Pictures. Those things almost all of us take to capture a single moment in time whether it be with your cellphone or with a camera costing thousands of dollars.

Sometimes our photos are of friends or family members. Sometimes we take cute pictures of our pets doing something goofy. Other times we snap a picture to capture a beautiful rainbow or sunset.

Whatever you like to take photos of, chances are you probably have a few good ones that you were really proud to take.

Now the Appalachian Photographic Society (APS) would like to see some of your work for its annual NIBROC Photo Contest 2021, which will be held in conjunction with the upcoming 68th Annual NIBROC Festival.

Entries for the contest are now being accepted.

Peggy Yaeger, President of the APS, said that a big part of the reason for doing the contest each year is to get people out in nature to enjoy our beautiful area.

“Southeast Kentucky is so rich in heritage and nature. Hopefully that encourages people to get out. It is also a good way to share our area with visitors traveling through. I know we get people from other places that come to NIBROC,” Yaeger noted.

The contest is designed for amateur photographers through intermediate photographers, or as Yaeger put it people, who take pictures recreationally and don’t do it for a living.

Normally, the photography contest draws about 40 – 50 entries each year. Yaeger noted that she announced it a little earlier this year in hopes that more people would hear about the contest and enter.

“I am hoping that with COVID and not doing it last year that we will get more people this year,” Yaeger added.

Anyone 16 or older entering photos in the contest can do so in four different categories: people and still life; nature, wildlife and pets; scenic; enhanced or altered photos.

Photos will be judged by APS members on clear center of interest, composition, use of light, creativity, sharpness or clarity of subject, and overall impact of the photos.

Awards are given in each category for first, second and third places. One photo will be chosen as the APS choice for “best in show” — the picture that, overall, judges feel is the top entry in the entire contest across all categories.

Also, the special Dr. Thomas G. Barnes Award will be given again to honor the photograph “that captures nature in its most unique perspective.” Barnes – a former University of Kentucky professor, avid photographer and naturalist – is the late husband of Jamie Carter Barnes, who is Vice President of the APS.

“Jamie decides that award to honor her husband and his interest in and dedication to the natural world,” Yaeger said. “She looks for photos that are a little unusual or that show things from a different perspective. That’s what Tom liked to do.”

This year there will be no youth category like there was during the last contest in 2019.

Entries must be 5×7, or larger and mounted. If photos are in a frame, the glass must be removed. Participants may enter one photograph per category. There is no cost to enter.

Entry forms for the contest, which include rules and judging criteria, can be downloaded online at the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce website ( under events.

Yaeger said entry forms can also be found at various locations including the Corbin Public Library, and You and Me Coffee and Tea on Main Street in Corbin.

Photos can be entered in the contest by taking them to the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce office, 1610 Cumberland Falls Highway in Corbin, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Aug. 5. Entries will also be accepted at You and Me Coffee and Tea from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Tuesday, August. 10.

Late entries will also be accepted until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11. No entries will be accepted after that.

Photos from the contest will be on display at You and Me Coffee and Tea from noon until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, and on Friday Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Photos may also be view there from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Any questions about the contest can be directed to Yaeger 606-528-3561 or 606-524-5576.

(The contest had been held for four consecutive years prior to the 2020 pandemic, which caused the cancelation of both NIBROC and the photo contest.)

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