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Spring Hill photographer wins Best of Show

Special to Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 04:54 PM

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa held its 12th annual members show July 8. Local photographer Jeremy Scott of Spring Hill won Best in Show at the event.

The FMoPA show featured several entry categories including architecture, conceptual, creative mediums, documentary, nature/landscape, portraiture, travel and digital entry.

Scott, who has no formal photography training, submitted a photo in the portrait category titled, "Woman Carrying Fish." The photo was shot on a dirt road in Weeki Wachee. "I love the richness of environmental portraits back then and Hernando County was an ideal fit for the kind of raw, salt-of-the-earth feeling I needed.

"I wanted to create a timeless looking character study that was also a bit unsettling and surreal. My inspiration came from the Great Depression-era photos of the 1930s."

Scott's photo and other show entries will be on display at the FMoPA until the end of August.

The exhibition for the members show runs until August 5.

Judges for the event were Todd D. Smith, executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art; Megan Voeller, visual art critic for Creative Loafing; and Pierre Dutertre, president of the American Society of Media Photographers, Central Florida chapter and registrar of the permanent collection for FMoPA.

The Best in Show winner received a $300 cash prize.

"There were so many great entries in every category that it truly came as a surprise. I'm just honored that people liked the photo," said Scott.

FMoPA exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists.

The museum is currently exhibiting "The Secret Paris of the 1930s: Vintage Photographs" by Brassai which is running until August 19.

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is located at 400 North Ashley Drive in Tampa. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday until 8 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Cost is $10 for non-members; $8 for students and military; and free for FMoPA members.

The museum website is fmopa.org. To view the 12th annual members show, along with the other categories and other awards given, visit www.membersshow.com/newsite/show-info.

Jeremy Scott's photography can be seen at www.jeremyscottphoto.com.

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