Amateur photographers of Lincoln County need to take off those lens caps and get to clicking.
The Lincoln Arts Councilâ€™s annual Amateur Photography Competition will accept entries on Jan 4 and 5. The show will open Jan. 9.
â€œWe have a lot of people around here who are wonderful amateur photographers,â€ said Mary Jane Howard, executive director of the council.
Categories for the competition include plant life/landscape, people/animal life, abstract/special effects/miscellaneous and black and white.
Awards are $125 for best in show, $25 for first place in a category, $15 for second place and $10 for third place.
â€œI donâ€™t think the people really care about the prize money, they just like to see their pieces win,â€ said Howard.
Joseph Brymer, a local photographer who has recently opened his own studio, will be judging the competition. His own work is currently on display at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
No one who participates in the competition can be under 18, hold a photographerâ€™s license or make their living at photography. Entries should be original photos that have not been reproduced for public sale.
Each entry must be framed and ready to hang. No sawtooth hangers are allowed, and the work must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.
The opening reception will take place on Jan. 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cultural Center, which is located at 403 E. Main St.
Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. in the Carolina Mills Gallery. The exhibit will run through Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Those interested in entering can drop off their works of art at the Cultural Center Jan. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information call 704-732-9044.by Sarah Grano