Belgrade August Fest Photo Contest Outline

Sponsored by HMD Photography


Thank you for your interest in the first annual (hopefully) Belgrade August Fest Photo Contest. Below are the guidelines to entering your prints:

  1.  All photographs must be 8x10, printed on photo paper and framed (no matting).
  2.  1 print limit per person (This could change next year depending on number of submissions this year.)
  3.  Fill out the form below and drop off with our framed print at the Belgrade Library (check for times that they are open) or with      Michele at HMD Photography Studio M-F 8am-4:30pm. (43501 225th St, Belgrade MN-look for the sign at the end of the driveway)
  4.  Photos must be taken from the person submitting the print.
  5.  HMD Photography, LLC or the Belgrade Commercial Club is not responsible to ensure there is a model release of the photo that will be in the contest. It is the responsibility of the photographer to make sure they have permission to photograph and display the photo of the subject.
  6.  Entries can be dropped at either the studio or Belgrade Library from now through Thursday, August 8th at 3:30pm.
  7. If there are more than 20 prints submitted per age group, the prints will be split into 2 categories-People (any type of photo that has a person/people in it) and Other.
  8. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and possibly 3rd (depending on number of entrants).

Judging will be done by Heidi, owner and photographer of HMD Photography on Friday, August 9th. She will try to add critiques for each print if there is time. Winners will be announced and the prizes given during the Belgrade Ambassador Coronation intermission on Saturday, August 10th. The coronation starts 5:30 on the Big Stage. Prints will be displayed at the Belgrade library the weekend of August Fest and must be picked up from there by Friday, August 16th. If your print is not picked up by then, they will be disposed of.

Criteria of the print judging is loosely based off the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) 12 Elements of a Merit Image:

  1. Impact

Viewing an image for the first time always evokes some kind of feeling. Sometimes they can make us sad, happy or angry. Sometimes they force us to look inward at ourselves.  That’s called an impact, and the more powerful the image, the more powerful the emotional response of the viewer.

  1. Technical Excellence

This is the print quality of the actual image itself as it’s presented for viewing. There are a lot of aspects that speak to the qualities of the physical print. These can include:

  •         Retouching
  •         Manipulation
  •         Sharpness
  •         Exposure
  •         Printing
  •         Mounting (not the standard separate mounting from the print itself)
  •         Color correction
  1. Creativity

Your point of view is exactly that-yours. And it’s unlike anyone else’s.

This element speaks directly to that perspective. It shows your imagination and how you used the medium to convey and idea, a message or a thought to the viewer. This is how you differentiate yourself from others.

  1. Style

There are many, many ways to apply this element to your work. Maybe you use light in a specific way on a subject, or maybe you use light in a specific way on a subject, or maybe you make a technical decision for the express purpose of underscoring desired impact.

When subject matter and style come together in an appropriate manner, the effects on an image can be spectacular. But remember, when subject matter and style don’t work together, the results can be, well, less-than-spectacular.

  1. Composition

When all the visual elements of an image come together to express intent, that’s when the magic of composition happens. Good composition captures a viewer’s attention and directs it where you, the artist, want it to be. Depending on your intent, you can make something that pleases the viewer-or disturbs them.

  1. Presentation

How you showcase an image is just as important as how you compose it. Everything in the presentation should work to enhance your image and not distract from it. Keep this in mind when choosing mats, borders and everything in between.

  1. Color Balance

Proper color balance can bring a sense of harmony to an image. When tones all work together to support an image, the emotional appeal is that much greater. But color balance doesn’t have to be used to bring harmony to an image. You can use color balance to evoke any number of feelings from a viewer. The choice is how to take advantage is entirely up to you, but no matter what, be sure your choice enhances rather than distracts.

  1. Center of Interest

This is where an image’s creator wants a viewer’s attention focused. Sometimes there can primary and a secondary center of interest. Sometimes everything in an image will work together to create that center of interest.

  1. Lighting

The use and control of light has an effect on every aspect of an image. It informs dimensions and shape, it sets tone and mood, and, like every other technique, proper lighting can be used to enhance your image while improper lighting can detract from it.

       10. Subject Matter

Even though it lacks words, your image is still telling a story, and your subject matter is central to that. So, make sure that your subject matter is right for the story that you’re trying to tell.

       11. Technique

How you choose to execute our image is key. It’s also a holistic decision. Technique informs everything in the creation of your image. From lighting and posing to printing and presentation, it all works to show off the techniques that you’ve mastered and applied to your craft.

       12. Story Telling


Questions? Call Heidi at 320-295-6672 or email


We are so excited to inspire and encourage creativity in our area!

Heidi Duke-Wuertz



Belgrade August Fest Photo Contest Form




Age Category:  Youth (15 and under)  or  Adult (16 and up)       (circle one)


Parent/Guardian (if under 18)____________________________________________________________


Phone number_________________________________  Email__________________________________


Brief description of print subject matter i.e.sunflowers____________________________________________________