Lyon County Seeks photos for contest

MAFAC logo. Marshall Area Fine Arts Council. Marshall, Minnesota. Open Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 5:30 pm.

Marshall Area Fine Arts Council’s (MAFAC) 19th Annual Photography Competition and Exhibit

Exhibit: September 1st-November 6, 2020

**UPDATE: DEADLINE for entries has been extended!! Please submit your photos entries by 5:30 pm on August 28th! And please help us spread the word. The show will open on Tuesday September 1 along with voting for the public’s choice award. Reception date will remain the same.**

Important Dates:

  • Registration and Delivery Deadline: Friday, August 28th by 5:30 pm. Be sure to check for compatibility with the MAFAC hanging system. 
  • Exhibit Opens: Tuesday, September 1st at 12 noon.
  • People’s Choice Voting: Tuesday, September 1st to Friday, September 18*.
  • Awards Presentations: Thursday, September 24 from 5-6:30 pm at the MAFAC Arts Center. Participants and the public are invited.
  • Exhibit Closes: Friday, November 6 at 5:30 pm.
  • Photos not picked up by Tuesday, November 17 become the property of MAFAC.

*People’s Choice Award is selected by Art Center visitors, who are welcome to stop by the Arts Center and cast one vote a day.

Photo Categories:

  • Town & Country (Images related to town or country living)
  • Transportation (Images related to traversing Lyon County for work or pleasure)

PDF entry form here

Entry Rules:

  • Each photographer agrees to follow the rules and guidelines as outlined.
  • Nonrefundable entry fee. $15 for one entry or $25 for two entries.
  • Limit of two entries per person. Both may be in the same category. Entries must be registered by August 14 by 2 p.m. and images must be taken within Lyon County and within the last 2 years.
  • All photographs must be ready for hanging. All entries must have a compatible hanging structure to MAFAC’s hanging system, such as wire or sawtooth hanger. Compatibility can be verified when entries are submitted.
  • Entries that do not meet entry rules and submission requirements will be disqualified from voting.
  • Traditional black/white or color. Work produced by digital cameras or digitally manipulated photos will be accepted.
  • Size restrictions: • Photo image—minimum 8″ x 10″ or 80 sq. in. • Finished work (including frame)—maximum 16″ x 20″ or 320 sq. in.
  • Matting, if used, must be black, cream or white.
  • Works from previous MAFAC photography competitions are not eligible.
  • Photographers must be 14 years or older.
  • Photos are not eligible if used for class assignment or with instructor assistance.
  • A copy of the completed registration form must be attached to the back of each entry. That includes the photographer’s name, address, phone number, email address, photograph title, and entry category.
  • Photographs must be left up during the entire exhibit.
  • Each photographer will complete the MAFAC Waiver of Claims form. MAFAC assumes no liability for photos. Photos may be offered for sale by completing the MAFAC Artist Consignment Agreement.
  • By entering this competition the individual has given permission that his/her photo may be used on all MAFAC promotion materials.
  • MAFAC continues to abide by the CDC rules and recommendations for visitor health and safety.

Registration from, entry fee and images must be delivered to MAFAC, PO Box 531, 109 N 3rd St, Marshall, 56258 by 2 pm on Friday, August 14, 2020.

Registration for one entry is $15, for two it is $25.

Judging criteria: Creativity, Technical Merit, Composition, Presentation, Adherence to Category Description.

Competition Award:

  • Best of Show…$50
  • 1st Place Each Theme…$40
  • 2nd Place Each Theme…$25
  • People’s Choice Award…$20

PDF entry form here

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brochure, all text is written in body


SMAC Logo, two abstract blades of grass, three blue circles each getting small than the one under it to to upper left corner. Then the words "Southwest Minnesota" (written in Black) Arts (written in blue) Council (written in black).This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council through an appropriation from the MN State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

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