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JBLM hosts fall photo contest

Submissions of photographs between 150 KB and 2 MB, without time or name stamp taken after September 2014 can be submitted now through Dec. 31. File photo

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There's a bird in a tree, captured as he opens his mouth to snatch a berry. Then there are two waterfowl, spots of light reflected against dark water, all vitality and energy stopped mid-flight. These aren't the prey focused in the scopes of a hunter's gun; rather, they've been captured by a different kind of lens, and a click of the shutter.  They're just two of the winners of the 2014 Army Digital Photography Contest. 

But that was last year.  The current competition is underway, and JBLM Arts and Crafts facility director Lesley Hill is poised and ready to do her part in the judging process.  She will be part of the judging panel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord; from here winners advance to be judged at U.S. Army Installation Management Command headquarters on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston against the winners from other military installations.  "Last year we had a little over seventy entries, fifty-three of which were advanced to the Department of the Army judging, two of which won first place in their respective categories," Hill recalls. Overall, last year there were 539 entrants and 2,529 photographs.

To enter, participants have to be active-duty military (the first division of competition) or family members, retirees, or DA civilians per AR 215-1 (the second division).  Within each division fall seven categories; winners at JBLM in each division and category advance to compete army-wide.

Categories for photography are animals, design elements, digital darkroom, military life, nature & landscapes, people and still-life.  While there's some grey area between some of the categories, participants should be aware that the design elements category emphasizes line, shape and pattern, and should not be a showcase for Photoshop techniques.  The latter is better showcased in the digital darkroom category.  Additionally, participants should note that photos in the people category may require a model release form available through the application process.

Applicants can apply through https://cloud.mwr.army.mil/apptrac and can submit up to three digital images per category.  Submissions of photographs between 150 KB and 2 MB, without time or name stamp taken after September 2014 can be submitted now through Dec. 31. Complete rules can be viewed via www.armymwr.com/recleisure/artsandcrafts/photo-contest-rules.aspx.  Winners will be announced in February, and images will be visible on the contest website.

Also, keep tabs on some of the exciting programming coming soon to the JBLM Arts and Craft facilities (and other locations) by visiting their website at www.jblmmwr.com/arts_crafts.html.

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