|Judges raising "IN" and "OUT" cards to select images for the second round.|
Viewers are respectfully quiet. A whisper here, the occasional sigh rising from a watching artist or an artists companion. Beside me, a spouse hugged and comforted an artist who's work scored three "OUTS" and so, did not move to the second round. This is serious business--a life-changing opportunity for one talented artist each year. All are hopeful.
|A Mallard entry illustrating an uncommon posture.|
|Entries make it to the second round with three or more "IN" selections from the five judges.|
|"IN" This display offers viewers another peek at some of the second round art. These are all excellent choices, the judges have a tough job to do!|
|Your blogger attended the first day only. I wore a name tag to advertise birder support and Ohio Ornithological Society support for our National Wildlife Refuge System and the all important Federal Duck Stamp.|