IUKA — Tishomingo County resident Opal Lovelace is back at it again.
The photographer is reviving her photo contest. After several years dormant, it will help raise funds for the nonprofit group, the Historians of Tishomingo County.
With entries now being accepted, Lovelace is encouraging everyone to enter.
“There are really no restrictions to enter this contest,” she said. “Anyone from anywhere can enter and the photo could have been taken anywhere. It’s really limitless. To us, participation is most important.”
Entry fee is $5 per photo, with 15 different categories to choose from. The categories include people, wildlife, pets, landscape, sports, Eagles, landmarks, engines (automobiles, trains, planes), sunrise/sunsets, architectural, old photo (50 years or older), Civil War, Native American, water (boats, fishing) and abstract. All entries must be 8x10 prints.
“Pets always seem to be our most popular category,” said Lovelace. “We open it up to anything. The photo doesn’t have to be a picture of a dog or cat -- whatever someone considers a pet is good with us.”
Lovelace said all photos will be judged fairly.
“We try to consider that not everyone is a professional photographer,” she said. “It’s okay to enter this contest if a person just started to shoot. If a photo isn’t in focus or the lighting isn’t just right, it doesn’t matter. The judges will fairly consider all photos.”
Deadline for entry is September 1.
An overall winner will be named and will receive $100 and a plaque. Ribbons and certificates will also be given for honorable mentions.
Lovelace said proceeds from the contest will benefit the newly formed historians group and their plans to create and publish a new Tishomingo County family history book.
“The group hopes to help protect the rich history of our area through projects like the new photo book,” she said. “It’s been more than 20 years since a history book was published and so many people in Tishomingo County have been asking for new one to be done.”
The coffee table book will feature history and photos of Tishomingo County families and the town.
Lovelace previously hosted a photo contest fundraiser in 2011-2013 with funds benefiting the county and the Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society’s Old Courthouse Museum.