The South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado announces a call for entries for its upcoming annual photography competition, "The Viewfinder.”

The exhibit will be on display in the Merkle and Price galleries February 5-26. A total of $600 in cash prizes will be awarded at the artist's reception 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, February 21.

"The Viewfinder" explores the interests and imagination of shutterbugs throughout South Arkansas community and beyond. The easy accessibility of digital cameras has dramatically expanded the environment surrounding photography, opening the medium to practitioners from all walks of life and levels of experience.

Entries for this competition must be delivered to SAAC by February 3, 2020. Limit 2 pieces per person with a non-refundable entry fee of $10 each for SAAC members and $15 for general public. New members are eligible for one free entry.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show ($300), First Place ($150), Second Place ($75), Third Place ($50), and Honorable Mention ($20).

The judge will be Dr. Steven E. Ochs, professor of art at Southern Arkansas University. He will present the awards at 6 p.m. February 21.

Photographers may use any type of camera and print on any medium. Basic corrective editing in the dark room or digitally on the computer is allowed, but no graphic manipulations. Photographs must have been taken in the last five years and not previously shown at SAAC. No work done under supervision or in a classroom environment will be accepted.

Each piece must be ready for display in the gallery with a sufficient hanging method. Works must be delivered to SAAC by February 3 and picked up on February 27.

Artists are responsible for the delivery and pickup of all works.

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