Alicia, a model, supports herself on the pools edge, the light from her iPhone illuminating her face against the green glow of the underwater lights and the dark of night. Shes probably still so absorbed in Steve Jobs latest must-have that she doesnt realize the photo shes in may have won Evan Baden a cash prize. Baden is one of almost 500 photographers across the country who submitted photos to the Photographic Center Northwests annual competition and show, Please Ring Bell (through Aug. 28). Juror Rod Slemmons, director of Chicagos Museum of Contemporary Photography, has narrowed a field of more than 2,500 shots to include work from Baden and 24 other photographers. And while Slemmons gets the final say on who wins the big bucks (enough for a new lens!), its only American tradition to question officials calls. Come on, it shouldve been Rachel Papos Ilya Backstage! Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave., 720-7222, www.pcnw.org. Free. 9 a.m.9:30 p.m.
July 21-Aug. 28, 9 a.m., 2008