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January 31, 2008

2008 outdoor photography exhibition set march 28-30 at sportsmen’s classic

The 24th annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is sponsoring the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ South Carolina Wildlife magazine’s Outdoor Photography Print Exhibition to be held at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia on March 28-30.

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, The State, WIS-TV, Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine, WCOS-FM, Sportstalk, City of Columbia, South Carolina Conservation
Districts and Professional Printers.

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 10, and entries should be mailed to Tricia Way, SC 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, or fax your request to her at (803) 734-3968.

Way, South Carolina Wildlife/Classic photo contest coordinator, said, "We were overwhelmed with entries for the 2007 South Carolina Wildlife/Classic Photography Exhibition. We had the most entries in the history of the contest. This contest has increased in popularity each year. We have had numerous photo requests this year, following the feature in the January-February 2008 issue of South Carolina Wildlife magazine."

Only two prints are allowed this year. Downloaded the brochure and rules (PDF file).

Participants should be sure to read the guidelines carefully. Do not submit snap shots or e-mail your photos. Photos, 35mm and digital, must be 8x10, 8.5x11, or 8x12 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 28-30.

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.

More than 580 prints were entered in the 2007 photo contest, which also featured some digital photography for the fifth year in a row.

Advance category winners were:

Amateur winners were:

In the new Weather category:

From the contest, nine other photos were selected for the 2008 Weather calendar, one for the 2007-08 Sportsmen’s calendar, and one for the new "Congaree Reflections" poster.

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 $2 parking fee.

For information about other Classic features and activities or to receive a schedule, write to Donna Swygert, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, (803) 734-4008.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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