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Festival seeks photographs from students, Hawaii residents

By Staff | Jul 8, 2010

KAANAPALI — Photographs of Hawaii may be just the ticket for free admission to the second annual Maui Photo Festival & Workshops (MPF).

Two separate competitions — one for Maui County high school students specifically and one for Hawaii residents at large — offer scholarships to the five-day event or admission to the opening reception.

The festival is set for Aug. 25-29 at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.

Nineteen Maui County high school students earned full scholarships in 2009, and almost 50 residents earned admission to last year’s opening reception.

MPF celebrates digital photography by bringing top photo professionals and instructors to Maui to present classroom sessions, excursions and hands-on and demonstration classes.

Kama‘aina admission to the event is $495; an educational rate of $395 is also available. More than 300 people are expected to attend.

High school students ages 15 to 19 at the time of the festival — including recently graduated seniors — can submit one image each in up to three categories: “How I spent my summer vacation;” up close and personal views on macro photography; and “all about water.”

Entrants can submit images in one category or all three. Only one image per category will be accepted.

Scholarship seekers must also include a short, 250-word essay on why they should be chosen to attend the festival.

The second competition for residents of the entire state will help create the “Hawaii by Hawaii Photographers” multimedia show that is part of the MPF opening reception on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. in an outdoor theater on the Hyatt’s grounds. Canon Explorer of Light Eddie Tapp will again produce the show, which last year included over 250 images by Hawaii residents.

Tapp asks that each photographer submit up to ten images, with up to five included in the final presentation. The show will also include the photographer’s name, home island and photographic specialty.

The deadline for submission for both competitions is August 1. Complete information is available at www.mauiphotofestival.com or by calling (808) 633-1339.