News Release: View Amazing “Images From the Edge” in Free Slideshow at Park

Hawai‘i National Park, HI – Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP) was pleased to receive a whopping 178 photographic entries to their first annual “Images From the Edge” photo contest.

On Saturday, April 28, the public is invited to view contestants’ photos in a special multi-image slideshow. The free event starts at 6 p.m. in the park’s Kilauea Visitor Center, with pupus on the lanai. In honor of National Park Week, which runs April 21 to 29, entry to the park is free all week.

“It never ceases to amaze me how many outstanding entries we get from amateur photographers—and these sets of images are at least as good, and in many cases better, than any I have judged,” said contest judge Rick Decker.

“Given the quality of the images and the many faces of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the slideshow will be a real eye-opener for people with respect to the park’s beauty and the wide variety of photo ops in the park,” Decker added. “I think that myself and Alvis Upitis, the other judge, have our work cut out for us.”

Photographers submitted in three levels: amateur-beginner, amateur-advanced, and professional. Photos subjects include everything from native birds to ‘ohelo berries, dramatic landscapes to fiery lavascapes, and of course the eruptive activity at Pu‘u ‘O‘o and Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

The free slideshow is being produced by professional photographer Ken Goodrich of Hawai‘i Photo Retreat.

“Ken’s photo presentations are just wonderful,” FHVNP General Manager Julie Mitchell stated. “He creates a mood with music and the way the images morph one to the next. I know he’ll create a riveting slideshow featuring our contestants’ great photos.”

Immediately following the slideshow, the finalists will be announced during a ceremony with the contest judges.

Later, the finalists’ photographs will be exhibited from June 8-17 at the Volcano Art Center Gallery. Places and awards will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, June 8.

For more information, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 985-7373 or visit

FHVNP appreciates assistance and donations from the following supporters: event co-sponsor Volcano Art Center, judges Rick Decker & Alvis Upitis, Ken & Mary Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, plus Big Island Candies, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Hawaii Forest  & Trail / Kohala Zipline, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, Nui Pohaku Adventure Tours, Volcano Places, and Volcano Video Productions.

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Release Date: April 19, 2012
Media Contact: Julie Mitchell, FHVNP General Manager, (808) 985-7373,