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Art in Nature Photo Festival set for Salisbury Univ.

SALISBURY–Photography enthusiasts are invited to show their work during the fourth annual Art in Nature Photo Festival, Aug. 8-10 at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University.
Participants may compete in the photo competition in either the professional, amateur or youth divisions and may enter their photographs in any of five categories: Birds, Plants and animals other than birds, Landscape/scenery, Black and white and Macro photography.
Photographers compete for the chance to win top prizes, which includes cash, software supplied by Adobe Systems and photo accessories supplied by Wimberley.
First three entries are $10 for Ward Museum members and $15 for non-members. Each additional entry is $3 (member or non-member) with a maximum of 10 entries per photographer.
The competition is only a small part of a weekend filled with photography-related activities. Sponsored by Wicomico County Tourism, the festival begins Friday evening with keynote speaker and internationally renowned landscape photographer and environmentalist Clyde Butcher.
For more than 40 years, Butcher has been preserving on film the untouched areas of natures’ landscape.  Through his large format photography, he is able to express with elaborate detail and texture, the distinguished intricacy of each landscape. His photographs explore his personal relationship with the environment and the exquisite beauty and depth of his work will draw the viewer into that relationship with nature.
Among Butcher’s many awards are Florida’s Artist Hall of Fame Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association, and The Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Conservation Award.
On Saturday and Sunday, the museum’s lobby turns into a Photography Marketplace, where visitors have the opportunity to shop for fine art photography in addition to other photo products. Lectures, demonstrations, seminars and workshops are offered throughout the weekend, as well. These learning opportunities are suited for photographers of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and touch on a wide range of topics.
For a complete listing of activities, competition rules and prizes visit the Ward Museum Web site at www.wardmuseum.org or call 410-742-4988, ext. 120.
The cost for gallery and seminar admission is $10 for a three-day wristband, or $8 per day for seniors, students and children 12 and older. Children 12 and younger and Salisbury University ID holders get in free. Admission to the Photography Marketplace is free. Keynote address admission is $15.