The seventh annual Maine Photography Show runs through May 5, open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Out of the 850 entries, 101 images were selected and many of the photographers were on hand during the awards ceremony April 13. Several of the awards announced went to Midcoast artists.

Bruce Burnham, the committee chairman, introduced the show jurist André Gallant and the award sponsors who, in turn, announced the winners of their awards. Belfast artists placed well in the Black & White category: Betsy Headley’s image “Two Shoppers” won the second place Boothbay Region Greenhouses Award; Charles Laurier Dufour’s “Pebbles” won the third place Blais & Hay Funeral Home Award; and Beth Anne Gordley’s “Quebec Quarters” won The First Bank Award for honorable mention. In the Student category (18 and younger), Elena Laustsen of Rockland’s “Henna Colors Life” won the Capital Area Camera Club Award for honorable mention.

Gallant, who rarely judges shows, said he found the work very strong.

“The top entries in each categories inspired me as a photographer as well as a teacher of photography,” he said.

The free exhibition is produced and presented by the MPS Committee of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and takes place at its spacious in-town gallery, 1 Townsend Ave. To see all the winners’ works, visit

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