PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Northwestern Regional Library’s 10th-annual photography show kick-off event featured entries from 12 of the branches in the region.
The traveling show opened here at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library, where the show originated in 2006.
Library staff from across the region came together to collect the entries and install the show. Then the judges, Pat Keiger, Gary Bell, and Hobart Jones, spent a full day evaluating the 208 pieces, awarding first, second, third, and honorable mention in four categories and five age and skill levels.
Additional pieces were selected to be part of the traveling exhibit. “This library is the only place you will be able to see the show in its entirety,” said Branch Librarian Anna Nichols, explaining that limited space allows the other branches to display only a small selection.
The kick-off event began with a photography workshop led by Stewart Royall, owner of Studio Roxie in Sparta. With an extensive background in wedding photography and family portraits, he has spent recent years perfecting his fast-action, sports photography.
Royall shared techniques he uses outdoors, on location, and in the studio. “In Allegheny you’ve got about two months a year you can shoot outside; the rest of the time it better be in the studio,” he joked.
His best advice was to always have a back-up camera, especially for weddings which cannot be redone. “I promise you that if you do this long enough you will have a lens that will lock up, a camera go error, a card will crash, and a flash will explode,” said Royall. He also recommended storing files in multiple locations to prevent losing work.
With nearly 100 people in attendance, the workshop had people standing in the back.
One attendee commented, “I’ve learned a lot. I just hope I can remember it.”
After the workshop time was allowed for refreshments, viewing the exhibit, and voting for the People’s Choice award.
Nichols took a moment before announcing the winners to thank all the participants and speak about the history of the show. “We started out in 2006 with a concept, a photo contest showcasing the best places to read a book,” Nichols said, noting the maturity that has occurred in both the show as a whole and the individual artists.
Kalena Chappell won best in show for her entry, Enjoying the Flowers. The People’s Choice award went to Sandra Draughn for the photo Hitching a Ride. A full listing of winners is available on the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library Facebook page.
The show will remain in Pilot Mountain through the end of April and can be viewed during regular library hours.