Photographers can submit as many photos as they wish, with an entry fee of $4 per photo. Amateur is this contest is defined as those who earn less than $500 per year annually from photography excluding contest winnings.

Photo Quest 2017 is underway. The Lake Arts Council and the Lake Area Camera Club present this competition.

Taking place annually for more than a decade and receiving more than 200 entries last year, this photography contest and exhibit gives amateur photographers an opportunity to exhibit their art and receive recognition for their work. Amateur is this contest is defined as those who earn less than $500 per year annually from photography excluding contest winnings.

The camera club is accepting entries for the competition until 1 p.m. on July 28. Film and digital photography are equally welcome.

The categories for this year are: Wildlife and Nature; Abstracts and Story Telling; Landscapes and Scenics; Still Life and Florals; and Architecture and Machines. Photographers can submit as many photos as they wish, with an entry fee of $4 per photo.

The contest is open to anyone 17 years of age and older. Prizes will be awarded in cash and ribbons to Best of Show, $100; first place in each category, $50; second place in each category, $25; and third place and honorable mentions receive ribbons.

Three judges, who are in no way connected to the council or the camera club, will award winners. An awards ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug.12 at Stone Crest Mall in Osage Beach.

Following the ceremony, Photo Quest 2017 will be on exhibit Aug. 12-25 at Stone Crest Mall. Photos will be available for pick-up after Aug. 29. Winning photos will be on display Sept. 6-Oct. 27 on the council’s exhibit wall.

Entry forms and judging and full submission guidelines may be downloaded at www.artsatthelake.com under Calendar or at www.meetup.com/lakephoto under Photos. Entry forms can also be obtained by calling or visiting the Lake Arts Council Office at Stone Crest Mall from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Lake Area Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks main branch’s second floor community room in Osage Beach, and is always welcome to new members.

For more information, call the Lake Arts Council office at 573-964-6366.