The Bear Paw Photo Contest
For the past several years, we have been involved with and have sponsored the Bear Paw Photography Contest with the Eagle River Camera Club. Every year we accept photo entries from all walks of photographers – adults, teens, youth, professionals, amateurs, beginners and more. It has been so wonderful seeing what inspires people and and how they interpret the different sub categories for the contest. This year was no different from past years. Jitters has been our venue every year to display the juried exhibition in conjunction with the Bear Paw Festival hosted by the Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.
How the judging works
We recruit three judges for this juried contest. They may be people who are artists, photographers, business people, coffee drinkers, soccer players or not soccer players. Basically, there is not a particular requirement to come from a specific background to be a judge. We find this approach results in an exhibit that is unique each year and reflects the beauty and talent in our community. The judges discuss with each other and if there is a need for a tie-breaker, three of them can make that happen. They review the photos digitally and do not know who the photographer is when the photo is displayed. The rules of the contest provide brief descriptions of the categories and other guidelines. Judges use them to help in the process of the deliberations. Club members who are there to help do not interfere with their thought process or decision making.
Festival Favorite Voting at Jitters
The exhibit will be displayed at Jitters during the month of July. In addition to awards for Winner and Runner Up for each category, we also have a Festival Favorite that gets awarded at the end of the Bear Paw Festival. So go on down to Jitters between July 1st and July 14th and vote for YOUR favorite. The photo with the most votes will be awarded Festival Favorite for the contest. This is your chance to let your voice be heard. We will announce the Festival Favorite results on Monday, July 15th on the Bear Paw Photography Contest Facebook Page.
Now, while you are at Jitters , you definitely need to sample the best coffee in the State of Alaska. What is your favorite coffee drink? I bet the fab baristas at Jitters can make make it just the way you like it.
2019 Bear Paw Festival
Be sure to attend this year’s Bear Paw Festival July 10th through the 14th. The theme this year is Shake, Rattle and Rebuild. There are tons of great events and activities. If you check out their page – Bear Paw Festival – you can find out about all the great opportunities.