Fran Achen Photography Competition accepting entries

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Staff | June 3, 2014

WHITEWATER--Amateur and professional photographers are invited to enter their photographs in the fifth annual Fran Achen Photography Competition, sponsored through the Whitewater Arts Alliance.

The entries will be displayed July 5-27 at the WAA's Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main Street in Whitewater. 

Achen was a longtime Whitewater resident, teacher, and local photographer. However, he is best remembered for his photographic collection which chronicles the history of Whitewater.

"The Fran Achen contest is an excellent opportunity for photographers of all ages to follow in the tradition of artistic excellence established by one of Whitewater's most revered and respected resident artists.   Each year we see an amazing range of subjects and aesthetic perspectives from local and regional photographers, from wildlife to portraiture work, that help to tell this story of this remarkable community and its residents.  The exhibition is a fitting tribute to a man whom our community remembers not only as a photographer, but as a teacher, historian, and friend,” said Mark McPhail, president of the Whitewater Arts Alliance.

One new feature of this year's show will be a display of color photographs, which have not been on view at this show before.  Fran Achen's son, Chad, an accomplished photographer in his own right, is supplying these photos for the exhibit. 

Individuals who wish to submit their photos should complete an entry form and send it before June 20 to the Whitewater Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 311, Whitewater, WI 53190 (entries received after this date will be accepted if space allows).  Guidelines (including sizes, formats and entry fees) and entry forms are available at the banks, the public library, and the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center or on the WAA web site at

Whitewater Arts Alliance members may submit the first photo free, and up to three photos may be submitted by each person.  Anyone with additional questions should contact Katherine Conover at 262-473-3702 or

Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show Award ($125); in the adult division the prizes are $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third place; in the youth and teen divisions prizes will be awarded for first ($25), second ($15), and third place ($10). Awards will be presented at the opening reception, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, at the Cultural Arts Center.

“This is the fifth year of this show, and we are delighted to once again honor the late Fran Achen and his historic photography. This is a fantastic way for anyone with an interest in photography to share their talents,” Conover said.  “We hope to feature many more photographs in the youth and teen categories.  To that end, we have reduced the entry fees for those age groups.”

For those who wish to sell their photos, both the photographers and the Whitewater Arts Alliance will benefit from their creative talents! The Alliance will receive 20 percent of the sale from Whitewater Arts Alliance members and 30 percent from non-members.

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