Camera USA is an annual photography exhibit at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples, FL.
The art center is the exhibition space and educational center for the Naples Art Association (Naples Art Association). I love this show as photographers from all 50 states are juried (vetted) in, and each year the images keep getting better and better. I was one of the lucky ones whose photo was invited into this year's show, it's third annual.
The jurors (those that select the photos for the show) were impressive this year. Harry Benson, Ron Bishop and Christopher Rauschenberg (Camera USA 2013 Jurors) chose 45 of the 183 photos submitted for the show.
Camera USA also ran together that evening with Capturing Our World: Naples Daily News Photographers Part 2 (Capturing Our World). This is a show of photographs put together from the photo journalists at the Naples Daily News (Naples Daily News).
As people started to enter the gallery for the show,
appetizers were provided by the local catering company Here's Howe (Here's Howe Catering).
They included meatballs in marinara (Marinara Sauce) sauce,
sausage rolls and "petite" quiche,
cheese,crackers and grapes,
and more cheese, crackers and grapes.
A variety of beverages were also served on the back landing of the art center.
In not too long a time, the gallery and the art center really started getting crowded in anticipation of the awards ceremony,
and attendees really were enjoying the photography.
At the start of the awards ceremony Aimee Schlehr, Executive Director, made some announcements and gave recognition to some of the photographs in the show.
Michel Fortier, Director of Visuals, Naples Daily News, then made a few remarks about the concurrent Capturing our World Show.
As the crowd waited in anticipation,
the winner, Tony Herz, was presented his award by the Naples Art Association Board President, Stacey Bulloch for his brilliant photograph, Gnarled Wave (Gnarled Wave).
All in all, a fun night out. Camera USA and Capturing Our World run until August 23rd.
The von Liebig Art Center
585 Park St.
Naples, FL 34102