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Call for photographers in ‘Pushing Reality’ contest

A call for entries is being made to professional and amateur photographers to submit images from the Columbia River Gorge area. This year, the show is concentrating on photography that is outside the “box.”

Often in photography, there can be so much more beneath the surface of a piece. This year’s show focuses on work that goes beyond the traditional landscape and scenery photography. Images should embody more than one reality; make the audience stop and think; stretching the ordinary and evoking a unique and creative way to visualize the world.

Finalists will be unveiled at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River on Friday, May 2, during the First Friday gallery opening..

Submission deadline is April 1; digital uploads only.

Entry fee is $25 for the first five images (100 percent of the entry fees go to support the nonprofit Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River). See below for more entry specifications. The contest is sponsored by Pro Photo Supply, and Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

Prizes:

n First place: $500 gift card to Pro Photo Supply

n Second place: $300 gift card to Pro Photo Supply

n Third place: $200 gift card to Pro Photo Supply

n Finalists: 37 finalists will be selected along with the three place winners to be displayed at The Columbia Art Gallery for the May gallery show.

Photos must have been taken between April 1, 2013, and April 1, 2014; boundary area is generally speaking between Troutdale/Camas to the west and Biggs/Maryhill to the east, south to Mount Hood and north to Mount Adams.

There will be 40 finalists selected and three winners selected the evening of the gallery show.

All finalists will be responsible for delivering fully framed pieces suitable for gallery display. Framed pieces may not exceed 24-by-32 inches. Framed pieces are due by 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-387-8877.

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Other entry specs:

n Photos must be submitted in JPEG format.

n Photographers may submit up to five images with their $25 entry fee.

n Watermarks, signatures or copyright notices must be removed prior to submission.

n Entries must be submitted by April 1.

n Employees or contractors of Pro Photo Supply are not eligible.

n All entries must be submitted online at: http://bit.ly/1eJG3Ru.

n Contest open to all photographers, professional and amateur.

n Finalists’ work will be on display for the month during the May 2014 show “Pushing Reality.”

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