Got an email from Jonathan Parker, a park ranger at Lowell National Historical Park and manager of the very first Lowell Photography Contest, a competition designed to celebrate the heritage and visual essence of the city and its national park.
He asked if I could get word about the contest out to our RAW gang. The contest opened Sept. 26 and doesn't close until Jan. 31. You can submit up to 3 photos, digital or film, but they must have been taken from Jan. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, and they must be images of a natural, historical, or cultural subject found anywhere on this official National Historical Park map of Lowell.
Photos that include people require a release.
There are two categories: Teen (ages 12 to 17) and Adult (18 and older). A panel of independent, professional photographers, artists, professors, and/or park staff will judge the photos based on originality, artistic composition, photographic technique, and technical execution. They will choose 10 finalists in each category, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and two honorable mentions. They then will choose an overall Grand Prize winner.
All 20 photos will be exhibited at the park and on the park's website, and all winners will receive a certificate recognizing their work. There are other prizes, too: Passes to National Parks around the country, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lowell park with a park ranger, an invitation to a special photography event at the park, and more.
For an overview of the contest, the complete list of rules, and an entry form, visit the Lowell National Historical Park website. (By the way, this contest does not take your copyright.)
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