Right on the heels of the Triton Museum of Art’s Statewide Painting Competition, the museum is holding its first ever Statewide Photography Competition and Exhibition. The competition, which was open to all types of photography and judged in three categories: Fine Art Photography, Nature Photography, and Photo Journalistic Photography, was judged by photographer Brian Taylor.
Over 700 photographers entered their images for judgment by the internationally renowned Taylor. Photographs of nature, portraits, images telling stories, and abstract images were all submitted, making the judging particularly difficult for the show. The 75 images chosen for the exhibit range from a cat drinking water (the Weekly’s own Larry Sacks’ “Ahhh…”) to a costal town at daybreak (John Eric Paulson’s “Morning in Oia”).
Jenny Lemper’s “Mom and Daughter, Displaced of Abkhazia in Georgia” took first prize. The photo shows a mother and daughter sitting on a bed in a cluttered studio-sized apartment. The daughter clings to her mother and looks wide-eyed toward the camera as the mother, hands to her sides, stares forward.
Second place was awarded to Ron Garavaglia’s “Sprayion,” an inkjet pigmented print of a white circle that somewhat resembles an egg with yolk in tact on a black background. And, third place went to Shannon Amidon’s “Green Orchid,” a hand-woven image of a budding flower.
Honorable mentions include: Julia Webber’s “Golden Gate;” Robert Ragazza’s “Startled;” Erin Malone’s “Anchors Dragged Through Faithless Sand;” Sieglinde Van Damme’s “9:55 a.m.;” Sherry Karver’s “The Absorption of Dreams;” Wendy Crockett’s “Sara Rut’s First Portrait;” Brenda Jamrus’ “001, 002;” Lance Trott’s “Inside Brodie #3;” Michael Puff’s “Wash Day;” and Eleanor Ronconi’s “Story Tellers.”
The exhibit is on display until April 22 at 1505 Warburton Avenue in Santa Clara. The Triton Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit www.tritonmuseum.org.