The third event, which is held every two years, will kick off Friday and a new
event is planned for Saturday – the Light Up Augusta, a free photo safari.
“Downtown businesses will leave their lights on to provide a backdrop for good photography,” said Tricia Hughes, who serves on the festival committee.
Light Up Augusta is one of several photo safaris during the festival, which runs Oct. 26 through Nov. 4. Led by professional photographers, the safaris provide unique picture-taking perspectives and are planned throughout the city at locations such as the Miller Theatre and Magnolia Cemetery. A safari on a Petersburg boat on the Augusta Canal will be held during a full moon, and a special Halloween safari will take patrons into Summerville Cemetery to photograph historic cemetery after dark.
All of the safaris, except Light Up Augusta, will be limited to 20 people, and there is a fee to participate.
In addition to the safaris, there are several workshops planned. Overall, about 40 activities will be held in conjunction with the festival.
Workshop subjects include beginning outdoor portraiture, introduction to fine-art portraiture, introduction to Photoshop, lighting and fundamentals of photography. A full list with associated fees is available at the festival Web site,
Workshops will be held at various locations, including the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta Preparatory Day School and Sacred Heart Cultural Center.
Several photography exhibits are also part of the festival; among them are the John Mulhouse City of Dust exhibit at the Augusta Public Library, and photos submitted in the festival competition.
Mulhouse will speak at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the library.
Photographers submitted more than 750 images in categories such as abstract, altered images, people and places. Winners will be honored in a reception to close out the festival on Nov. 4 at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center.
Hughes calls the festival a great event that she hopes will bring exposure to Augusta. With the photo opportunities of Augusta’s landmarks available through the workshops and safaris, she said she hopes people will submit images from them and submit them to other competitions.
“I think there is an abstract beauty in the buildings. I would like to see this help with the revitalization of downtown,” she said.
For more information, call (706) 834-9742 or visit augustaphotofestival.org.