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Metro Times’ annual photo contest, the first installment of which graced our pages in 1982, has been around almost as long as the paper itself (founded in 1980). This year marks the 21st time that we’ll feature daring and distinctive images created by our readers in both color and black-and-white — with first-, second- and third-place winners in each category, as well as runners-up, published in our special contest edition of May 29-June 4.

As in years past, we’ll also exhibit all the entries at a cool Detroit location (soon to be announced) so that everybody can appreciate the energy, diversity and inventiveness of these visions. Since many of the photos remain with us throughout the following year, they often get used in interesting editorial layouts. Of course, we always give full credit to the artists — and whatever appears in print also goes up on our Web site to be appreciated by readers around the world. Talk about exposure!

The contest is judged by photo professionals from the Detroit area, practitioners of the art with experienced eyes and high standards, making it (at more than 300 entries each year) the most solicited and challenging competition of its kind in southeast Michigan.

So don’t procrastinate and above all don’t be shy. Your pictures can’t wait to meet the appreciative gazes of our local, national and international audiences. And who knows where this next step will take you!

George Tysh is arts editor of Metro Times. E-mail gtysh@metrotimes.com

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