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Shutterbugs wanted: Museum photo contest returns
by Zack Steen
Aug 14, 2017 | 4025 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lights, camera, action.

The Crossroads Museum recently announced the return of its long running Photo Contest fundraiser which will celebrate its 16th birthday this year.

“It’s time again for one of our favorite fundraisers,” said Crossroads Museum Executive Board President Cathy Wood. “The contest gives local shutterbugs an opportunity to show off their best photos, support the museum and possibly win some cash prizes.”

The contest features five divisions – Close-ups (macro or micro, flowers, insect, etc.); People; Pets/Animals/Wildlife; Still Life (landscapes, sunsets, waterfalls, buildings, etc.) and Vacations.

Organizers removed only one category this year, Hometown Teams. The sports themed category was a tie-in with the Smithsonian sports exhibit the museum hosted last winter.

Wood said those who had sports related photos to enter this year should select People as the category.

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

The Best of Show winner will receive $150. First, second and third place will be awarded in each category. Each first place winner will receive $50. All second place winners get a 2018 entry fee waiver worth $10. All winners will be awarded ribbons.

Entries will be displayed during the Alcorn County Fair inside the Crossroads Arena on Sept. 14-16 and from Sept. 24 through Nov. 5 at the Crossroads Museum.

Deadline to enter is Sept. 11 by 4 p.m. at the museum.

Winners will be announced prior to being displayed, and a opening reception will be held on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at the museum. Prizes will also be awarded at the opening.

“The contest is open to everyone,” said Wood. “Photos which have been previously published are also eligible.”

Photos that have been a previous contest winner are ineligible.

Photos are required to be submitted unframed and unmated as a 8x10 or a 8.5x11 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 picked up at the museum at 221 North Fillmore Street in Corinth. Application are also assessable at crossroadsmuseum.com. For more information about the contest, contact 662-287-3120 or director@crossroadsmuseum.com.)
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