Join us at the Pratt Museum to see Alaska Positive on display in our People and Place Gallery May 7 – August 28, 2021.
Now in its 49th year, Alaska Positive is a statewide juried photographic exhibition organized and toured by the Alaska State Museum. Its purpose is to encourage the practice of photography as an art form in Alaska. Alaska Positive was on exhibit at the Alaska State Museum from December 6, 2019, through February 15, 2020, and then traveled to Cordova in 2021, and will now be on display in Homer from May through August. After Homer, the statewide tour continues, as the exhibition travels to museums throughout Alaska.
The juror for Alaska Positive was David Michael Kennedy, whose photographic career spans over 50 years. Kennedy selected 38 photographs by 26 photographers for the exhibit. Overall, 202 photographs were submitted by Alaskan photographers for the competition. The top award, the Juror’s Choice, went to Cody Swanson of Anchorage for the photograph titled Dipnetters. The Awards of Recognition went to Mike Gates of Ketchikan for Self, and Iris Korhonen-Penn of Juneau for Auke Lake, Bunchberry, Eagle Beach, and Lincoln Island. These awards are sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.