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 The winner of 2018’s amateur photo contest, hosted by the Bloomfield Township Public Library, was “Post Rain Break Dance,” by Robert Levy.

The winner of 2018’s amateur photo contest, hosted by the Bloomfield Township Public Library, was “Post Rain Break Dance,” by Robert Levy.

Photo provided by Tera Moon, assistant director of the Bloomfield Township Public Library

Third annual photo contest explores ‘Light and Dark’

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 21, 2019


BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Bloomfield Township Public Library has started accepting entries for its third annual amateur photo contest, which has steadily been growing in submissions and notoriety over the years, according to Assistant Library Director Tera Moon.

“Between years one and two we picked up a few more participants, and (we) hope to continue to grow. We’ve been connecting with amateur photographers in other ways — featuring stunning photos in our display case inside the library,” Moon said. “In fact, some are on display now through the end of the month.”

The theme of this year’s contest is “Light and Dark.”

Photographers are challenged to explore light, shadow and contrast within their images, which can be done with the subject itself or with tone.

Black-and-white photos and color images, digital or print, can be entered. The contest is open to people of all ages and closes at midnight March 17. Photos must have been shot between May 1, 2018, and the March 17 contest deadline. The winners will be announced at a reception at the library on Saturday, April 13. While a photo contest to promote interest in the library might be confusing for some, library board Trustee Tom Deska said there’s a natural connection.

“The library’s mission is to spark discovery and imagination for our patrons. This photo contest does that for all ages in our community by encouraging creativity. We also love that it creates a sense of community,” Deska said in an email. “And don’t forget the library has materials that will help teach you about photography.”

This year’s entries will be judged by graphic artist Eric Keller, amateur photographer Nancy Kullish and professional photographer Laurie Tennent.

“For, say, a high school student to have (their) work judged by someone like Laurie Tennent is a big deal,” said library board Trustee Judy Lindstrom. “This is a little something extra that could adorn a college application.”

The entry form and directions on entering the contest are on the library’s website, Call (248) 642-5800 for more information. The Bloomfield Township Public Library is located at 1099 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Township.