The Midlothian Conference Center wants you to give them your best shot!

The Conference center and Midlothian Mirror will host a photography exhibit June 16-17 and is 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 conference center up with photos.”

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.

Pender said the rules are simple and there is no entry fee.

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.

For more information contact Mary Rustin at (972) 723-7919 or e-mail

Please furnish your name, phone number and division.

The Conference Center accepts only entries it deems family appropriate.

Last year’s exhibit saw more than 500 entries and event organizers are hoping for more photographs this year.