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Photos > 18th annual Los Alamos Photography show slated for March 4

By Jennifer Garcia

Los Alamos landscapes, events around town and a plethora of other subjects have all been photographed and will on display at Mesa Public Library during the Los Alamos Photography Club’s show.
Photographers of all ages, who live or work in Los Alamos, are invited to submit their photos for the 18th annual non-juried show. The pictures should be dropped off at Mesa Public Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 2. They will remain on display through March 29. Photographers may pick up their photos on March 30. The opening reception will be at 5:30 p.m. March 4.
The show is held each year in March, because according to LAPC member Doug Coombs, “there’s more light in the gallery” during that time.
Coombs said last year’s show featured 125 entries, which was “just about right.” He said the group encourages young people to show their work.
“A past participant is majoring in fine arts and photography,” Coombs said. “Her mom said the show was a good influence.”
The subject matter can be as varied as the size of the photos. There is only one rule for submissions: they must be presentable for the library. There is also a limit on how many entries an individual may submit.
“If people are not a member of the photo club, I’m encouraging them to submit only three photos or less,” Coombs said.
Photos must be framed and have wires across the back. Glass is optional. The photos can be matted, but the most important requirement is the wires.
He also said that photographers can sell their work during the show, if they wish.
“This is not a juried show, it’s just to allow people the opportunity to display their work and promote photography and to advertise the club,” Coombs said.
There are some regulars, aside from Coombs, that submit entries each year. Some of them include: Robert Gates, Ken Hanson, Hal Davis, Bob Walker and Martin Cooper. As a member of the club, Coombs participates in the show every year. This year, he will display some of his photos from the bosque.
“I usually put up some shots of New Mexico … Anderson Overlook or Black Mesa, maybe some Yellowstone pictures,” he said.
Those who wish to attend the opening of the show are encouraged to bring finger food to share with the crowd.
Photographers participating in the show may include bios or write-ups about the pictures and should include them with the photo entries. The LAPC will provide tags for the photos. There is no entry fee.
“There are no awards, no winners or losers, hopefully just happy people,” Coombs said.
Those interested in entering their photos should contact Coombs at dfcoombs@comcast.net. All photo entries must be submitted by Feb. 27.