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People, Culture & Food Photography at OysterFest

Why OysterFest?

Inspiration for this event comes from my love of different cultures and discovering the ways people live throughout the world. Rural Western Washington is a unique and beautiful place where people are tied to the land and the water. Throughout American history, people have made play of their work and celebrated their way of life through fairs such as OysterFest. This event is the stuff travel photography is about. I am excited to have PhotoExplorers be part of it.

Who wants to come take gorgeous photos of food and culture, eat a whole lot of oysters, drink wine or beer and generally have a blast? 

Interested? Email me from this Meetup for more info. ~Dianne   

OysterFest is a bit of Americana that celebrates the tradition of oyster production in the Pacific Northwest.

Our PhotoExplorers group has been invited to photograph the event on October 6th. OysterFest is the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and we will be there for the presentation competition. Expect opportunities for environment portraits, action and beautiful food presentation. We will be focusing on the oyster shucking contests, but there are many other competitions and activities going on all day including wine tasting, beer garden and many different foods.

Curious but you have questions? Send me email.

What to bring

•  Bring your camera and lenses, extra batteries and memory cards

• Business cards with contact info or download location for photos

• Dress for the weather (including rain coat, or warm jacket and appropriate shoes.) - Check the Shelton area forecast 

• Plan transportation (Options: Drive via I-5 to Olympia and out to Shelton - or - (check the Washington State Ferry Schedule.) Leave Early!

Food and Lodging

You must arrange and pay for food and lodging. I recommend that you make hotel reservations as soon as possible if you plan to stay over.

Releases and Photo Credit

PhotoExplorers will be the guests of OysterFest. In return, they ask that each photographer shares some photographs with rights to use them for promoting the event online or in print. Photographers will sign releases giving these rights to OysterFest. If you wish to be given photography credit make sure to put a small discretely placed watermark on each photograph.

OysterFest is a non-commercial event supporting about 100 local non-profit service clubs and organizations, as well as funding scholarships and local community improvement projects. For many groups this is their primary source of funding for the year.

OysterFest Information

West Coast Speed and Half Shell Oyster Shucking Competition

Food and Beverages

OysterFest on Facebook

Photography Competition

OysterFest has an art and photography competition. If you have display ready photographs, this is another way you can participate. Entry information is on the website at

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  • Dianne B.

    Fun! Good chance to do travel photography and contribute to literacy projects in Mason County all at once.

    October 7, 2013

    • dominic g.

      Will you be posting some shots somewhere online?

      1 · October 8, 2013

    • Dianne B.

      Just saw this. Yes. Thanks for the reminder. I'll put some up on this Meetup.

      October 12, 2013

  • dominic g.

    Would love to go just to check it out, Dianne, but prior commitment. Looks like you and Steve will have fun :-)

    1 · October 1, 2013

    • Dianne B.

      Thanks for letting me know Dominic. I think it's going to be a blast! Looking forward to seeing you soon, maybe Chance? Also, Nyema is putting together a Model Moment at the end of October. I will post it in the next few days. :-)

      October 1, 2013

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