NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A reception for the opening of the "All Things Nacogdoches" photo exhibition is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Sponsored by the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, the exhibition will feature the winning entries from a photo contest designed to highlight a variety of themes that showcase Nacogdoches, according to the entry application.

The exhibition will include the best submitted photos taken of Nacogdoches nature, culture and food, best photos taken with a mobile phone or tablet, best photos captured by someone 21 and younger, best photos of action or adventure moments, and photos that show "what Nacogdoches represents to you." The CVB accepted entries Sept. 7 through Nov. 7.

Winners in the juried competition will be announced at the reception, and cash prizes will be awarded. The exhibition will show through Jan. 14 in the Reception Gallery. Admission is free.

"The photo contest is a great opportunity for the CVB to partner with the Cole Art Center, to feature local talent and to build upon the CVB's library of images that will be used to showcase our destination as a film friendly city, and for other promotional purposes such as the CVB's website and social media, just to name a few," said Sherri Skeeters, marketing director for the Nacogdoches CVB.

The Cole Art Center is Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art's historic gallery at 329 E. Main St.

For more information, visit or contact the CVB at (936) 564-7351. Contact Cole Art Center at (936) 468-1131.