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Calling all shutter bugs: Museum opens annual photo contest

Don Meints won first place in the Natural Landscape category during last year's contest with this photo he took at Point Betsie Beach in Maine. Entries are sought this year during April for the contest.

By Zack Steen

Daily Corinthian

Those who enjoy taking photos can snap one for a good cause.

The 18th annual Crossroads Museum Photo Contest Fundraiser is kicking off this month and organizers are hoping shutter bugs do their part to help support the local museum.

The longtime fundraiser has always been a popular one, according to museum Executive Director Brandy Steen.

"We have some wonderful photographers from this area who really love sharing their images with the public," said Steen. "They also love supporting the museum."

Although the museum is shut down in February due to funding issues, Steen said the photo contest will continue as normal.

Entries will be accepted at the museum beginning in April with a entry deadline of April 22 at 4 p.m. Steen said entries can also be mailed to be the museum at 221 N. Fillmore St., Corinth, MS. 38834.

The director said there are no changes in the contest this year and the five divisions of entry include Close-ups (macro or micro, flowers, insect, etc.); People; and Pets/Animals/Wildlife; Natural (sunsets, waterfalls, mountains, beaches, etc.); and Architectural (buildings, bridges, signs, abstract, etc.).

Cost is $10 per entry for the first three entries and $5 for each entry after that.

The Best of Show winner will receive $100. First, second and third place will be awarded in each category. Each first place winner will receive $50. All second place winners get a 2020 entry fee waiver worth $10. A Staff Pick will also be chosen in each category. All winners will be awarded ribbons.

Winners will be announced prior to being displayed, and a opening reception will be held on April 28 at 2 p.m. at the museum. Prizes will also be awarded at the opening.

"The contest is open to everyone," said Steen. "Photos which have been previously published are eligible, however photos that have been a previous museum contest winner are ineligible."

Photos are required to be submitted unframed and unmated as a 8 by 10 or a 8.5 by 11 print. A completed entry form is required for each entry.

All entries will be judged on use of lighting, clarity, composition, expressions, creativity, exposure and color.

A photo may also be moved to a different category as deemed necessary by the museum.

The photo contest has seen the number of entrants hover around the 200 mark each year. The high mark of the event is 217 entrants during the first year of the contest.

All proceeds from the photo contest benefit the operations of the nonprofit museum.

(Photo contest applications can be downloaded at crossroadsmuseum.com. For more information about the contest, contact director@crossroadsmuseum.com.)