Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. Binghamton 607 724-3462
The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club are sponsoring the 9th Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition January 3-25th, 2020. “Now in its ninth year, this Photo Competition attracts the best photography in the Southern Tier in both black and white and color,” according to Geof Gould of the Cooperative Gallery. “We are very excited to welcome back duo Kirk and Leslie VanZandbergen, fine art photographers as our judges.” They capture local scenes and events as well as other subjects with a site at https://www.vzphoto.com/index3 They evaluate the entries without knowing the identities of the photographers.
Photographers may submit up to three photographs, with a submission fee of $10 each. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show and 2 each Judge’s Choice in Black and White and Color. There will also be a People’s Choice award voting during the show by those in attendance and announced at the last day, January 25th at 3 pm. For other guidelines, including hanging hardware are available in the brochure at www.cooperativegallery.com or www.2rpc.com.
The reception for the photographers, friends, and the public will take place January 2nd at the First Friday Art Walk from 6-9, with gallery hours starting at 3 pm that day. The Exhibit will be open Fridays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment until January 25th. Prizes and cash awards for the winners will be announced at First Friday, January 3rd at 6:30 pm at the reception. This year there will also be a People’s Choice Award with voting throughout the show and announced on Jan. 25th at 3 pm.
The Competition is named for Bob Johnston, a lifelong photographer and a gallery member who died in 2010. “Bob Johnston was an ‘Ansel Adams’ kind of photographer who worked mostly in black and white film and favored both urban and natural landscapes,” said Bill Gorman, also a photographer. Bob Johnston defined a good photo this way: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”
The Two Rivers Photography Club has monthly meetings, skill building sessions, and competitions throughout the year. The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at 213 State Street in Binghamton, is open on First Friday 3- 9 pm and regularly Fridays from 3-6 and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213 and sign up for a weekly e-newsletter on our website at www.cooperativegallery.com or on Facebook.