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National Geographic And Smithsonian Photographer Selects Santa Barbara Orchid Show For New Project
Award winning National Geographic and Smithsonian photographer, Justin Brice, selects 69th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show for new photography project.
Justin Brice, specializes in fine art photography that explores the themes of ecology and time. Justin has published several books, including Shaolin: Temple of Zen and Planet Shanghai. His work has been seen in National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker as well as many other publications around the world.
Justin’s past projects have included a photographical documentary of Kung Fu inside the Shaolin Template. In the 1500-year history of the Shaolin Temple, Justin is considered to be the first photographer to have been allowed access inside the Shaolin Temple. Justin’s collaborative book, JOHOR: Asia Latitude One was named one of the best photo books of the year by American Photo Magazine and Photo District News in New York, was featured in the prestigious Communication Arts photo annual, and was awarded the bronze medal by the Art Director’s Club.
Brice has received international recognition for his work, including being nominated for the ICP Infinity Award “Young Photographer of the Year,” named “Discovery of Fotofest” by the Fotofest Biennale, and was chosen by Photo District News as one of the top “30 Young Photographers Under 30.” Brice’s documentary work has been highly acclaimed and awarded and has won several Pictures of the Year awards, including two awards in POYi60.
Santa Barbara has long been recognized internationally for its orchids. Santa Barbara’s breeding programs are responsible for many of world’s award winning introductions. Orchid growers from all over the world come to Santa Barbara to select stock to mass produce. The show will offer Brice a venue for photographing many orchid hybrids that are not available anywhere else.
The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, which will run from March 14-16, 2014, 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. each day, is the oldest and one of the largest annual orchid shows in the United States, has over 35,000 square feet of orchids in the sales and display area and attracts over 10,000 visitors from all over the world each year. Attendees will marvel at this most diverse and complex of plant families on display in intriguing garden exhibits and floral arrangements by top local, regional and international growers.
A juried exhibition managed by the Santa Barbara Art Association allows visitors to experience orchids as the focus of fine art and photography. For those who wish to bring a touch of orchid color home, the extensive sales area includes regional and international vendors offering thousands of blooming orchid plants, orchid-related art and growing supplies for sale. Visitor and exhibitor information is available on our web site at www.SBOrchidShow.com
Commercial orchid growers in the greater Santa Barbara area open their facilities for special sales and tours during the show weekend of March 14-16, 2014. Area growers can be found at www.CaliforniaOrchidTrail.com.
The 39th Annual Cymbidium Congress, hosted by the Cymbidium Society of America, is also held in conjunction with the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. Registrants to the Congress focus on a day of lectures by international orchid experts, the Gala Santa Barbara International Orchid Show Awards Banquet and unlimited admission to the Show. Visit www.cymbidium.org for information on the Congress.
General admission to the show is $12. Seniors and students with ID pay $10; children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Individual tickets can be purchased at the show box office or through Ticketmaster. Group sales information is available on the website at www.sborchidshow.com, via email at sborchidshowpublicity@
The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to bringing the enjoyment of orchids to the public. The venue is easy to reach at the Las Positas Road exit from Highway 101 in Santa Barbara.
To find out more about the 69th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, visit www.SBOrchidShow.com.
About Justin Brice:
Justin Brice (b. 1974) is an American visual artist whose large-scale photographs explore the themes of ecology, time and change. His abstract painterly images chart earth’s geological continuum, using the planet’s modern day topography as a visual metaphor for the past, present and future. Born and raised in Maplewood, NJ, and resident of Asia for nearly two decades, Brice has spent the last 20 years traveling extensively around the world on commission to visually document our changing planet. Brice was recently nominated for the 2014 Sovereign Art Prize by UCCA Beijing director Philip Tinari. His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. More information can be found at www.justin-brice.com.
Contact: Denise Leaser, Publicist
Santa Barbara International Orchid Show