This time of year is the perfect time to capture that magnificent sunrise or sunset picture in what Mark Twain called the ‘true sunset land’; the Upper Mississippi River region.
In Life on the Mississippi, Twain wrote fondly of our region …
“And I remember Muscatine–still more pleasantly–for its summer sunsets. I have never seen any, on either side of the ocean, that equaled them. They used the broad smooth river as a canvas, and painted on it every imaginable dream of color, from the mottled daintinesses and delicacies of the opal, all the way up, through cumulative intensities, to blinding purple and crimson conflagrations which were enchanting to the eye, but sharply tried it at the same time. All the Upper Mississippi region has these extraordinary sunsets as a familiar spectacle. It is the true Sunset Land: I am sure no other country can show so good a right to the name.
The sunrises are also said to be exceedingly fine. I do not know.“
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That in fact is why we call ourselves Sunrise Galleries. And, this is why we wish to celebrate this jewel that is the Upper Mississippi River region through our first ever sunrise / sunset photography contest — Dawn-to-Dusk: Dreams of Color Sunrise-Sunset Juried Photo Contest.
So, if you capture beautiful mid-western sunrises and sunsets
in digital photos, you should enter. The Grand Prize Winners (one to represent each gallery location) will be awarded an original commissioned painting of his or her photograph done by one of Sunrise Galleries painter/gallerists, Jane Doty or Jim Elias. Winning photographers will be able to select a painting style to suit their taste and desires.
Find the contest details and rules, click Dawn-to-Dusk Photo Contest. The entry deadline is February 15; entry fees are only $5 per photograph; and finalists will be featured in special Dawn-to-Dusk Photo Exhibits at each of our galleries in the month of March.
Sunrise Gallery artists and staff will serve as jury for the contest. Jurors will make selections based on quality, composition, originality, uniqueness, creativity and general appeal. The contest exhibit will feature Grand Prize winners and finalists and will run from March 6 – March 29.