Entries now open for Steinbeck Festival Dust Bowl Photographic Competition
Wed, March 09, 2022
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre is thrilled to announce that entries are now open for the 2022 Dust Bowl Photographic Competition, in partnership with The John Steinbeck Festival.
This year the competition theme is ‘The Journey’, and as you think of your submission, you might consider photographic interpretations in landscapes as well as portraiture. Your entry might be inspired by a journey you have taken, or it could refer to some aspect of the ‘journey through life’. Ultimately, organisers want to encourage the widest range of entries, no matter how tenuous you think the link might be.
John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. was an American author who was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner for his writings which often explored fate, injustice, and the human condition.The Festival celebrates his connection to the Limavady area through art, music, storytelling and spoken word.
Steinbeck’s grandfather, Samuel Hamilton, was from Mulkeraugh in Ballykelly and the writer visited the area in 1952 to explore his roots, documenting the trip in an article called ‘I Go Back To Ireland’. East Of Eden, one of Steinbeck’s famous novels, was also published in 1952 and the main character, Samuel Hamilton, was based upon his Ballykelly-born grandfather.
Rules and Regulations
You are invited to enter a maximum of three original photographic images inspired by Steinbeck’s life and work. The Competition closes at 12 noon on Saturday 30th April 2022. Entry to the competition is free and there are no age limits on participant entry.
Original Single Digital Images may be entered that have not been used commercially or been entered in any other competition. These should be submitted along with full name, contact details and image title, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sender must be the owner of the photograph(s) and if applicable, hold the portrait rights. Commendations and prizes will be awarded on the basis of general photographic and artistic merit as judged by the jury, as well as on their specific relevance to the literary legacy of John Steinbeck.
By participating in this event, the participant agrees to the rules and terms of this event. The Festival Committee reserves the right not to accept entries if it considers that they are not submitted in accordance with the award rules and regulations. By submitting, the sender provides the Committee permission for the photograph(s), with the photographer copyright credit, to be used for the implementation and promotion of the John Steinbeck Festival Limavady, without additional compensation. All photographers retain copyright on their submitted images. The winning photograph will be chosen by the jury from a shortlist of approximately 20 finalists’ photographs. The photographs of those receiving commendations and the winning photograph, will be published on the Festival website www.steinbeckfestival.com with jury comments and an exhibition of the best 20 entries will be arranged in the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre.
Winning entries will be contacted by the Chair of the Photography Competition on Wednesday 11th May 2022.