The Fairfield Museum is pleased to continue celebrating the exceptional work of talented photographers from across the region through the IMAGES 2019 Juried Photography Show, which opens on Thursday, February 28. A jury of three professional photographers will select approximately 40 photographs for the exhibition, and the selected photos will be shown alongside the inspiring work of adventure photographer Jen Edney. All of the images will be on display at the Fairfield Museum through April 28.

The public is invited to an Opening Reception & Giving Day Event on February 28 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road. The party will feature local food, specialty beverages courtesy of Fairfield’s Bigelow Tea, and entertainment provided by Fairfield musician Billy Ruegger. The jurors, Douglas Foulke, Brad Smith, and Edney, along with First Selectman Mike Tetreau, will be in attendance. At the reception, every submission to the 2019 contest will be featured in a slideshow, and the jury will announce the “Best in Show” photographs in both the Professional/Serious Amateur and Student categories. They will also award honorable mentions. The Professional/Serious Amateur winner will receive their own exhibition at Southport Galleries on a date to be determined by the gallery. The Student winner will receive a professional portfolio review.

Hailing from land-locked Nebraska, Edney has clocked over 50,000 offshore miles. She was recently named by National Geographic as one of “Nine Female Photographers Who Push The Limits.” Edney captures on-site action and human emotion from unique and often surprising perspectives, photographing from below the water and above the rig. Her first sailing photography work in 2009 covered American sailor Zac Sunderland, the first person under 18 years of age to sail solo around the world. In 2017-2018, Edney was chosen as an Onboard Reporter for the Volvo Ocean Race, sailing’s most dangerous event. Edney trained for weeks to be able to survive on boats traveling up to 40 knots in waves as high as 30 feet. Edney’s work has been featured on ESPN, ABC Prime Time, and CBS Sports, and in the Los Angeles Times, Sail Magazine, Yacht, Success Magazine, Men’s Journal, Outside Magazine, and Red Bull Adventure.

IMAGES 2019 is presented in memory of Marcia B. Saft. A former Fairfield Museum Board Member and devoted community leader and philanthropist, Marcia Saft (1945-2016) was an enthusiastic supporter of Fairfield’s history and artistic legacy. A special thanks to Southport Galleries for their continuing support.

Fairfield County’s Giving Day is the region’s biggest philanthropic event of the year. It is a 24-hour online giving marathon that helps local non-profits support their important missions.

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