Tuesday, May 24 from 7-9 p.m., the reception for the Orange County Annual High School Photography Invitational takes place at Cypress College in the Fine Arts Gallery. This is a juried competition open to all Orange County High School students. It was begun 19 or so years ago by Ellen Butler when she was the photo instructor at Costa Mesa High School. For the past few years it has been organized by Mark Tsang, the photo instructor at Mission Viejo High School. This year the jurors are Larry Vogel, John Montich, Barbara Runge, and Larry Pribble. It’s an exhibit in which artistic creativity and intent is valued in addition to craftsmanship. All of the 200 or so images entered are exhibited. As many students and their work as possible are recognized with awards including Photographer of Merit, Best of Show, the Top Ten images, 25 Honorable Mention images, and Jurors’ Choice for Excellence in Creativity being presented.
This is an opportunity to see some creative work by students with great enthusiasm and fresh perspectives who are learning their craft as photographers and on occasion create images that show ingenuity and thoughtful artistic expression. The reception begins at 7 p.m. and the awards will be presented at 7:30. The closest parking is in Lots 1 or 8. Be sure to bring two $1 bills to purchase a
parking pass for the evening, just in case.