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Photo courtesy The top prize in The Sunset Project’s FOCUS45 photography competition is a set of Canon EOS RP mirrorless cameras worth over $1,300.


ALPENA — Photographers aged 14 and over are invited to enter a competition this month.

Submissions began on October 1 and the contest continues until 11:59 p.m. on October 31.

Sponsored by The Sunset Project, the 2022 Photo Contest gives photographers the opportunity to submit a photo that they think best represents this year’s theme.

Once photos are submitted, they will be uploaded to a web page where the general public can vote for their favorite photos for 72 hours.

Once public voting is complete, the nominees with the most online votes will be selected to attend a private gala on November 19 at Art in the Loft where their artwork will be framed and exhibited.

“A panel of photography professionals and community members will assign rankings to photos they believe have the best composition, look and understanding of the theme,” says a description on The Sunset’s website. Project, thesunsetproject.org. “Once the panel selects location rankings for submissions, The Sunset Project will award over $3,000 in prizes.

First up is a set of Canon EOS RP mirrorless cameras worth over $1,300.

Second place is a $1,000 B&H Photo gift card.

Third place is a GoPro Hero 11 Black Adventure kit, worth over $600.

“This year’s theme, Northern Michigan Outdoors, is intended to highlight the ability we have to take advantage of a wide range of seasons, weather conditions and geography in the greater Northeast Michigan area,” says the website. “The Sunset Project wishes to encourage all applicants to be creative in their interpretation of the theme. Whether it’s how you enjoy the outdoors yourself or with others, how the outdoors makes you feeling emotionally, or anything in between, we hope to see how the people of Michigan’s northeast region enjoy the beautiful area we all call home.

Applicants must reside in Alpena, Alcona, Près Isle, Iosco, Oscoda, Montmorency, or Ogemaw counties. All contest entrants must be considered amateur photographers to be considered for an award position. Anyone regularly paid for their photographic work will not be considered for an award. There is a limit of one submission per person.

For more information and contest rules, visit thesunsetproject.org/focusfortyfive.

“At The Sunset Project, we believe that the future of the creative world lies here in Northeast Michigan. Through this contest – and others like it – we hope to expand the creative output of the region in a way that benefits the community and youth,” states TSP’s website. “At Sunset Project, our mission is to establish, grow, and sustain a community of individuals who are committed to fostering the creative advancement, as well as ending the stigma surrounding mental health in northeast Michigan. We seek to partner with area businesses, local organizations and volunteers interested in achieving these same goals, in hopes that we can create a network of professionals and resources focused on the future of the area.

The Sunset Project team includes Executive Director Gavin MacDonald, Co-Program Directors Maddy Boyd and Amy Swinson, Director of Research Kevin O’Brien and Creative Director Nick Poli.

If you have any questions, email [email protected]



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