It's out with the old and in with the new for the 12th Annual Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition. In addition to getting a new name this year, the event is also being held on a new date, May 29-June 27, and at a new location — the Kingsport Renaissance Center.
Last year's event, the Kingsport Fall Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition, was held in September at the Main Art Center in downtown Kingsport. The venue has since closed, however, leaving founder Ann Fortney scrambling to find a new location for the 2014 event, which she started as a way to promote interest in the art of photography and to provide a quality competition for amateur and professional photographers of all ages throughout the region.
The Kingsport Art Guild agreed to let Fortney hold this year's contest and exhibition in its second-floor Main Gallery at the Renaissance Center, but the gallery's schedule was already full for fall, which meant Fortney would have to move her event to the spring.
"I was worried a bit because I was moving the event to a new location and now I am moving the date of the event and the name, but I felt it was giving the Kingsport Spring Spectacular a freshness so I stopped worrying and ran with it," Fortney said.
Entries are currently being accepted for the 2014 Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition. Youth-, amateur- and proficient-level photographers are invited to submit their color or black-and-white photographs in any of three categories: Nature, Pictorial and the Carrie Penley Themed category, named in memory of Fortney's
late mother. This year's theme is "Motherly Love."
"This can be but does not have to be portrait photos," Fortney said. "It can be cats and kittens, dogs and puppies, large flowers and small buds, for example. It's only limited by your imagination."
Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each category, along with recipients of the Best in Show, People's Choice and Jerry Penley "I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region" awards. Honorable mentions in each category will receive ribbons.
Entry forms are available at regional photo labs, framing/matting stores, hobby/craft stores, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and online at www.penjaccphoto.com. Information and updates can also be found on the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition's Facebook page.
Entries will be accepted at Rainbow's End Floral and Gift Shop, located at 214 E. Center St. in downtown Kingsport, Monday through Friday, April 28 through May 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, May 3 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entries may also be be shipped to Ann Fortney at 154 W. Wanola Ave., Kingsport, Tenn. 37660 by the May 10 deadline.
There is an entry fee of $5 per photograph.
Judging will be held beginning at 10 a.m., May 17 at the Renaissance Center and is open to the public.
All entries will be included in the exhibition, on view May 29-June 27 in the Renaissance Center's second-floor Main Gallery and in the atrium during regular business hours.
A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., June 1 in the gallery. All awards will be presented that day with the exception of the People's Choice award, which will be presented at 4 p.m., June 21. The deadline for voting for the People's Choice award is 3 p.m., June 21.
Sponsors of the 2014 Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition are PENJACC Productions, Kingsport Imaging Systems, the Kingsport Times-News, Kingsport Art Guild, Kingsport Renaissance Center, Rainbow's End Floral and Gift Shop, Adventure Time Hot Air Ballooning, Eastman Camera Club and Eddie's Trophies and Gift Store.
For more information, call Fortney at (423) 914-5453.