DARIEN, Conn. – The deadline to submit an entry to the Darien Art Center's smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien, is rapidly approaching. The last day to submit smartphone photos for cash prizes in five categories is Monday, Feb. 27.
Photos do not need to be taken in Darien. The contest is open to all. There are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien.
Professional artist and accomplished Westport graphic designer Miggs Burroughs will judge the contest. This is the second year for the photo contest, which garnered more than 400 entries in 2016.
Burroughs, the son of a commercial artist, grew up in the Westport community of artists that had greatly developed in the 1950s. After graduating from what is now Carnegie Mellon University with a theatre degree, Briggs found himself working at a local newspaper and designing pages for magazines. He soon developed his affection for designing and graphic art.
Since then, he has designed the Westport town flag, the Westport public schools logo, the Levitt Pavillion logo and Tunnel Vision, a permanent collection of his photos on display in a passageway in downtown Westport. His other artistic creations include a U.S. postage stamp, Time magazine covers, a public access TV show, "Miggs B on TV," and a book of questions entitled "What If."
He is also on the Westport Arts Advisory and Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Committees, is a founding member of the Westport Artists’ Collective, and recently took on the role of Artist in Residence at the Westport Library. Burroughs will judge the Pic Darien contest blindly; without the identity of the contestants.
Participants may enter Pic Darien either as a child, age 10 and under, a student, ages 11 to 17, or as an adult, ages 18 and over. There are five themed prize categories, including People/Pets, Nature, Travel, and new this year, Food, and Humor. Each contestant may enter up to two smartphone photos for a $25 fee.
Contestants may enter multiple times. First place and honorable mention cash prizes will be awarded to adults, students and children in all categories, for a total of 30 prizes. Adult prizes are $100 for first place and $50 for honorable mention; students’ prizes are $50 for first place and $25 for honorable mention, and children’s prizes are $25 for first place and $15 for honorable mention.
An Award and Reveal Reception open to the public, with refreshments and a slide show of all photo contest entries, will take place at the DAC Weatherstone Studio on Friday, March 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. To find out more about the Pic Darien contest, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall.