Heritage Acquisitive Photographic Awards have the right chemistry in 2011

It takes great chemistry to create a great photo – and that’s just what photographers will need in entries for the prestigious Heritage Acquisitive Photographic Awards in 2011.

The region’s photographers have been challenged to show extra creativity in their entries this year, which must reflect the theme “Chemistry – our life, our future.”

Heritage CEO John Minz launched the competition at Mater Dei School in Toowoomba today, announcing a number of exciting changes in 2011.

Adopting a theme for the first time was one of those innovations.

“The Acquisitive Photographic Awards are all about encouraging photographers across Australia to aim for the highest standards of excellence in their craft,” Mr Minz said.

“This year we wanted to make that challenge even greater by asking them to reflect a theme in the entries.

“The ‘chemistry’ theme was chosen as 2011 has been designated the International Year of Chemistry by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

“It’s also a theme that fits very well with photography. The chemical process that’s used to develop film into print has always had a magical quality, and the nature of chemistry is also open to interpretation in many different ways.

“We are expecting some wonderfully creative and innovative entries.”

USQ chemistry lecturer Dr Mark Lynch joined Mr Minz at Mater Dei and conducted a number of scientific experiments to illustrate the theme.

"As a chemistry lecturer, I am thrilled that people will start to explore how chemistry is all around them in just about everything they do, this is a great theme for the Acquisitive Photographic Awards,” said Dr Lynch.

Mr Minz enlisted the Mater Dei students’ help to announce another significant change for the competition in 2011 – the inclusion of a Young Photographer Award category for the first time this year.

Open to all school-aged children, entries will be judged in three age categories – 7-9 years; 10-13 years; and 14-17. Entries in these categories are free and can be submitted digitally, rather than as prints.

“This is a great opportunity for schools and parents to encourage their children to learn more about both photography and chemistry,” Mr Minz said.

“Creating special categories for children for the first time ever this year gives added incentive for younger photographers to be part of the competition and learn new skills.”

Entries for the Heritage Acquisitive Photographic Awards close on Friday, 27 May. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, 21 June.

Three prints will be purchased by Heritage Building Society for $1000 each, and the artists will also receive a $150 Camera House voucher.

One print will be personally selected by Heritage CEO John Minz and will be purchased for $500, with the artist receiving a $100 Camera House voucher.

Each year the Bruce Mackenzie Memorial Youth Award is presented in honour of a photographer from the Toowoomba Chronicle who passed away in a motor vehicle accident in 1991. The award goes to an entrant aged under 25 years. The Chronicle purchases the winning print for $100 and the winner receives $1000 from the Mackenzie family.

The top 50 images will go on display in an exhibition at the USQ Arts Gallery in Toowoomba from 21 June - 14 July 2011.

Entry forms for the Awards are now available at Heritage branches. More details about how to enter the competition are available at the Heritage Building Society website at www.heritage.com.au.

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