The Maine Photography Show, the premier juried, statewide show of photography in Maine, has always attracted big numbers of entrants and images, but this year’s entries have broken the previous record by a good margin.

The previous record for images entered was 756 in 2010, with 294 participating photographers. Entries to the 2012 MPS have totaled 850 images by 321 photographers. The entries were from a wide area of Maine, from Kennebunkport to Oquossoc and Rangely to Exeter and Bernard to Big Lake. Midcoast towns represented range from Swanville to Appleton to St. George.

The show’s chairperson, Bruce Burnham, was especially proud of the number of students’ images entered this year — 101, the first time the entries have topped 100.

All of the images have been sent to show jurist André Gallant, who will carefully select the final exhibition of approximately 100 images. Then he will select the award winners in each of the four categories: Color; Black & White; Student (18 and younger); and the themed category, Abstract.

The 2012 Maine Photography Show opens to the public Saturday, April 14 and will run to May 5. The exhibition is produced and presented by the MPS Committee of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and takes place at its spacious midtown gallery, 1 Townsend Ave. Admission is free. For more information, visit mainephotographyshow.com.