Photographer to Display Route 66 Photos at October Show

Dawn Kish displays her portfolio from our May 2015 issue. | Courtesy of Dawn Kish

Friend of the magazine Dawn Kish, a frequent photographic contributor to Arizona Highways, will be showcasing her work that was featured in our May 2015 issue at a show next month in Flagstaff.

Kish's portfolio in the May issue, Feelin' Groovy, was composed of shots Kish made along Historic Route 66, in keeping with that issue's theme. The twist: Kish made the photos using her iPhone and an app called Hipstamatic, giving a "vintage" look to her photos of the Mother Road.

The show is Friday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Criollo Latin Kitchen, a Flagstaff restaurant featured in our October issue, which is on newsstands now.

To learn more about Kish, visit her website or follow her on Facebook.

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Enter the Arizona State Fair's Photography Contest by September 9

The Arizona State Fair is looking for submissions for its annual photography contest, which is sponsored by Arizona Highways. You have until September 9 to enter, and there are dozens of categories from which to choose. (UPDATE: A previous version of this post said September 4 was the deadline; it's since been extended due to complications from weather. Click here for more info.)

The contest has separate divisions for amateur and experienced photographers. For each, there's a general category for black-and-white photos. For color photos, there are categories for people, landscape, animals, plants, design, panoramic and experimental photos. There's also a new category this year: cellphone photos, which can be either color or black and white.

The fair is accepting only online entries. Click here for a PDF that explains the whole process. When you're ready, click here to submit your artwork. If your photo is accepted, you'll have to prepare a hard copy to be displayed for judging during the fair.

We know our readers are fantastic photographers, so we hope you'll participate. Best of luck in the contest!

Photo courtesy of Arizona State Fair

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Memorial Planned for Longtime Arizona Photographer Jack Stuler

Jack Stuler, a prolific photographer whose work was exhibited in galleries across the U.S. during his six-decade career, died March 22 at his home in Payson. He was 82.

Stuler's family and friends are planning to honor his legacy with a memorial exhibition and celebration this Saturday, April 11, at Arizona State University's Northlight Gallery in Tempe. The event starts at 5 p.m.

According to a website recently set up in his memory, Stuler was a Pennsylvania native. He studied at Phoenix College and at Arizona State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1960 and later became a professor.

Stuler's photos — usually close-up ("macro") shots — were exhibited in, among other places, the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., and the Phoenix Art Museum. He published a book of his photos, In the Nature of Things, in 1990.

A 2002 Phoenix New Times story about a Stuler exhibition said the photographer "makes the familiar otherworldly with close-up shots ... that turn natural objects into surreal forms resembling alien terrain or voluptuous flesh. Only the titles — such as Rock Forms, Foam, East Verde River, Cactus and Sand — reveal that we're looking at bits of rock or parts of plants."

To learn more about Stuler and the memorial event, visit this Facebook page.

Photo: A Jack Stuler photograph. | Courtesy of "Jack Stuler Legacy" Facebook page

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Phoenix Photographer's iPhone Photo Part of Apple Ad Campaign

A Phoenix photographer's shot of the Sonoran Desert is part of a new Apple ad campaign promoting the camera on the iPhone 6.

As the Arizona Republic reported, Andrew Pielage made the photo near Scottsdale's Taliesin West in the McDowell Mountains. It shows teddy bear chollas and saguaros at sunset.

Pielage's photo is one of 77 being used in Apple's campaign. He told the newspaper the image will be reproduced on billboards in Seoul, Sydney, Delhi, Montreal, Dubai and New York City.

To see more of Pielage's work, visit his website.

Photo: Sonoran Desert | Andrew Pielage

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Images Chosen for Phoenix Kids in Focus Exhibit

Earlier this month, we told you about Kids in Focus, a nonprofit organization founded by Arizona Highways contributor Karen Shell. The group pairs at-risk youths from the Phoenix area with professional photographers who mentor them in the craft.

Now, the images have been chosen for the 2015 Kids in Focus exhibition at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. Here's a sample of those images. You can see the entire exhibition at the library, 1221 N. Central Avenue, from March 6 through April 19. On March 6, you can attend a free opening reception where each of the youths will receive a hardbound book of the project.

In addition to Shell, the other 11 professional photographers serving as mentors on the project are Patrick Breen, Jason Grubb, Art Holeman, Christine Johnson, Claudia Johnstone, David Moore, Michael Norton, Keith Pitts, Geoff Reed, Jill Richards and Dennis Scully.

For more information, visit

Photograph by Tatyana

Photograph by Vanessa

Photograph by Donald

Photograph by Carlos

Photograph by Laneya

Photograph by Briseyda

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Photograph Lake Powell in a Houseboat With Gary Ladd

Nobody knows Lake Powell like Gary Ladd. The longtime Arizona Highways contributor has been making photographs of the lake and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for decades. In our January issue, Ladd's photos accompanied The Great Beyond, his essay about the other attractions in the Page area.

Now, you can register to join Ladd on a houseboat trip around Lake Powell to photograph some of his favorite spots. The three workshops in 2015 are March 14-20, October 20-26 and October 30-November 8. The cost of the trips varies but includes food and accommodations.

From the workshops' description:

Here’s your opportunity to tag along with this landscape’s premier photographer as he visits all his favorite locations at the best time of day for beautiful pictures. Gary has been exploring the lake, its canyons, and the surrounding landscape since 1975 and has been leading photography houseboat trips for Arizona Highways and other groups for over 20 years - so you know he knows where to go and what to shoot. If you have ever thought about exploring this amazing lake that has been so little appreciated for what it offers photographers, this may be just the trip you’ve been waiting for.

List of Possible Destinations: (Depending on the exact lake level and weather conditions) Padre Bay, Forest Alcove, Confluence Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, Cookie Jar & Weathering Pit Ridge, Pool Canyon, Rock Creek Canyon, Gunsight Butte and Canyon, Dominguez Butte, Cathedral in the Desert, Last Chance Canyon, Escalante Canyon.

For more information, visit

Photo: Saija Lehtonen | Lake Powell

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Friday Fotos Fill-In: Check Out Our Photo Contest Finalists

There's no Friday Fotos gallery this week because our Friday Fotos editor is on vacation. Instead, why not take a minute to peruse some other gorgeous submissions: the finalists in our 2014-15 Photography Contest?

The 30 incredible images, which Arizona Highways staff chose from thousands of submissions, include this one by Peter Coskun, featuring the still water of Prescott's Watson Lake at sunset.

Winners will be announced online later this year, as well as in the September issue of Arizona Highways.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

(Photo: Peter Coskun | Watson Lake)

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