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Kale makes an artistic pattern. in an undated photo (COURTESY PHOTO BY PAUL JOHNSTON)
Kale makes an artistic pattern. in an undated photo (COURTESY PHOTO BY PAUL JOHNSTON)
A sunset in Waimea. (COURTESY PHOTO BY PAUL JOHNSTON)
A sunset in Waimea. (COURTESY PHOTO BY PAUL JOHNSTON)
A rainbow brings a burst of color to a black and white photo. (COURTESY PHOTO BY PAUL JOHNSTON)
A rainbow brings a burst of color to a black and white photo. (COURTESY PHOTO BY PAUL JOHNSTON)

Do you have a great photo you’ve taken of life in North Hawaii that you think is a winner? Have you taken a so-so picture and transformed it into something spectacular using one of the new photo editing apps?

Whether you’re looking for an excuse to hone your talent or you’ve got a gem already waiting, the “Waimea Alive! - Images of Life on the Big Island new amateur photo contest is the perfect venue to show your work.

The contest will include an exhibit at Historic Spencer House from Sept. 18 to 21, Wednesday through Sunday, coinciding with the annual 30 Days of Aloha Paniolo Parade and Waimea Ho’olaule’a on Saturday, Sept. 20.

“We want to have some fun with the photo contest,” said Paul Johnston, one of the creators of the contest.

He said the idea came about after working with some of the great photo editing applications now available for amateurs.

“It is a way to showcase the area, and the (Spencer) house. It came together as a really neat thing to do,” Johnston said.

The prizes for winners and entrants are extensive. The first place grand prize is a night’s stay at the Hilton Waikoloa, including resort fee. Winner and participant awards include gifts from: Bentleys, Blue Dragon Restaurant, Café Pesto Kawaihae, Harbor Gallery, Historic Spencer House, Lehua Jewelers, Luna Restaurant, Red Water Café, Sweet Wind, Waimea General and Store – all generously donated.

There will be three prizes awarded – first, second and third, and everyone else will be entered into a drawing. They will also award ribbons.

“Everybody has some chance to win a prize even if they didn’t win the big one,” Johnston said.

He also encourages schools and different organizations to participate in group submissions as a way to showcase their talent.

Professional photographers will judge the entries without any knowledge of the age or identity of the person submitting the images.

“It’s about community, and it’s about fun and bringing people together,” Johnston said.

Deadline to enter is 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10. The photo entry fee for up to three images is $15 for those 18 and over, $10 for those under 18.

Photos should be sent unmounted and can be in any size up to 14 inches. The photos may be digitally altered using any program, but the subject must be within a North Hawaii setting.

Entry forms and rules are available online at www.WaimeaAlive.org and www.HistoricSpencerHouse.org. Entry forms may also be picked up from Waimea Instant Printing in Waimea.

Ribbons and prizes will be awarded at the exhibit’s opening reception, from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, in the 160-year-old Spencer House, next door to the Waimea McDonald’s. The exhibit will continue from 12 to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21, and all are welcome to visit.