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#06-51 February 27, 2006

Outdoor photography exhibition set for Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

The 22nd annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is sponsoring South Carolina Wildlife magazine’s Outdoor Photography Print Exhibition to be held at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia March 24-26. The deadline to enter the photography contest is Monday, March 6.           

The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is sponsored jointly by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Wildlife magazine, the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, WIS-TV and WCOS-FM.
  
The exhibition is open to anyone interested in photography and will be judged by the photography staff of South Carolina Wildlife magazine. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Monday, March 6, and entries should be mailed to Tricia Way, South Carolina Wildlife Classic Photo Contest, Rembert C. Dennis Building, 1000 Assembly St., Room 219, Columbia SC 29201. There is no entry fee for the contest. If you have questions, call Tricia Way at (803) 734-3972 in Columbia, e-mail her at WayT@dnr.sc.gov, or fax your request to her at (803) 734-3951.
           
For information about other features and activities or to receive a schedule, write to Mary Pugh, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, (803) 734-4008, or visit the Classic Web site at www.psclassic.com. This year’s brochure and rules can be downloaded from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Web site (pdf required) at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/pubs/photobro06li.pdf.

Admission for adults to the Sportsmen’s Classic is $6; seniors (60 & above), $5; children 10 years of age and under will be admitted free. You will get $1 off admission when you bring five cans of non-perishable food to donate to Harvest Hope Food Bank. The Fairgrounds charges a nominal $1 parking fee.
           
Almost 200 prints were submitted in the 2005 photo contest, which also featured some digital photography for the third year in a row. Advance category winners were: Lisel Shoffner of Aiken - 1st place and “Overall Best of Show” photo of flying eagle; Robert Kemmerlin of Williston - 2nd place-tie, killdeer on nest photo; Dr. Donald Wuori of Columbia - 2nd place-tie, anole photo; and Allyson Hurley of Chatham, N.J. - 3rd place-tie, hooded mergansers photo; and Joseph Casey Szocinski of North Augusta - 3rd place-tie, seashell in flowing water photo. Amateur winners were: Jim Isaacs of Fort Mill - 1st place, raccoon in tree photo; Steven Faucette of Williamston - 2nd place-tie, mockingbird on stump photo; Jim Isaacs of Fort Mill - 2nd place-tie, raccoon close-up photo; Lynne Branham of White Rock - 3rd place, black-crowned heron photo. There were also 13 honorable mention winners.
           
Tricia Way, South Carolina Wildlife Classic photo contest coordinator, said: “The South Carolina Wildlife Classic Photography Exhibition has increased in popularity each coming year. We have had numerous photo requests this year, following the feature in the January-February 2006 issue of South Carolina Wildlife magazine.”

Participants should be sure to read the rules carefully. Do not submit snapshots. Photos must be 8x10 in size mounted on 11x14 mount board or 11x14 in size and mounted on 16x20 mount board. All photos must be taken in South Carolina. The prints will be hung in the Moore Building at the State Fairgrounds during the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic March 24-26.
           
Rules have been established to ensure fairness in judging and an attractive exhibit and to ensure the return of prints to the photographer. Failure to comply with all the rules will disqualify an entry. Although care will be exercised in handling all entries, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, judges, personnel and other sponsors cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to prints.

Awards will include plaques for the first, second and third places in each division and an overall best of show. A ribbon and certificate will be given to every winner in each division. The judges reserve the right to exhibit the higher scoring prints depending on available exhibits space and award individual ribbons and certificates only to entries deserving recognition.

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