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Jeffrey Wyant to Judge DAC Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien

posted Apr 13, 2018, 8:54 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 8:55 AM ]
We are happy to announce that award-winning photographer, filmmaker and TV producer Jeffrey Wyant will judge our 2018 Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien. This is the third year for the photo contest, which garnered over 300 entries in 2017. Contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 6 categories until May 16th. Photos do not need to be taken in Darien. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien.

Jeffrey Wyant is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and TV producer. He has written and directed over 200 national TV commercials and has produced daily and weekly TV shows, as well as top-rated syndicated specials, including “Don’t Ask Me, Ask God”, a show with over 16 million viewers. Wyant’s clients have included Showtime, Hearst Communications, BET, ABC/Disney Home Entertainment, RCA Records, The Humane Society of the United States and KOCH Entertainment (now Entertainment One). His documentary coverage of Afghan refugees raised $500,000 for Doctors Without Borders and his productions have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the New York International Film Festival, in addition to other awards. As a volunteer, Wyant has also generously photographed events for the Darien Arts Center. He will judge the Pic Darien contest blindly, without the identity of the contestants.

Wyant commented, “Smartphones make it easier than ever to take many okay pictures, but Pic Darien celebrates the people behind their smartphones, whose special vision makes rare, truly-great photographs. I am always fascinated about how, in a fraction of a second, some smartphone photographers can capture not just a moment in time, but their unique impactful views of life and the world. I encourage everyone to share their visions, as captured on their smartphones, at Pic Darien.”

Participants may enter Pic Darien either as a student (ages 17 and under) or as an adult (ages 18 and over) in one of six themed prize categories including People and Pets, Landscape and Nature, Travel: Near and Far, Food, Humor and Abstract. Fee to enter the contest is $10 per photo. Contestants may enter multiple times. First place and honorable mention cash prizes will be awarded to students and adults in all categories. First place prizes are $100 and honorable mention prizes are $50.

Nola Physical Therapy and Performance, E.C. Scott, Blue Wave Taco, Blue Wave Orthodontics, Big Shots Custom Framing and Photolab, and Beautycounter generously sponsor Pic Darien. An Award and Reveal Reception open to the public, with refreshments and a slide show of all photo contest entries, will take place at the DAC Weatherstone Studio on Friday, June 1st. For questions, call (203) 655-8683.