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Lakes Area Photography Show looking for submissions

Izak Verlennich took first place in the youth category with “Frosted Pine Cones” last year.1 / 2
Diane Turcotte took first place last year in the adult People’s Choice category with “Sailboat Polar Fest Fireworks.”2 / 2

Shutterbugs, get out your photos and get ready to show them off.

The Lakes Area Photography Group is hosting its second photography show Feb. 22-March 9 in the Washington Square Mall. Submissions are needed by Feb. 7 to be entered in the show.

Last year was the first year for the photo show, and the group couldn’t have guessed how many closet photographers they’d find around the area.

“We got together with basically four of us planning the show last year,” group member Jim Sinclair said of the photo group, “and now we have 88 members on our private Facebook page.”

So not only was the photo show a success, it helped grow the group — substantially.

“Our furthest member is actually living in Italy but is related to one of our other members here. We have maybe 30 active people in the group,” he added.

The group now meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Library. Anyone is welcome to attend.

“We’ve been able to get a group of people together to share ideas and motivate each other and help solve problems and questions for each other. But also, people who are interested in sharing the hobby,” he said.

The interest in the photo show came as a huge surprise to the group. He said when they first started planning for last year’s show, they hoped for 25 photographers who were willing to share their photos. They got over 50.

While the majority of that number was adults, Sinclair said they’d like to see more youth taking photos and submitting them. Ages 17 and under are considered youth, 18 and above are adult.

Along with having photos on display in the Washington Square Mall, there will also be seminars for those wanting to learn a little bit more about photography.

On Feb. 22, there will be a meet and greet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all photographers who have submitted photos for the contest and the general public.

Sinclair said they want as many photographers as possible at the mall that day to answer questions about their photos and share their interest with others.

On March 1, there will be mini seminars, and on March 8, photographers Ken Hupila and Adam Grim will be making presentations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

Sinclair said that Grim has a “pretty diversified interest” in photography, and Hupila of Snotty Moose Studio is from the Ely area and “does a lot of photography in the northeast part of the state, has a good history and is very interesting to talk to and listen to.”

Some members of the club will also be sharing some information through a round table discussion and beginner’s class.

“There’s a lot of stuff for any level of interest,” Sinclair said.

The mini seminars on March 1 include How to Select a Mat & Frame for your Photo at 10 a.m., Photography 101 – All the Basics at 10:30, DSLR Photography Techniques at 11, and Panel Discussion – Ask the Experts at 12:30 p.m.

Sinclair said they hope to have 75 photographers participate in the show this year.

“After being shocked last year, we’re hoping for 75, we have room for 75, and we’re anticipating maybe 100. Any more than 100 would be challenging, but we would get it done.”

He added that last year they shied away from professional photographers in the show, but decided this year to encourage everyone to submit photos because it’s not advertising but rather sharing a passion for photography.

“It’s not a competition. It’s to learn some, share some.”

Submission logistics

Adults and youth may enter up to five 8-by-10 prints for the Lakes Area Photography Show. Photos can be black and white or color. Inappropriate photos will not be accepted.

Besides the five prints, create a CD or flash drive with your photos as well. ProSystems is loaning the group two televisions to have the digital photos scroll through for people to view in the mall.

Label the back of each photo with the photographer’s name and a photo title.

The public will vote for People’s Choice Award, granting first, second and third place in both adult and youth categories.

After the show, photos may be picked up from the mall office on March 18 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. CDs and flash drives will not be returned.

Registration forms can be found at the Washington Square Mall office and on Facebook, on the club’s page or from club members.

For any questions or more information, contact Dawn Olson at the Washington Square Mall at 847-1679 or e-mail

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