Ansel Adams Photo Contest

January 23 – February 19, 2021

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

  • 1st Prize: $100
  • 2nd Prize: $50
  • 3rd Prize: $25

All winning pieces will be printed, framed, and displayed in Piedmont Arts Foster Gallery.

Must be a Martinsville City or Henry County Resident in Grades 6 – 12 to enter.

Only one entry per person will be judged.

Submissions are due by 5 pm on February 19, 2021.

Entries will be judged by members of Piedmont Arts and Carter Bank & Trust Staff.

Winners will be notified by phone and announced at the Closing Reception for Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on February 26, 2021.

Contest Rules + Guidelines:

  • Photographs should be black and white.
  • Photographs should look like photographs and should not be distorted through effects to look like paintings or drawings.
  • Pay attention to clarity. Ansel Adams rejected soft, ethereal photography. All his images have crisp, clear details in the foreground and background.
  • Pay attention to perspective. Ansel Adams kept the horizon line high in his photographs to diminish the sky and emphasize the epic scale of the landscape.
  • Evoke emotion. Ansel Adams wanted his photographs to capture the way a scene felt, not the way it looked.
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