The Mercer County Photography Show is a biennial exhibition open to anyone 18 years or older who lives, works or attends school in Mercer County, NJ. Exhibits are coordinated through different arts venues in the county. The 2015 Mercer County Photo show will take place at the Silva Gallery of The Pennington School in the fall of 2015.

To be eligible for consideration, all images must be created utilizing photographic processes, including black and white, and color photography, non-silver processes including tin-type and cyanotype and direct exposure processes such as solar prints. Artwork based substantively on photos, including book art, computer-derived or hand-made photography collages, and similar media will be considered. All work must have been created within the past two years, and all images must have been "taken" by the artist entering the work. All work must be appropriately presented for gallery installation. Two-dimensional work must be framed and wired for hanging. No work may exceed 48" in any direction.

Entrants are judged for subject matter, overall composition and technical excellence. Photographers accepted into the show have the opportunity to win some of the more that $1,000 in prizes, including Best of Show, Juror's Merit, Honorable Mention, and several purchase awards. Juror Merit winners will be chosen by a juror for having special artistic value. Award recipients are honored at the opening reception. Pieces purchased by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission will become a permanent part of the art collection.

The exhibit is funded by the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and supported, in part, through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Photographers interested in receiving a prospectus for upcoming Mercer County Photography Shows should email their name, full street address (with city and zip code), and a telephone number to tfagan@mercercounty.org . Please put "MCPhoto" in the subject line of your email.

2013 Mercer County Photography Show Purchase Awards
Elsie Allen "Petals on D&R Canal"
Cheryl Bomba "Our Trenton"
Bill Felder "Late Summer at the Pole Farm"
Joseph Gilchrist "Female Reenactor, Battle of Trenton"
Kapu Patel "Floating at Dusk"
Charles Plohn, Jr. "D&R Canal, Princeton"
Anne Stefane "Trenton Storefront"
Larry Strauss "Mercer Oak"

Note: Mercer County celebrated its 175th Anniversary year in 2013. For this special year, only, the Mercer County Photography show focused on a theme of "My Mercer." Shows are generally not thematic.

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