PILOT MOUNTAIN — Some of the best local photography will be on display here next week.
Top entries of amateur photographers will be featured at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library beginning Tuesday with the awards reception for the 2018 Northwestern Regional Library Traveling Photography Contest.
“This year our theme will be ‘Libraries Transformed’,” said Anna Nichols, branch librarian. “We have an estimated 180 pieces in categories ranging from child to adult, including black and white, digitally altered and abstract. All categories but one will be for amateurs only.”
A photography workshop, hosted by Linda Weaver of the Linda Weaver Art Studio at Reynolda Village, will begin the evening event at 5:30 p.m. Weaver also serves as one of this year’s three judges, joined by Pat Keiger and Gary Bell.
The opening reception will follow at 6:45 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
“This started 12 years ago, when we began working with youth who submitted their snapshots,” Nichols said. “We thought it was a fun adventure and began to wonder what we could do to grow this and enhance public appreciation. Since then it has grown and has become well beloved. People look forward to it each year.”
According to Nichols, one of the highlights of the show’s development is seeing how its participants have grown and matured in their photography skills. She noted that many have moved to more advanced categories while some have gone on to do professional work.
“It’s been inspiring to see how so many have blossomed over the years,” she explained.
First, second and third place will be presented in each category, along with honorable mention awards. A Best of Show will be presented, as will a People’s Choice Award.
The competition now encompasses all four counties and 13 libraries in the Northwestern Regional Library system. A juried selection of the pieces will go on to be displayed at all library locations over the course of the next year, traveling from library to library.
“We look forward to this each year,” Nichols said. “It’s a lot of work but we enjoy the fun and the community appreciation.”
The Charles H. Stone Memorial Library is located at 319 W. Main St., Pilot Mountain.