The Maine Photography Show, the premier state-wide juried exhibition of fine photography in Maine, is taking entries through midnight Wednesday, Feb. 1. The show is open to all amateur and professional photographers with a Maine address. More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded.

There are four categories, although entries are limited to three pictures total. The categories are: Black & White; Color; Student (18 and younger), which includes photography in any of the categories; and Abstract, this year’s themed category.

The MPS committee’s and judge’s definition of an abstract image is images that capture form and design elements “in any way you can imagine and we’ve never seen before … Abstract photography is photographic images that can contains shapes, colors, lines, and other design elements where the subject and reference to the world is not immediately evident.”

Each year, a world-class photographer or a highly respected museum curator is selected to be the judge of this show. This year, the seventh annual Maine Photography Show, will be judged by André Gallant, a freelance photographer who travels the world over, taking expressive photographs; for more information about him and his work, visit andregallant.com.

All entries are taken online and the process is easy. To enter, or to get more information or to see last year’s show, visit mainephotographyshow.com. The 2012 Maine Photography Show will open to the public April 14 and continue to May 5. The exhibition is produced and presented by the MPS Committee of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and takes place at its gallery at 1 Townsend Ave.