“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. 2019-2020 will be the eleventh 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.
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 TBD
In September 2019, 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
2019-2020 24 Hours Photography Competition Juror
Sarah Sweeney received her BA in Studio Art from Williams College and an MFA in Digital Media from Columbia University School of the Arts and is currently Associate Professor of Art at Skidmore College. She is the creator of The Forgetting Machine, an iPhone app commissioned by the new media organization Rhizome. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in exhibitions at locations including the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the New Jersey State Museum, the Black and White Gallery, and the UCR/California Photography Museum.
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