The Woodward News

August 28, 2013

Museum in need of more photo entries

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — There are only 4 days left to enter the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum's annual photography contest.

If you want a chance at hundreds of dollars in prize money, including a $500 award for Best of Show, you will need to submit your photographs by this Saturday.

“They need to get a move on,” Museum Director Robert Roberson said.

Roberson said that so far he has only received about 80 entries for the show.

However, in order for the contest to support the prize money that's awarded, he said the museum “needs at least 300 if not more.”

“For the contest to be viable it needs to pay for itself. And where all the money comes in for the show is through the submissions,” Roberson said. “It has always paid for itself in the past, we're just waiting on the artists to get their photos in.”

He said this isn't the first time the museum has been down to the wire when looking for photo entries.

“It's happened before; people just wait until the last minute and then all come in a big rush at the end,” Roberson said.

Although he admitted “I'm a bit worried this year,” the museum director said he is hopeful that a little reminder will help more photographers get their work in soon.

“I'm hoping they'll show up between now and Saturday,” Roberson said.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Photographers will need to submit their best photos by this weekend, Roberson said, because the contest judge will be reviewing the entries and selecting the winners next Tuesday. The winning photographs and others selected for the contest show will be on display in the museum's gallery from Sept. 7 through Oct. 26.

This year's judge is Oklahoma artist Patrick Riley, who has had his work exhibited at the museum before and is a popular instructor during the Summer Youth Arts program at the Woodward Arts Theatre year after year.

For a full list of contest rules and a copy of the entry form, visit the museum's website The rules include information about the different categories that photographers may enter their work in, including a theme category. This year's theme is “Oops! But I Like It” and the top submission in the theme category will receive $125.

Roberson said the theme has been well received so far.

“The response I've gotten from everyone so far is that they just love the theme,” he said. “They all say, 'oh, I've got the perfect one to enter' or 'now I can use the one I never thought I could submit.'”