Contest is open to all area photographers

Contest is open to all area photographers

Image Credit: David Bartus

Local photography club, Focus Point, is sponsoring its 12th annual photography contest at the Atwood Area Fall Festival Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. The contest is open to anyone who loves to take pictures.

Three theme categories will be offered: On the Water, Love and The Color Purple. Entries will be broken up into age groups: one for 18 and younger and one for those over 18. The entry fee is $3 per photo with a limit of three entries, one in each category.

Focus Point is the new name for the former Tuscarawas County Amateur Photographer’s Association. “We’re a more loosely organized group now, and the shorter name is much easier to remember,” said Focus Point member Julie Murray, who is helping to organize the photography show.

Murray said members are willing to help out those who are unable to make the drive to Atwood Lake to drop off their entries. “We can pick the photos up and take them out there for them if need be,” she said. “We will be set up in camping area H so people know where to find us. Last year was our first time managing the show at Atwood Lake, and we found we weren’t specific about where to go. Camping area H is easy to find.”

All entries must have been taken by the entrant. Only minimal digital editing is permitted for color, contrast or cropping. The size for entered photos is restricted to 11 by 14 inches. Photos should be mounted to a stiff backboard with no frames or glass.

Entries will be accepted through 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, and judging will take place the next morning before the festival opens at 10 a.m. Winners will have ribbons attached to their entries for the duration of the festival. Ribbons are given by Focus Point while plaques will be provided to winning entries by Atwood Area Fall Festival. The judge this year is Michael Wise of the Arts Center of Newcomerstown.

“This year,” Murray said, “all the proceeds from the show will go to the Arts Center of Newcomerstown. The center has a lot of good programs for artists there, and we’re pleased to help with funding.”

The show is not limited to professional or skilled photographers. “It’s open to anyone who is willing to pick up a camera and be creative,” Murray said.

Entries should be submitted with entry form and fees to the Weaver Photo Barn at camping area H on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3-7 p.m. More information about the contest is available from Murray at, Gary Conner at or Christy Penland-McMillan at People also may call Penland-McMillan at 740-255-6880.

Area photographers are welcome to join Focus Point for any of its club meetings, which are held the third Monday of each month at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts.

“We also plan field trips,” Murray said. “In April we went to Cuyahoga National Park and took a lot of pictures. In May we went to the Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna.”

The club also hosts a show at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts each year.

According to, “The Atwood Area Fall Festival reaches a wide audience with food, music, homemade crafts, hands-on displays, entertainment, interpretive demonstrations, exhibits and more.”

Atwood Lake is located near Mineral City, Ohio.