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‘Celebrate Ottawa’ photo contest extended

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 10/4/2013

Ottawa shutterbugs still have time to submit images of their favorite place or activity in the city’s annual photo contest.

The city has extended the contest deadline to 1 p.m. Oct. 11, according to a city news release. Twenty entries have been submitted thus far, city officials announced earlier this week.

Ottawa shutterbugs still have time to submit images of their favorite place or activity in the city’s annual photo contest.

The city has extended the contest deadline to 1 p.m. Oct. 11, according to a city news release. Twenty entries have been submitted thus far, city officials announced earlier this week.

The “Celebrate Ottawa” photo contest includes three categories — outdoor spaces, community events and buildings. Examples of outdoor spaces could include trees, flowers, parks, statues and other natural scenes, according to the release. Examples listed for community events include such activities as local car and tractor shows, county fair, parades, sporting events and other public gatherings. Photographs of the county courthouse, churches, downtown Ottawa, houses and neighborhoods would be examples for the buildings category, the release said.

The competition is divided into two age groups — 18 years old and younger and 19 years old and older. A winner will be selected in each category for the two age groups, with one overall winner per age group. The winners are to be recognized by the Ottawa City Commission. The overall winner in the 18 and younger category will receive $50, while the overall winner in the older age group will earn $75.

In addition, Sara Caylor, Ottawa mayor, will award $50 in Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Bucks for her favorite entry.

Photos will be judged on composition, story-telling ability and quality, according to contest rules.

“The best photos will be ones where the community’s personality and character can be clearly seen,” the release said.

The contest takes place each October in conjunction with the American Planning Association’s National Community Planning Month.

For more information go to the city’s planning department on the second floor of City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, or check out the contest guidelines online at www.ottawaks.gov

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