Jacksonville Historical Society’s Photo Contest: “Through the Lens”
An exhibit of the Jacksonville Historical Society’s photo contest, “Through the Lens” winners will go on display in the Downtown Main Library’s first floor on Wednesday, February 7. That evening during Art Walk, is an opening reception, 5 to 8 pm. The winners of the cash prizes will be announced at 6:30pm with a special awards presentation.
Since 1929 the Jacksonville Historical Society has maintained the area’s largest archive of historic photographs. In 2017 it sponsored a photo contest to capture contemporary life in our community through a place, an event, the city’s people, the city’s history and architecture, the area’s social or cultural life, or a combination of these categories.
Amateur and professional photographers of all ages were invited to enter their four best images celebrating our community. There were over 60 entrants, and over 200 photos were submitted. The photos were judged based on their artistic quality, as well as their ability to creatively capture a slice of life in the Jacksonville community. The four judges were Paul Karabinis, Associate Professor of Photography at the University of North Florida; Pat Andrews, President of the Jacksonville Historical Society; Shawana Brooks, Arts and Culture Developer for the Jax Makerspace at the Main Library; and Dr. Wayne Wood, historian and author.
The contest and this exhibition were generously underwritten by a grant from William H. Jeter, Jr. and Deanne M. Clark. Prizes presented to the winners are as follows: Grand Prize winner – $1,000; Second Place winner – $500; Third Place winner – $300, and two Honorable Mention award winners – $100 each. The fifty best photos chosen by the judges will presented on display.
The Jacksonville Historical Society is grateful to all of the photographers who entered the contest, as well as the judges, the sponsors, and the Main Library.