Elden Murray


Branching Out in Reflection
by Kimberly Hargis
2020 Emil Rueb Winner


Thank you for your interest in the 45th Annual Elden Murray Photographic Exhibition and Competition. 
View the show online here.

The Elden Murray Photographic Exhibition and Competition provides Upper Valley amateur photographers with an opportunity to display their work to the public. The exhibition is sponsored by Howe Library with a grant from the Elden Murray Foundation and is coordinated by the Quechee Area Camera Club.
Due to the global pandemic, the 2021 exhibit will be completely virtual.  Submissions will be accepted online between January 1 and January 20.  A virtual opening reception will take place on Sunday, January 31 at 4:00 p.m. (More info here).  Photo galleries, which will include winners and all submitted entries, will be avaliable for viewing by the public in February and March 2021. 

Entering the Competition
All entrants must submit their photos online at https://form.jotform.com/203394213626149 between January 1 and January 20. Work that has not submitted by January 20 will not be accepted. If you need assistance with the form, please contact eldenmurrayphoto@gmail.com or reference@thehowe.org.  

Contest Rules
1) All entrants must be amateur (i.e., non-professional) photographers. "Amateur" is defined for these purposes by the photographer, but the final decision will be made by the Elden Murray administration. Please understand we are working hard for amateurs to be able to compete against other amateurs.

2) All work must be by the artist. 

3) Further manipulations of the print, if any, must have been made by the artist.

4) A maximum of two works will be accepted from each person. Each entrant may submit photographs in any category.

5) Each photograph must have a title on the entry form.

6) Photos should be JPG/JPEG files in sRGB color space.  Images should be 1500 pixels or more on the longest size.  The maximum file size is 10MB. 
7) Each photo's filename must include: category, photo title, & your name.  (See the category section below for the five categories). For example: Landscape - Evening in the Green Mountains - John Smith.  

8) All photographs which have not previously received Elden Murray honors are acceptable. Immediate family members of judges are welcome to exhibit their photographs but will not be included in the photographs to be judged for awards.

9) As the photos will be displayed as part of a virtual exhibit hosted in part by a public library, entrants should keep their entries 'family-friendly' and suitable for viewing by people of all ages. The Elden Murray administration and Howe Library reserve the right not to display entries that are not suited for an all-ages audience.

1) Landscape or Cityscape: "Scenic" images with or without buildings.

2) Animals, birds, insects: Both wild and domestic creatures; includes macros of any creature.

3) People: Portraits both formal and informal, groups, sports and performance events – anything in which the primary interest is the people.

4) Other: Anything that would not fit into the above categories (e.g. still lifes, objects, flowers, gardens, architectural details, abstract/non-representational work, etc.).

5) Photographs taken by people under 18 years of age (as of 2/1/21).

Awards will be given in each category. The Emil Rueb Award will be given to the person whose photograph is selected by library staff to be added to Howe Library's permanent circulating art collection. 

Lisa & Tom Cuchara
Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), Master of Photography (M. Photog.) HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and she enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and UrbEx/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel via her photographs. Lisa says that photography allows her to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa met her husband Tom thru photography, and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a fictional paperback novel. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers Association) loan collection and has earned three Bronze image competition cases.

They have published two books with Amherst Media: “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” is about their HDR and light painted images (http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex and also available at brick and mortar bookstores like Barnes & Noble) and their second book “The Frog Whisperer” (http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs) is about macro photography, using frogs as subjects.

Lisa & Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 16 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on “We do not remember days, we remember Moments”. Lisa & Tom love to teach, inspire and share. They have presented a wide variety of motivational and instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography) at many photography groups, conventions, and organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at www.PhotographyByLisaAndTom.com. Get Tips & Tricks about photo ops, post-processing, creativity, gear, etc. and learn more about their photography classes and workshops by joining their email list http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-photolist.