Cherokee Preservation Foundation has announced it is sponsoring a community photo contest in connection with its 10th Anniversary Celebration. The contest is open to people who live on the Qualla Boundary or in Haywood, Swain, Graham, Jackson, Cherokee, Macon and Clay counties. Photos must relate to at least one of the Foundation’s three areas of focus: cultural preservation, economic development and environmental preservation in westernmost North Carolina.
Photos must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, July 27, and winners will be announced at a public reception and exhibition of entered photographs at Qualla Arts & Crafts in Cherokee on Thursday, Aug. 23.
The contest has adult and youth (16 years old and younger) age categories. In the Adult age category, winners will be selected for first prize ($500), second prize ($300) and third prize ($200), and the judges shall have the discretion to select honorable mentions ($100). In the Youth age category (16 years old or younger), judges will award a first prize ($200) and they shall have the discretion to select honorable mentions ($50).
Information about the contest, including entry forms for adult and youth participants and Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines, is available on the Foundation’s web site at www.cpfdn.org/contest. If prospective contestants still have questions after looking at the web site, they are encouraged to email them to CPFcontest@gmail.com.
“So many of the activities Cherokee Preservation Foundation supports are photogenic and since our grantees are doing exciting things not only on the Qualla Boundary but also in the surrounding seven counties, we decided a regional photo contest is a perfect way to capture all kinds of exciting progress that is being made,” said Susan Jenkins, executive director of Cherokee Preservation Foundation. “Avid photographers — be they professional or amateur – can capture all kinds of images about the teaching and preserving of Cherokee culture. Or they can choose to highlight cultural tourism in the region and other types of work regional residents do that is diversifying and strengthening the region’s economy. Or photographers that like to focus on the environment can find subjects that relate to actions being taken to sustain our land, water and air for the benefit of generations to come.”
– Cherokee Preservation Foundation