Lighthouses have a special place in the hearts and minds of many and serve, much as they always have, as beacons of hope and sanctuary. As stewards of the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse, the H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego is responsible for spearheading the physical restoration, historic interpretation, and public access tours of the iconic symbol of our City.
The Maritime Museum seeks to engage artists with a juried photography exhibit and a virtual exhibit featuring the amazing works of the New York State photography community. Photographers travel from around the State to Oswego to photograph the West Pierhead Lighthouse in all four seasons - we want to feature their work. The lighthouse-centered juried exhibits will display selected works from both youth and adult entries. Through these exhibits, the museum seeks to promote the photographers and use their works to build a sense of community pride in our local historical resources.
The juried exhibit will be unveiled May 15, 2021 at the Maritime Museum’s annual Waterfront Open House weekend and can be viewed through Labor Day. All photographs must be submitted by April 30, 2021.
Photographer Eligibility: Adult participants must be 18 years of age or older. Youth participants must be between the ages of 10 and 17. Photographers must reside in New York State, and must agree to the terms and conditions of this exhibition.
Photograph Eligibility: All photographs must be original to the photographer and be themed by the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse.
Photograph Requirements: All images must be submitted digitally per the entry instructions below. All images must be at minimum 300 DPI (dots per inch), in landscape format, and in an aspect ratio of 4:3. All images should be in RGB color format and submitted as a JPG (at high quality). Please do not resample a smaller file to fit the above requirements.
All images selected for the exhibit at the Maritime Museum will be printed and framed by the Maritime Museum at no cost to the photographer.
Upon receipt of the digital images as described by the above requirements, participants will receive and must agree to the Photograph Use Release and, if applicable, Model Release as will be provided.
Awards: Judging will occur May 3-7, 2021 and photographers will be notified of their acceptance to the exhibit no later than May 10, 2021. No monetary awards will be issued. The juror will select one piece from each division (youth and adult) as Best in Show. All photographers selected for display in the adult division will receive two tickets to the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse. All photographers selected for display in the youth division will receive one family pass to the Maritime Museum. All photographers selected for the Virtual Exhibit will receive one family pass to the Maritime Museum. Announcement of awards will be sent the week of May 10, 2021.
Terms & Conditions: Each photographer selected as part of the “Lighting the Way: Oswego’s Lighthouse in Pictures” exhibition must adhere to all the eligibility requirements. All photographers must agree to the Maritime Museum’s Photograph Release and, if applicable, Model Release. The Maritime Museum will not sell, or negotiate the sale of, any photographs submitted, but will allow for artists to sell or advertise their pieces on their own initiative. The Maritime Museum reserves the right to restrict any photographs for submission if deemed ineligible by the above stated guidelines.
To submit photographs to the Lighting the Way: Oswego’s Lighthouse in Picture’s juried show, please use the following entry instructions.
Deadline: All entries must be received by April 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm. No entries will be received after that date.
Email: All participating photographers who wish to submit photographs must do so by sending an email with up to three (3) digital images as well as the following information:
Emails should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "Photograph Submission" followed by your name.
The following information should be included in the body of the email:
- About the Photographer:
- Full name
- Phone Number
- Age (if under 18)
- About the Photograph:
- Camera Type
- Date Taken
Photograph & Model Use Release: All participation is subject to agreement with the H. Lee White Maritime Museum’s Photograph Use Release for the duration of the exhibition. Any photograph that features a person is also subject to agreement with the H. Lee White Maritime Museum’s Model Release for the duration of the exhibition. If selected, you will receive communications detailing how to file this agreement(s).
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