By John Maxsween….
The Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) and Pitman Photo Supply are giving local students an opportunity to be recognized for their photography skills with the final event on the 2010-11 Junior Orange Bowl Festival calendar.
The Pitman Photo Supply Photography Contest is accepting photographs from students in grades 6-12 and the deadline for submissions is Jan. 21, 2011, at 6 p.m. Students may submit two photographs in each of the four categories: “People in Motion,” “Night Lights,” “Photo Assignment: The Everglades,” and “Containers for People.” There also will be a “Portfolio Review,” which recog-nizes the student portfolio that has the overall finest photographs, with coherent style. Students who are interested in being eligible for the “Portfolio Review” must enter photographs in at least three categories. The winner of the “Portfolio Review” will win a $200 gift certificate to Pitman Photo Supply.
Details for submitting a photograph can be found on the Junior Orange Bowl website at <www.jrorangebowl.org/photography> or by calling the JOBC at 305-662-1210.
The judges for the contest are all experts on the art of photography. Among them is Ron Magill, renowned photographer and Goodwill Ambassador for Zoo Miami; Daniel De Azoulay, gallery owner and professional fashion and scenic photographer, and Kay Levine, award winning photographer and art buyer. The fourth and final judge is Dr. Randall Groh, a partner of Dental Leaders in Coral Gables as well as a scenic and wildlife photographer. Dr. Groh also is the chair for the event.
The awards reception for the Pitman Photo Supply Photography Contest will take place on Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Coral Gables Youth Center Theater. First, second, and third place finishers in each category will be awarded gift certificates to Pitman Photo Supply. There also will be three special awards going to the best middle school photographers.
The Photography Contest is one of 15 athletic, artistic, and cultural events that make up the 2010-11 Junior Orange Bowl International Youth Festival. This year’s Junior Orange Bowl Festival theme is “Sunshine in Every Smile.” The highlight of the festival is the Junior Orange Bowl Parade, which will take place on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Downtown Coral Gables.
The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, Orange Bowl Committee, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
The JOBC Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multicultural experiences.
For more information, call 305-662-1210 or visit the JOBC website at www.jrorangebowl.org.