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October 29, 2008 > Juried Photography Exhibit

Juried Photography Exhibit

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco

For about a month each year, the City of Fremont has the unique opportunity to celebrate the talents of its local photographers as the popular FCAC Annual Juried Photo Show is put on display in the Fremont Main Library. The Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC), along with the assistance of the City of Fremont Recreation Services and the Alameda County Libraries is pleased to sponsor the Fifteenth Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, taking place November 7 to December 5.

This year 59 Fremont photographers and members of Fremont photography clubs submitted their photographs for the chance to win cash prizes and to showcase their talents to the community. A panel of three judges selected the winning photographs. Glenn Corlew is past president of Northern California Camera Clubs Council and Yerba Buena Chapter of Photographic Society of America. Ellie Webster is a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America acting as Director of the Travel Aides Service and Director of the Nature Division's Essay Competitions. She also has had "one woman" shows of her African images in Palo Alto Galleries and at the San Mateo County Arts Council Gallery. Allison Brooks is a professional photographer and former owner of a professional darkroom called "The Negative Space." She is also a board member and past president for Northern California Council of Camera Clubs.

There were 189 entries this year; and from that pool, the judges had the unenviable task of selecting the images worthy for display at the exhibit. Selections were made based on Artistic Merit, Originality, Difficulty and Technical Aspects. First Place was awarded to Jacline Deridder for "Still Water." Second Place went to Barbie Dike for "Legs on Baker Beach." The Third Place winner was Sean Duan for "Morning Creek." Recipients of ten Merit Awards include entries by Terry McCafferty, Marco Pavesi, Tom Matt, Douglas Stinson, Julianne Howe, Ian Bornarth, Jordan Bickett, and James Sakane. A list of the selected prints for exhibit can be found online at

The "People's Choice Award" will be determined at the exhibit's Opening Night Reception, which is open to the public and will be held on Friday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Fremont Main Library's Fukaya Room. Exhibit Chairman Jason Cheng stated, "I personally think this is one of the best parts of the annual event. Many of the photographers (whose works were selected for display) attend (the reception) so you often get to meet the photographer who took the picture you may particularly like and get a chance to discuss the photo with them, how it was taken, what inspired them to take the photo, etc." Light refreshments will be served at the reception.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the reception or visit the exhibit. "These days everyone seems to have a digital camera - in their cell phone if nothing else - and so photography is something everyone has at least some exposure to. Seeing some really nice photos can inspire people to go out and try to take better pictures themselves," said Cheng. If you are a photographer interested in submitting an entry for next year's exhibit but reside outside Fremont, you can still enter by joining one of the photography clubs in Fremont, including the Fremont Photographic Society or Photogenesis. Information about the photo clubs should be available at the opening night reception. Annual fees for each club are approximately $25-$30. "I've found over the years that many people who like taking photos but have never joined a photography club seem to get inspired to join a photo club after attending the opening night exhibit," Cheng mused.

Juried Photography Exhibit
Friday, November 7 - Friday, December 5
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

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