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Ocean City Arts Center celebrates spring with their photography show

Ocean City Arts Center celebrates spring with their photography show

OCAC photography show (courtesy of Ocean City Arts Center)

Ever think a photo you took could be award winning? Here’s your chance to find out. The Ocean City Arts Center is looking for applicants of all photography levels for their annual April photography show. 

“Last year, we didn’t have the photography show and we’re so excited about resuming the annual photography show. I think if the people in town come into the Arts Center in April, they’re going to see so many interesting photographs,” said Rosalyn Lifshin, executive director. 

Applicants can drop off up to three pieces that are ready to be hung (framed and wired) between March 13 through March 29. The application fee is $18/ piece and the photographs have to be taken in the past three years. Application forms can be found on the Arts Center website. Applicants do not need to have previously published work; some years, teens enter the show. 

This year, the three judges are photographers themselves- Taylor Hadley, Maddie Giardina, and Matt Crowne.

“Every year, we have independent judges. Most of the time, they’re looking for technical (how well the photograph is taken from the technical standpoint(,the presentation, the composition, and the theme.” 

Theme is probably the most attention grabbing component of the submissions.

“Sometimes, judges may look for a piece and say ‘Wow that’s a really interesting way to look at that subject matter,’” said Rosalyn. 

The three judges will decide on awards at the end of March. Best of show will get $250.

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Second place is $150, third place is $100, two honorable mentions are $50 each. Additionally, the President’s Award is $200. This is the president of the board’s favorite photograph. 

The photography show will be held from April 1- April 30 at the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson, second floor. They are open Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. About 50 pieces are usually accepted into the show. Their usual Meet the Artists Reception is pending due to COVID restrictions. 

The Ocean City Arts Center started because of the Boardwalk Art Show, traditionally held in August. 

“The Boardwalk Art Show started more than 50 years ago. Because people enjoyed it so much, a few people in the city got together and said “‘Wow, there’s really an interest in art’ and founded the Arts Center,” Rosalyn said. 

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