Elsah Photography Workshop for Youth

In 2019, a Youth Prize will be added to the Village of Elsah Museum’s popular annual photography exhibit. This year’s theme is “Joy and Discovery in Elsah.” The Youth Section of the exhibit is for photographers between 12 and 18 years old. The exhibit section seeks to provide an opportunity for young photographers to share and evaluate their works with their contemporaries. A $100 prize is provided for the winner of the Youth Section. The prize is chosen by an outside judge.
In addition to the Youth Section Prize, the Village of Elsah Museum will provide a workshop for young photographers to learn about photography and participating in an exhibit. The workshop will be conducted by Marty McKay (2018 Greatriverroad.com Purchase Prize winner) and Karen King (2013 Village of Elsah Purchase Prize winner). Both McKay and King have previously led photography workshops for young people.
The workshop is on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Farley Music Hall, 37 Mill Street, Elsah, Illinois starting at 10:00am and finishing by noon. Participants are to be between 12 and 18 years old. The workshop enrollment is limited to 20. Registration is required prior to the event. Contact for details on registering: [email protected]. Photography submission rules are provided at this url: www.escapetoelsah.com/photography-contest. There is no charge for this workshop. This workshop is sponsored by Village of Elsah Museum and Historic Elsah Foundation.
The workshop will open with a brief review of some of the basics of photography and participating in the Village of Elsah Museum exhibit. Then, McKay and King will take the participants in two groups for an on-location photographing session in the Elsah valley. The last portion of the workshop will include a critique and will help the participants ready their images for printing. It is the goal of the workshop to help the participants have, at least, one “ready to print” image for later submission before or by the exhibit submission deadline of Monday, March 18, 2019.
Office Depot located at 300 E Homer Adams Parkway in Alton has graciously agreed to provide printing services for the youth workshop participants to facilitate their submissions to the Village of Elsah Museum Photography Exhibit, Youth Section. One 8 x 10 photo will be printed free of charge. This will ensure each participant in the photography workshop will have, at least, one photo to enter. The organizers of the photography workshop will help the participants pick a photo and will arrange for the printing with Office Depot.  Individuals must make their own submission. Thank you to Office Depot (and staff member, Cat) for providing this service for the workshop participants.
Workshop participants should bring their camera; and wear warm and appropriate clothing for on-location work, and bring their enthusiasm. All skill and knowledge levels are welcome.
The Village of Elsah Museum is jointly operated by the Village of Elsah and Historic Elsah Foundation.  The Museum thanks all the donors and volunteers for this workshop and the support of the annual photography exhibit. With special appreciation, we thank the following: 

  • prize donations to the Photography Exhibit by Village of Elsah municipal government, Greatriverroad.com, Green Tree Inn and a private donor; 
  • workshop printing by Office Depot at 303 E Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, IL;
  • volunteer workshop instructors, Marty McKay and Karen King; and     
  • workshop location, Farley Music Hall, along with refreshments by Historic Elsah Foundation