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The Texas Photographic Society's Cell Phone Contest II catalog of accepted entries. For this competition, entrants were only allowed to use cell phone cameras, photo editing software that shipped with their phones, and photo-related apps. The contest was juried by Dan Burkholder, "There is no, one 'cell phone look' that I was favoring in this contest. Things like a delightful visual ambiguity, a photo that made the eye linger, a willingness to make the “I have a camera with me!” revelation obvious — these all counted in a big way. Sometimes an image was selected because of the spontaneity, sometimes because the maker used a creative (and appropriate) selection of apps to modify the original capture. And sometimes it was an inviting photo of a dog or cat. As you can see, there isn’t a solid formula in cell phone photography any more than there is in generic photography. As Ansel once said, “there are no rules for good photographs; there are only good photographs.”

The contest winners were:
First Place: Karen Diven (Boulder, CO) The Leg
Second Place: Deena Feinberg (Rheinbeck, NY) Mom & Her Boy
Third Place: Gail Samuelson (Sherborn, MA) Garden Ferns

The following received honorable mentions:
Theresa Airey (Monkton, MD) Secret Garden
Colleen Drew (Highland Village, TX) Pink Tulip
Sharon Shero (Dallas, TX) The Voyeur

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Texas Photographic Society
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The Texas Photographic Society, founded in 1985, is a nonprofit organization of amateur and professional photographers dedicated to supporting contemporary photography as a means for creative expression and cultural insight. TPS focuses on furthering the educational and artistic development of its members while involving the community at large by sponsoring exhibitions, publications, workshops and outreach programs. TPS boasts over 1,200 active members from 48 states, and D.C, and 12 countries. While Texas based, over half the membership resides outside the state. TPS exhibits have been shown in California, Florida, New York and throughout Europe. The Board of Directors, now 41 strong, includes: educators, authors, curators, gallery owners, fine art and commercial photographers and other interested professionals. Many notable figures in the photographic arts come to Texas to exhibit at TPS events, host workshops, or juror TPS exhibitions.

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