Shutterbugs take aim at blue ribbons – Arkansas News

Shutterbugs take aim at blue ribbons – Arkansas News

Published 9:57 p.m. CT Sept. 14, 2017


Marsha Beene, superintendent of the Creative Arts division of the Baxter County Fair, talks about the different photography categories and how judges critique photos.

With hopes of winning a blue ribbon or a coveted Best of Show award, Baxter County’s amateur photographers turned in photographs Sunday and Tuesday at the Baxter County Fair to be judged.

Exhibitors are divided into five age categories: Adult (19 years old and up), Junior (ages 14-18), Youth (ages 9-13), Children (ages 5-8) and Pre-K (up to age 4). Photos are judged based on quality of lighting, their overall sharpness and composition.

“You’re looking for a clear subject, a photo that tells a story without distractions,” said Marsha Beene, superintendent for the fair’s Creative Arts category.

Judges review between 600 and 800 photos a year in the fair’s photography competition, which is open to amateurs.

Donna Pittman of Mountain Home said she had high hopes for a black-and-white photograph of a bird in flight. She has won two Best of Show awards at previous fairs with her bird pictures.

“I really like it, but it really depends on the judges,” she said. “We’ll have to see.”

Donna Pittman’s sister, Debbie, submitted seven photos for judging Sunday afternoon. Her pictures included shots of animals, birds, flowers and the moon.

“I just love being outside, in creation,” Debbie Pittman said when asked what her…

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