Solon Center for the Arts is now accepting applications for the FOCUS 2013 Photography Competition. FOCUS 2013, a photography competition bringing communities together through art, is in its eighth year.

Photographers throughout Northeast Ohio are encouraged to enter their work and have it exhibited at the opening reception April 12 at Solon Community Center, 35000 Portz Parkway from 6 to 8 p.m. This exciting evening of winners, photography and refreshments is free and open to the public. Artwork that is selected to move on will then be displayed at SCA or The Beck Center for the Arts. Closing receptions for pieces chosen to move on will take place on May 23 at The Beck Center for the Arts and on May 24 at Solon Center for the Arts. Both events will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

New this year, FOCUS 2013 will feature an amateur and seasoned photographer classification with five categories including People and Portraits, Architecture/Cityscape, Nature/Landscape, Animals and Botanical. Registration is $10 per photo and photographers may submit up to three entries. Awards will be given in each category including Best of Show.

Applications can be found online at, at SCA or by visiting any of the FOCUS 2013 partner cities including Aurora Parks and Recreation, Streetsboro Parks and Recreation and Twinsburg Parks and Recreation.

The deadline for applications is March 16 at 2 p.m. For, call SCA at 440-337-1400.