Take out your cell phone, dust off that old Polaroid, and start taking pictures, or tap into your creative soul and produce an art masterpiece. The 2021 Friends of the Locust Fork River Art and Photo Contest is underway and is an excellent way to show off those “Awesome by Nature” photos or artwork pieces.
Twelve categories give photographers a wide variety of options to showcase their “outdoorsy” pictures. From birds and basking creatures to farm life to habitats and seasons and everything in between, this contest is one you don’t want to miss. Pictures must have been taken in Blount County.
Those same categories give artists an opportunity to show off their creativity through any form of flat work including oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, colored pencils, pastels, textured collages, mixed media, or glass. Artwork can be of any style (fine art, realistic, abstract, surrealism, etc.), but must be original, represent one of the categories as seen in Blount County, and made solely by the submitter.
Age divisions are divided into two categories, adults and teens (ages 13 to 19.) There is no fee to enter and submissions will be numbered and judged anonymously. Judging criteria will include originality, technical experience, outstanding representation of the subject, composition, and the story they tell. Submissions are currently being accepted through July 15.
Winners will be notified by email no later than Sept. 15. Winners will also receive a cash award ranging from $25 to $200 and will have their photos printed on banners and displayed at various locations in Blount County between October 2021 and September 2022. The winning artwork will also be displayed at various locations in Blount County between those same dates.
FLFR was established in 1991 with a mission to preserve the free-flowing and natural wonder of the Locust Fork River and its tributaries by educating the community, promoting recreation, watch dogging polluters, and advocating for the River.