna.
Awards in the Soldotna contest are $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. Individual photos will be judged for strong content, artistic presentation and concept, technical quality and suitability for use in various city of Soldotna and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Web sites and publications. The city of Soldotna will print and display decorative highway banners of one or more suitable entries in this contest.
Individual entrants may later be invited to participate in a variety of later exhibits and art activities, including Phase II of ARTSpace’s Central Peninsula outdoor public and art mural projects, Soldotna’s forthcoming yearlong “drawers” exhibit, and as entries into Soldotna’s 2016 Memorial Day Emerging Artist contest. A few dozen of the best images from each contest will be included in later commemorative books of photographs.
Soldotna contest entries also will be made available to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and the city of Soldotna for review and for possible promotional use of entered photographs as set out in the official rules, terms, and conditions posted on the ARTSpace 2015 photo contest Web page.