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Entry deadline Friday for Delicato photography show

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POSTED June 13, 2012 2:01 a.m.

Delicato Vineyards is holding its 16th Annual Photography Show from Sunday, June 24, through Saturday, July 14.

Competition is open to entries by amateur and professional photographers, which will be judged jointly. There will be over $1,000 in cash and gift certificate awards presented to the winners for their original photographs in the following categories: Landscape/Nature, People/Portrait, Travel/Architecture, Animals, Photographs taken before 1950 – Made new, and other.

Photographers are encouraged to participate by phoning, faxing or E-mailing for an entry blank. The application is also available on website: Five pieces per photographer may be mailed or brought in, with the entry fee, to the Delicato Tasting Room through Friday, June 15. The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony on Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m.

Judging the show this year is Jim Cunningham from Le Grand. Cunningham has been a member of the Merced Camera Club for over 25 years and also a member of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. He has judged for most San Joaquin Valley camera clubs and also for many California fairs. In addition to judging, he has been judged on local, state, national and international levels for his entries into photography competitions. His photography has appeared in several local publications, such as the Merced, Stanislaus and Fresno Chambers, State travel publications and Range magazine. Jim and his wife, Carlene, were selected as two of the top 10 emerging wildlife photographers and published in a book named “Captivating Wildlife.”

He has traveled to unusual places such as Svalbard Island in the Arctic Circle to photograph polar bear and walrus, to Halo Bay, Alaska to get up close and personal with grizzlies and spent a lot of time with raft companies in the Grand Canyon getting “some great photography.” Winter snowmobile trips into Yellowstone National Park for three to four days and 300 miles have resulted in amazing photographic shots.

There will be a special judge this year for the People/Portrait category. Dale Johnson is an award-winning portrait photographer who has recently retired. Johnson’s resume not only includes portrait photography, but he has photographed several hundred weddings and family groups in California. He has won numerous awards throughout the United States.

Delicato Vineyards is located on Highway 99, four miles North of Manteca. The tasting room, where the photographs will be displayed, is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Viewing admission is free.

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