Monticello Photo Show celebrates a decade of images

Exposure is everything for Monticello Camera Club members, especially when it’s time to critique the numerous display boards at the Monticello Photo Show.
The free show returns to the River City Extreme banquet room Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Without the public, there’s no photo show,” said Jean Davids, Monticello Camera Club secretary and founder. That’s because each year, the public casts ballots and determines the best of show winners. The 10th annual contest features 202 entries in 12 photo categories. Each photographer is limited to four photo entries’ each image must be from a different category. This is the second year the club is solely in charge of the photo show. During 2011, the club filed articles of incorporation with the Minnesota Secretary of State to operate as a non-profit. River City Extreme is the photo event’s signature business sponsor.
“River City Extreme donates the space to us,” Davids said. “We provide links to our website in exchange, and help to promote them. It’s the least we can do.”
Davids said that the
following free photo demonstrations by Monticello Camera club volunteers will be held Saturday from 10 2 p.m.:  Creation and demonstration of a homemade camera by Larry Wilson; Retouching portraits using Adobe Photoshop by Steve Huss; Photo book creation using Snapfish and Shutterfly by Val Sommerville. An informal question and answer session about equipment and different types of photo techniques will hosted by Troy Olson.
Every year after the Monticello Photo Show wraps up, club membership numbers increase, Davids said. “We started in 2004 with five members, working under the Monticello Arts Council We assisted them. They helped get us started. We promote our club through the show, It helps let people know we are around.”
Bob Somerville is photo show committee chairman for the Monticello Camera Club. He continues to be impressed by the quality and creativity of the entries in the Creative Techniques category. “There are some category entries that will just blow you away,” he said. “The photographers let their imaginations run wild.”
All levels of photographers are welcome to submit their work to the show. Davids and Somerville said the Monticello Camera Club provides an opportunity for a variety of community photographers to have their work on dis-play for the public’s viewing enjoyment both at the show and the weeks following the show within a number of locations throughout the community. Watch for photos on display at these Monticello locations through May 4: Monticello Dental Center, Monticello Public Library, First Minnesota Bank, Liberty Savings Bank, Riverwood Bank and Premier Bank. Winning photos will first appear on the Monticello Camera Club website ( starting Saturday, March 30. A list winners in each category will appear along with the winning photo images for viewing.
Everyone is welcome to enter photographs in the annual community photo show. If you would like be on next year’s contact list for advance notice of the show dates and photo entry deadlines, please contact the Monticello Camera Club via email at [email protected] or call Sommervlle at 763-295-3179.
The Monticello Photo Club meets the third Wednesday of each month in the banquet room at River City Extreme from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sommerville and Davids said guests may attend one or two meetings for free before joining and paying $12 annual dues. People with beginning and advanced photo skills are welcome.
“Our members are people who have a passion for photography, but there’s a common ground,” Davids said. “We share our techniques and our interests at each meeting. We help each other improve our photography. When I first brought up the subject of forming a camera club, I thought it would be nice to talk to others who were interested in the same thing. We want to expose our members to different types of photography skills that they might not have in their comfort zone.”

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