The Midlothian Conference Center and Midlothian Mirror will host a photography exhibit June 16-17 and they are seeking entries from amateurs, professionals and everyone in between.

Finishing touches are being put on the show that drew hundreds of photos from photographers across Ellis County and the Metroplex last year.

“We are really excited about the response we have gotten so far,” said Norman Pender, event coordinator. “Last year’s event went off flawlessly and we are looking to make this one the best ever.”

And it is all free and open to the public.

“We are very pleased to have the Midlothian Mirror as a sponsor of this year’s event and plan to give out some very nice ribbons to winners in a variety of categories,” said Pender. “We have developed this exhibit in a fashion where it gives serious photographers a chance to showcase their talent but we have also made it a lot of fun for amateurs and young photographers, too.”

Pender said they have already gotten a number of calls about this year’s exhibit and he expects to fill the Midlothian Conference Center up with photographs.

“The quality of photography at all levels was very good at last year’s event,” said Pender. “This exhibit is also for the community and we want people to just come by and browse. I think they will be impressed.”

The exhibit will be divided into three divisions:

Professional. Amateur . Youth (13-and-under).

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

“I feel sure we will have some serious work but we are also encouraging students to bring us their best shot,” said Pender. “This show should have something for all tastes and will hopefully encourage the art of photography.”

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

Portrait. Landscape/Scenery. Animals. Floral. Structures. People (activities and candids). Vehicles. Still Life (other than floral). Special Effects.

The doors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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 of more photos, mounted or framed, with the total size of each entry no larger than 30 x 30 inches.

Maximum of nine entries per exhibitor in any combination of subjects. Subjects may not be mixed on an entry.

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

Bring entries to the Center Thursday, June 14 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Friday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Pick up Sunday, June 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or Monday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Conference Center accepts only entries it deems family appropriate.

“I want to urge people to bring an easel for their work,” said Pender. “While it doesn’t affect judging it does improve viewing by the public.”

Pender said any questions about the exhibit should be directed to Mary Rustin at (972) 723-7919 or e-mailed to the midconfcntr@aol.com.

The Midlothian Conference Center is located south of the U.S. Highway 287 Bypass and just east of the 14th Street and Mt. Zion Road intersection.