Elmira College Media Artist Jan Kather recently judged the 33rd Annual Photo Competition sponsored by the State of the Art Gallery Ithaca, an in-gallery show on exhibit through the month of June.

"Though the show also can be seen online, I recommend an in-gallery visit to observe the differences in scale, media substrate, and framing of the 82 pieces created by 53 photographers from five states," said Kather.

As judge, Kather decided on seven prizes, awarding the first prize to Ray Helmke for his black and white image titled Scrap Metal Worker.

"Although methods today may rely more on algorithms than optics, current 'ways of seeing' in this show largely rely on time-honored conventions of fine art photography," said Kather. "In the end, it's about seeing the three-dimensional world and transforming it, calling attention to color interactions, the quality of light, framing strategies, scale, and composition. The subject matter itself may provoke thoughts and emotions about current events or enduring literature. Often the sheer pleasure and joy of looking at the world, sensitively recorded and expressed, delights or puzzles us."

Kather's full commentary as well as a list of the prize winners can be found at this link.

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