24 Hours Photography Competition

S. Aldridge

A Walk In Lake Placid- S. Aldridge

“These photographs reflect on many significant themes – from the landscape to relationships, from the shifting of seasons and the inevitability of time, to identity and self…Each of you has shown us something unique, that, while captured within twenty-four hours in the Adirondacks, extends to cities and towns beyond, and opens up new ways to think about the world in which we live.”    — a past juror of 24 Hours
  24 Hours:  A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks is a contest for high school students in public and private  schools within the Adirondack Park.  2018-2019 will be the tenth year of this program, which draws entries from throughout the region. Students are invited to submit two photographs taken during any specified hour or hours of the day, and are encouraged to move their view beyond traditional landscape subjects – though they also qualify for submission – to  subjects that relate to their own daily lives.

Busy at Work- A. Warner

Busy at Work- A. Warner

From the several hundred submissions received, about 40 “winning” photographs are selected by a juror who is either a professional photographer or a curator working with the genre of art photography.  The juror also gives personal feedback to the winning photographers.  Past jurors have included professional landscape photographer John Di Giacomo and Kate Menconeri, former Chief Curator at the Center for Photography Woodstock.  The selected photographs are exhibited at selected venues (libraries, art centers, community centers) within the Park and on the LPI website page devoted to the 24 Hours Exhibition. This years selected venues are:

March 29- April 27 2019
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Lake Placid, NY 

May 1- June 30 2019
Lake Placid Public Library
Lake Placid, NY

July 1- September 30 2019
Adirondack Medical Center
Saranac Lake, NY

More Public Exhibit Dates/Venues To Be Announced

Adirondack Life March 2019
Adirondack Life Ad

Three photos will be selected to win a
Prize for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.
The prizes will be $200, $100 & $50 respectively.

24 Hours Guideline 2018 PDF

24 Hours Online Submission Form Link

Directions- J. Withrow

Directions- J. Withrow

In September 2018, complete contest guidelines and a related poster were be sent to all high schools within the Adirondack Park.  Students may submit two photographs, via computer or mail, that were taken during a specific hour or specific hours of the day or night. Each photo must be accompanied by a brief 50-150 word description of when, where, and why the artist chose to photograph that particular scene or subject.  The deadline for submissions is  January 31, 2020.  Juror’s decision and winning photographs will be announced at the beginning March 2020. 

Juror of the 2019-2020 24 Hours



For more information, please contact the Lake Placid Institute at 518-523-1312, info@lakeplacidinstitute.org or by regular mail at the Lake Placid Institute, P.O. Box 988, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

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