Photo Arts Club of Toledo Announces 30th annual Photo Contest

Get a new camera this holiday season? The Photo Arts Club of Toledo, and the National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark hope you will consider using it to take pictures to enter in the Club’s 30th annual Photo Contest.

The exhibit of photos submitted to the contest will be displayed at the Secor Park location from April 1- April 30, with an opening night reception on April 1. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded by a staff of photography professionals.

Picture perfect

Club President Wennie Anderson explains the rules for entering. “Photos that measure a minimum of 80 square inches and a maximum of 480 square inches are eligible for submission. The photos must be mounted on strong mounting board, without frames or protective wraps.  The photographer must be an amateur (one who earns less than 51% of the annual income from photography) and must not include an identifying information on the front of the photos.”

She continues, “We would love to have some younger photographers enter the competition. We are offering a Youth Division for entrants 15 and under, and their photos must be from any of the categories that are open to photographers older than 15: People, Flora (where plants are the main subject), Fauna (animals of any kind are the subject), Places (landscapes, vistas, and locations), Open (photos that cannot be categorized in any other category, i.e. still life, abstracts, food, products, etc.) and Monochrome (black and white or monotone, no selective color added.)”

Framing the competition

Photographers may enter as many as 10 photos (cost is $5/photo) and should plan to drop them off between February 5 and March 6 at one of several locations: The Secor Park location on W. Central Avenue in Berkey, the Visitor Center at Wildwood Preserve Metropark (5100 W. Central Avenue), the Seasons Gift Shop at Toledo Botanical Garden (5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo), or at Kohne Camera & Photo at 120 W. South Boundary in Perrysburg.

Mrs. Anderson notes, “We look forward to having several hundred entries, which will mean a wonderful opportunity for local photographers to show off their work and the ideal spot for the community to see how talented local artists are.”

More information about the contest and other PACT activities, including classes, monthly photo competitions, workshops, and lectures is available at