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Photography club hosts reception for Youth Showcase winners

June 23, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

The National Park Photography Club of Hot Springs recently sponsored a Youth Showcase photography contest in association with the Photographic Society of America.

The club will hold a free reception for the general public from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave., where the images are on display.

The club, established in 2017, is a member of PSA, and the contest is held annually. However, this is the first time that high school students in Arkansas were asked to enter the contest, a news release said.

This Youth Showcase is open to all high school students ages 14 to 19 around the globe. Last year there were winners from 10 states, South Africa and Indonesia.

The club's competition chairman contacted each high school in the Hot Springs area, and also in Benton. Fountain Lake Charter High School and Mountain Pine High School responded, and nine students came forward and presented digital images for judging. The club provided a jury to choose which images could be sent to the PSA judging, as only eight images from each school were allowed.

"NPPC is very happy to report that three of our students were accepted for exhibiting at the International Photo Festival of PSA in Colorado Springs in September. The winning images were printed and framed by NPPC, and are currently hanging in the Garland County Library along with a display from our Club members," the release said.

The winning students are Autumn Weever for "I Am Watching You," Faith Lavender for "Watching," and Brooke Miser for "Ripples of Nature." They will be given their framed prints when the library exhibit is over at the end of July.

Those who are interested in photography or joining a club for all experience levels, call 501-701-3135.

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