SEBRING, Fla. (July 16, 2017) – The Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA) is pleased to launch its fourth annual photography competition and exhibition, which will be held Aug. 18 – Oct. 6, 2017.  The deadline to submit photographs for consideration is Aug. 11 at 5:00 PM.
This year’s theme is “Captured: Highlands County” as MoTA is partnering with the Highlands County Tourism Development Council (TDC) to feature images that are uniquely found in Highlands County.  The competition is open to local and regional photographers of all ages.  This year’s competition includes a special youth category for photographers under the age of 18. Sponsors include: Jarrett Family Foundation (Awards Sponsor), Highlands Co. Tourist Development Council (TDC) and News Sun (Media Sponsor). 
Competition winners will be announced at the Opening Reception on August 18.  Cash awards totaling $500 will be presented as follows:
(1) Best in Show (Any Age) – winner will receive $250 and a complimentary booth at the 51st Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival on Nov. 4, 2017.  
(1) Best Photo by Young Photographer (under 18 years of age by July 8) – winner will receive $100 and complimentary Emerging Artist exhibit space at the 51st Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival on Nov. 4, 2017.  
(3) Honorable Mentions – winners will receive recognition during the exhibit. One winner will be selected from each category and receive ($50):
a.  Life Downtown:  Photos depicting life in Downtown Sebring, Avon Park, and Lake Placid, from historic houses to art & Culture to our community.
b.  Authentic Highlands County:  Captivating images and landmarks of authentic heartland in Highlands County including historical landmarks, nature, lakes, rivers, groves, ranches, etc.
c.  Highlands County Happenings:  Shoot action images of Highlands County showcasing the many activities we have to offer. Images may include fishing, golfing, nature hiking, sport events/complex, fair, the 12 hours of Sebring, etc.  
Complete submission guidelines and details are available online under Artist Opportunities at The mission of the Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA) is enrich lives in our diverse community by fostering essential conversations and encouraging creativity through exhibitions and educational activities that explore various types of art in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas. Photos below are past winning photo “Sunset Pier” by Matthew Baker and “Fern Garden Trail” by Caroline Maxcy.