MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian Conference Center wants you to give it your best shot.

The conference center and Midlothian Mirror will host the annual photography exhibit June 27-28 and they are seeking entries from amateurs, professionals and everyone in between.

“This is designed for the fun of it and also to give local photographers a venue to show the rest of the community their work,” said Norman Pender, event coordinator.

“We want to fill the conence center up with photos.”

In its third year, Pender said the photo exhibit is beginning to build quite a name for itself.

“We had more than 610 photos entered last year from photographers from across Ellis County and the region,” Pender said. “We’ve worked very hard to make this a quality show that is judged by professionals, but still appreciates the effort of amateurs.”

The exhibit will be divided into three divisions:

• Professional

• Amateur

• Youth (15-and-younger).

Pender said professionals are urged to bring their promotional materials and also to mentor amateurs and youth.

“We’ve been doing this for several years and we have been pushing this show to a level where amateurs and kids feel comfortable exhibiting their work,” she said. “We are also working to take it to a level where professionals from across the Metroplex want to come and show their stuff, too.”

Pender said the photos can be entered in one of 10 categories:

• Portrait.

• Landscape/Scenery.

• Floral.

• Animals.

• Sports.

• Structures.

• Transportation.

• People (activities and candids).

• Still Life (other than floral).

• Special Effects.

• Multiple Image.

New this year is the Multiple Image category that allows photographers to layer several photos to create a single image.

“The digital camera and electronic darkroom has opened a lot of new doors in photography,” Pender said. “We are seeking to adjust to this new medium and urge photographers to try their hand at it and enter their best work.”

The doors open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 27, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 28.

Photographers can enter a maximum of six entries in any combination of subjects. Subjects may not be mixed in an entry. There is a $3 charge per exhibitor.

Photos will be judged by a group of professional photographers and will be numbered to maintain anonymity. Ribbons will be given to first, second and third place entries. A Best of Show will also be chosen.

The rules are simple.

Photos may be color or black and white and must be taken by the exhibitor.

Each entry may consist of one or more photos, mounted or framed, with the total size of each entry no larger than 36-inches in either the vertical or horizontal.

Entrant must furnish easel or stand for mounting on table or floor.

Bring entries to the center from 1-8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, from 8 a.m.-noon Friday, June 26.

Photos must be picked up from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 28, or from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 29.

For more information, contact Mary Rustin at 972-723-7919 or e-mail midconfcntr@aol.com and furnish your name, phone number and division.

The conference center accepts only entries it deems family-appropriate.

E-mail Floyd at floyd.ingram@wninews.com