Photo contest offers chance to win prizes, have shot in calendar

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By Jeff Moore

I love to shoot photos in my free time. When I went to San Diego last year, I spent a lot of time capturing scenic pictures and touring through the city’s Gas Lamp district to get a few shots of the historic architecture.

We often do that when we travel. And some of us do it here at home. Downtown Carrollton is one of the places I often focus on when the seasons change – when trees bloom or there’s a blanket of snow on the ground, or to capture the interesting architecture in the historic district.

That’s what inspired the Carrollton Main Street Program to join with The News-Democrat and  Carroll County Public Library to sponsor the  “Capture Historic Downtown Carrollton” photography contest.

The contest, to be held in conjunction with the June 3 First Friday on the Courthouse Square, offers $500 in cash prizes. Winners also may have their photos included in the community’s 2012 calendar, to be published by the newspaper later this year.

The contest is open to amateurs and professionals, and there is no age limit. To be eligible, photos must be shot in the downtown historic district – from Seventh Street to the Kentucky River and from Sycamore Street to the Ohio River – between June 1, 2010, and June 3, 2011.

Entries must be received at the tent on Courthouse Square at 3 p.m. before the First Friday event begins June 3. Entries must be at least 8-inches-by-10-inches and framed or dry-mounted. Judging will be at 6 p.m. that day.

There are two categories — color or black and white. Photos will be displayed June 3 during First Friday in tents next to the RiverView Farmer’s Market.

Contest rules require photos be emailed to the Main Street program at mainstreetcarrolltonky@gmail.com. The entry fee is $5 per photo, with no limit on the number of entries.

The prizes in both categories are $125 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third.

Judging will be based on the following criteria: 25 percent on the extent the photo captures the essence of the historic downtown; 50 percent on impact and creativity; and 25 percent for composition, clarity and technical quality.

Complete copies of the rules are available at the Carroll County Extension Office, The News-Democrat, the Carroll County Public Library and the Carrollton Main Street Program office.

Photographers who win or receive an honorable mention will have their photos published in the Carrollton calendar that we will publish and insert into the newspaper in the fall. Photos also may be used by the Main Street Program in its marketing materials and on the organization’s website.

I’ve been out shooting some photos in the downtown area. I hope you will, too. Or just dust off some of those shots you’ve already captured this year.

I know this will be a wonderful display of our community’s beauty. I look forward to seeing the pictures that you bring to First Friday.


Jeff Moore is publisher of The News-Democrat and The Trimble Banner. He resides in Carrollton, Ky. He also serves as president of Carrollton Main Street Program.