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Bookworm of Edwards hosts author of ‘Unforgettable Photograph’ Tuesday

Bookworm photography contest details

The contest kicks off Tuesday and entries are due by 5 p.m. on Nov. 25.

The theme is portraits and the contest will be broken down into categories so that photographers of all ages and abilities will be recognized.

• Kids age 12 and under: Pet portraits.

• Young adult, ages 13-18: Portraits of friends.

• Adults: Portraits of generations (Adult category will be broken into a professional and amateur category).

Contest specifics:

• Submissions need to be digitally submitted to The Bookworm at

• All submissions must be posted on the Bookworm Facebook Page:

• All submissions must also be presented in print as a matted 8-by-10-inch photo.

• The Bookworm has permission to reproduce any and all submissions for marketing purposes.

• Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winner of each category. Winners will be announced on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

The judges criteria is as follows: Use of props; lighting; rhythm of photo; the “moment” of the photo.

The judges include: Lange, author of “The Unforgettable Photograph”; Pam Melone Peterson, a local professional photographer who began photographing at the age of 13 when her brother Steven died in a construction accident. She remembers her mother saying she didn’t have any recent photographs of him and she scrambled to find just one recent photo to display at his funeral; and Allie Gilliland, a local photography enthusiast and Bookworm staffer.

Pictures are all around us. Everywhere we look, there is an image — some a snapshot in time. Moments are fleeting and pictures are the best way to capture them. Whether it’s your iPhone or your favorite DSLR, your memories are now easier to capture than ever. Everyone is a photographer, and everyone wants to take great photos.

In the book “Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life,” author George Lange takes us on an exploration. Rather than focusing on the camera, this book emphasizes the feeling of the photo itself. It shows people how to appreciate life, not just document it — how to shoot the soul rather than the surface, the surprising rather than the arty. And it does it by using Lange’s own wonderful photographs in a graphic, completely accessible, always inspiring, often funny way.

Who is Lange?

Lange has been taking photographs all his life. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he began his career working for Annie Leibovitz and Duane Michals and went on to shoot for many major magazines, national newspapers, entertainment studios and corporations. Today he is best known for his commercial still and motion work.

Lange visits The Bookworm of Edwards today at 6 p.m. He will discuss his book and share tips and tricks to help you take the best photographs of your life. The event is also a kick-off to The Bookworm’s inaugural Unforgettable Photograph community photography contest.

“As a community hub, we felt that this ideas was a natural fit for the bookstore,” said Gabrie Higbie, marketing manager for The Bookworm. “The holiday’s are around the corner and photography is such a big part of that. Be it holiday cards, or just family photos during your holiday events, cameras are ever-present and pictures created. Because of this close proximity to the holidays, the theme we have chosen for our contest is portraits. But we encourage you to think outside of the typical portrait box — and hopefully George Lange will help our contestants do just that.”