The 17th Annual Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is issuing it’s yearly “call for entries.” Every Spring, photographers, who enter the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition, start deciding what photographs they want to enter. They choose from all the photographs they have taken throughout the past year(s).
The mission statement is “To promote interest and fun in the ever growing art of photography. To provide a quality competition for amateur and professional, young and young at heart in the region and beyond. This means that the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is for absolutely everyone. Whether you have just picked up a camera for the first time or have been a photographer for years; whether you enjoy photography as a hobby or a professional, whether you are 4 years old or 94 years old, this event is for you.
Each year Ann Fortney, Creator and Organizer of the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition, works with various media outlets, and post weekly on Facebook throughout the year, to build interest and provide information to the public. She states that she has both the Main Gallery and the Atrium Gallery, located in the Kingsport Renaissance Center, reserved in order to fill the walls with the talents of the photographers who enter.
The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is divided into three levels of competition: Youth, Amateur, and Proficient. The Youth level is for those young photographers ages 14 and under. Ann says the Youth level is a bit different in that she doesn’t divide the photographs into categories. She says that there just isn’t enough participants and entries to divide them into categories like the Amateur and Proficient levels. The photographs will be judged together, and the judges will be looking for all the elements that make a good photograph. The judges will take into account the inexperience of the young photographers.
The Amateur level is for those people who are just getting into photography, or who enjoys photography as a hobby, who enters competitions but doesn’t place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd regularly and doesn’t sell or offer to sell their photographs.
The Proficient level is for those people who are of a higher skill level in photography, who enters competitions and places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd regularly and who sells or offers to sell their photography. Ann says she further divides the levels of competitions into categories and each category, except the Special Theme, into color and monochrome (black & white). The categories are: Nature, Pictorial and the Carrie Penley Special Theme.
The Nature category is defined as “having nothing manmade” in it at all. This includes photos of still life, set flower arrangements, mounted specimens, museum, habitat or groups (zoo animals, etc.), domestic animals, horticultural plants, dirt roads and paths, etc. Photographs containing theses subjects must be entered in the Pictorial category.
The Pictorial Category can be anything and everything, including nature photographs. Ann says if you are not sure if your nature photo fits into the Nature category then enter it in the Pictorial category. The original image must have been made by the entrant. The image may be altered digitally; and artwork or graphic, created by the entrant, may be incorporated as long as the photo contents predominates. Ann says, “I understand there is software out there to make photos better, but the judges and I are interested in the work and skill of the photographer not the computer. I tell photographers who ask me about it this; I have no problem with it, if it equals what you would do in a real darkroom setting. In other words, if you can’t do it in a darkroom then don’t do it on a computer.”
The Carrie Penley Special Theme category honors a woman, Ann’s mother, who loved all kinds of scavenger hunts, especially photographic scavenger hunts. Each year the theme is different. It keeps photographers on their toes and it is just plain fun. This year’s theme is: “PLAYTIME” The photographs need to show “PLAYTIME.” It can be adults, kids, animals or all the above, as long as it shows “PLAYTIME.” This category is only limited by the person’s imagination. Have fun with it and think outside the box. Ann says she enjoys all the categories, but really anticipates the Special Theme category, because she likes to see how everyone interprets the Special Theme and what they enter. She said she has seen some very unique takes on the Special Theme entries in the past.
There are monetary prizes and ribbons awarded to those photographs placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, in each category, the “Best of Show,” and “People’s Choice.” There are ribbons for those photographs receiving Honorable Mentions. Ann wants to point out that the Youth Level receives the same prizes as the Amateur and Proficient Levels. There is one special award; which honors Ann’s father, The Jerry Penley “I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region.” “My mother and father supported my ambitious ideal of creating a photography contest in 2002,” says Ann, “They helped me create it, volunteered their help behind the scenes, my father even judged a couple of years.” When he pasted in 2006, she and her mother wanted to honor his love of the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region” with a special award. This award goes to only one photograph that best depicts the love of the Blue Ridge/ Appalachians like her father had. It can be of anything: historic buildings, barns, houses, scenic photos, Americana, waterfalls/water photos, flowers, animals, etc. Ann says, “If you want ideas of what the judges are looking for simply go to our website (www.penjaccphoto.com) and look at the photo gallery. There you can get a feel for what the award is about. You will enter the same photo into one of the other three categories, and if you desire to enter it for this special award, there is a place on the application to request it be judged for this award. It is required that the location where the photo was taken be named, to verify it was taken in the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region, so be sure to put that on the application as well. FYI: The Blue Ridge/Appalachians reach from Pennsylvania to Georgia.
The People’s Choice Award will be returning. This award is a chance for patrons coming to see the exhibition to become judges. After looking at the exhibit, you will have an opportunity to place a vote for your favorite photograph, and instructions will be at the exhibition. The deadline for voting will be Sunday June 16, 2019 at 3 p.m. Ann asks please be fair and vote only once per visit.
Participants can start turning their entries into Rainbow’s End Floral and Gift Shop, 214 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660 during the weekdays Monday-Friday April 29-May 10, 2019 from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. and on Saturdays May 4th and 11th from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. Deadline is May 11, 2019 at 3 p.m. “This isn’t just a local contest,” says Ann, “I have had entries as far away as California before, so if you live outside the region/state or know someone who may want to enter, you may ship your entries to me: Ann Fortney 154 W. Wanola Ave. Kingsport, TN 37660.” Just be sure they reach her by the deadline.
There is an entry fee of $5.00 per entry and there are no limits on the number of entries a person may enter. All entry fees are turned back into the event in the way of monetary prizes, ribbons, and the award reception.
The judging of the competition is Saturday May 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. till finished. The judging is open to the public and will be at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN. The times of judging each category depends on the number of entries. Ann encourages anyone wanting to watch, learn, and understand the judging process to attend. She says they make it fun and interesting, not boring. The judges will answer questions as well between categories as long as they have already judged the photo being asked about.
The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Exhibition will be open June 2-26, 2019 at the Main Art Gallery and Atrium Gallery located in the Kingsport Renaissance Center. At 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN. during regular business hours.
The Awards Reception will be held Sunday June 2, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at the Main Art Gallery located at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Please join us to recognize the winners, and get the first look at the beautiful photographs in the 2019 Kingsport Spring Spectacular Exhibition.
The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition applications will be out by the end of March at various locations throughout the region including: Kingsport, Greenville, Erwin, Johnson City, Elizabethton, Bristol TN/VA, Rogersville, Abingdon, Blountville, and points between. They are being sent to some locations in North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, and Kentucky. You can find them in all photo labs, most craft/hobby stores, matting/framing stores, libraries, some gift stores, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Kingsport Carousel, and etc. They can be found and printed from the website: www.penjaccphoto.com.
“I would like to thank all the media and stores that help me promote this event and let me put applications out in their businesses each year,” says Ann, “I would like to thank the 2019 Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition Sponsors: Adventure Time Hot Air Ballooning, Allison Outdoor Advertising, Eastman Camera Club, Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Hardee’s of Kingsport, Holston Valley Broadcasting Corp., Kingsport Art Guild, Kingsport Imaging Systems, Inc., Kingsport Renaissance Center, Kingsport Times News, Mac’s Medicine Mart, MyCroft Signs, Rainbow’s End Floral and Gift Shop, Signature Properties, Stir Fry Café, and The Loafer. Thank you for all of your support and belief in what I am doing with the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition.”
For more information contact Ann Fortney at 423-914-5453, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook at: Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition.