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Updated: February 8, 2016

The Monticello Camera Club

Monticello, MN




Monticello Photo Show

The 13th ANNUAL MONTICELLO PHOTO SHOW is fast approaching. It will be held on March 12-13, 2016. Submissions will be open starting January 1, 2016.

Our contest is held in cooperation with River City Extreme. All levels of photographers are welcome to submit their work; from beginners, to students, hobbyists, amateurs and professionals. The Monticello Camera Club provides an opportunity for a variety of community photographers to have their work on display for the general public’s viewing enjoyment, both at the show event and for the weeks following the show within the community (see locations below). The show is held in the banquet facilities (newly remodeled in 2014) at River City Extreme in Monticello, on School Street west of Hwy 25. It is free to attend.

The 12 categories for 2016 are the same as last year and include: Action/Motion, Animals/Mammals, Animals/Other, Architectural/Structural, Botanical, Creative Techniques, Landscape, Macro/Close-up, Natural Landscape, People, Reflections, and Sunrise Sunset & Night. Black & White images can be submitted in any category as long as it meets the other requirements for that category. Each year entries begin on January 1 and are accepted through March 1. See the complete list of 2016 Photo Show Rules here.

All photo entries MUST be delivered in one of the following ways (NO exceptions).

  • By U.S. Mail to: Monticello Camera Club, P.O. Box 483, Monticello, MN 55362. Return postage MUST be included if you want yours photos returned.
  • By other shipping (FedEX, UPS) to street address: Monticello Camera Club, c/o Bob Somerville, 213 E. River Street, Monticello, MN 55362 (NOTE: FEBRUARY ONLY). Return postage MUST be included if you want yours photos returned.
  • Drop off photos at Finders Keepers Gift & Consignment at the corner of Highway 25 & 3rd street the month of February ONLY Thursday and Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5. Must include SASE if you want your submissions returned. Return postage MUST be included if you want yours photos returned.
  • Hand deliveries will be accepted prior to the monthly Camera Club meeting held on Wed., Feb. 17, 2016 between the hours of 6:00-7:00 pm at River City Extreme bowling center meeting room in the dining area located at: 3875 School Blvd., Monticello, MN 55362. Return postage MUST be included if you want yours photos returned.

Here is the link for the 2016 Photo Show Contest Entry form. If you have questions on any of this, you can contact us by email. Entry fees are $5 per entry with the limit remaining as before at 1 entry each in up to 4 different categories (4 total).

2015 Photo Show Rules

2015 Photo Show Entry Form

For more information on our Annual Photo Show or to be added to the distribution list for this year's show, e-mail us at info@monticameraclub.com. Look to this page each year for updates on photo show information.

Thanks to all who participate in our annual photo show.

We want to offer special THANKS once again to our premier business sponsor for 2016 and past years – River City Extreme. Without their support, it is likely we couldn't bring this event to you. THANK YOU!!

River City Extreme

Thanks also to Culvers and TEAM Chiropractic for hosting our advertising signs! Thanks to Finders Keepers for helping to collect photo entries. Please show them your appreciation as well.

And, we want to thank all of YOU, our loyal patrons of this event. Without you, the viewing and voting public, this event would not be successful. We hope to see you again this year.

Thank you to our Monticello Camera Club volunteers who organize this photo show. Without their willingness to pitch in, we couldn't put on this show each year.

Photos are generally displayed at the following business locations from approximately March 31 to May 5 of each year. For 2016, this has yet to be finalized.

  • Monticello Public Library, 200 Sixth Street West - 763-295-2322
  • First Minnesota Bank Lobby, 106 4th Street East - 763-271-7200
  • Premier Bank Lobby, 4134 Deegan Court - 763-271-7670
  • Liberty Savings Bank Lobby, 1560 Hart Boulevard 763-295-4411
  • Riverwood Bank, 1421 Seventh Street East - 763-295-2265
  • Monticello Dental Center, 763-263-7100

Click the links below to view the Winners from our past photo shows:

Photo Show Advice

Q: Where can I find foam core boards?

A: A lot of you have been asking where you can find the foam core for mounting your photos. Walmart carries foam core and it is usually found in their craft area near where tag board can be found (I believe). Other stores that might carry it would be JoAnn Crafts, Michaels, or other craft or photo related stores. Walmart stores are probably the most easily accessible place to find it though and the least expensive. In addition, the dollar store located next to Walmart in Monticello also carries foam core sheets.

Q: Where can I find the adhesive foam core boards?

A: I found them online at Dick Blicks and at Office Depot. There are other sources you can find online as well but the two I have provided have stores that can be found in our area as well. You might be able to call their stores and see if they have them there rather than waiting for delivery from their online store. Just click on the links provided here to get the information needed. These are just resources that I have found and are not necessarily recommendations, just information.

Q: How do I mount a print to foam core?

A: Here's a couple of links to help you out. Here's a tutorial on Youtube to do it using spray adhesive. This link shows how to use various techniques to adhere photos to foam core. This video tutorial shows how to mount a photo using the self adhesive photo boards.

If you have other questions, we'll try to address those here.

You can also view over 150 of the Monticello swan photos by going to the Discover Monticello website and clicking on the "Monticello Swan Photos from Monticello Photo Contest" link. Check it out.

The Monticello Arts Council put on the Annual Monticello Photo Show from 2004 to 2011 with the help of Design For Print. In 2012, the Monticello Camera Club took over running the photo show. Currently, our premier business sponsor is River City Extreme. We thank them for their continued support. Show them your appreciation through your patronage.

River City Extreme

2011 Monticello Photo Show Video

The video below was done in 2011 by students at St. Cloud State (Jill Zimmerman and Jason Swanson) for display on the Charter Cable channel in St. Cloud. They did a great job on it. Some of our members are in the video and others have photos displayed in it. Check it out by clicking here or on the image below.

youtube video 2011 Monticello Photo show



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Monticello Camera Club
PO Box 483
Monticello, MN 55362


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