Waimea Alive! ‘Big Island on Foot’ Photo Contest

September 15, 2015, 12:35 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:12 PM
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Love taking photos? Waimea Alive! will host its 2015 photo contest under the theme, “Big Island On Foot.”

Big Island amateur photographers can submit photos taken across the island. Waimea Alive! says the contest is a way to get the community to slow down in such a fast pace environment and enjoy the many things there are to capture in a photo.

“The photo contest is something we do for the community, just for fun. And we thought the ‘on foot’ concept worked really well,” said Waimea Alive! Board Member Paul Johnston. “It’s a way to encourage people to step out of bounds a little. Don’t just drive around in your car looking for photo ops. Get out in nature or go to town and find something that catches your attention. And don’t worry if you’re not a walker – we completely welcome the unique perspective of folks who travel by wheelchair or scooter.”

In 2014, the contest brought in 150 entries from 55 amateur photographers. The first place spot went to Elin Kalaniopio with a black and white photograph of a child trying to climb a pony. Michael Varney took the second place spot with a surf shot, and Pablo McLoud entered and won third place with his sweeping Waimea landscape photo.

The submission window will open on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and will last through Nov. 4. Entries, printed on paper, should be submitted to Waimea Instant Printing. An entry fee of $15 for up to three photos should accompany photo submissions. Anyone under the age of 18 can submit for $10.  Waimea Instant Printing will also offer color prints on photocopy paper at a discounted price of $1 for those entering the contest.


An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. Winners will be announced on that day at 5 p.m.


To learn more, visit the Waimea Alive! website. 

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