‘Walker 24/7’ photo contest begins today
by Jennifer Cohron
Oct 21, 2012 | 2370 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker Area Community Foundation is sponsoring its inaugural photography contest this week.

“Walker 24/7” began at midnight and continues through midnight on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Amateur photographers are invited to document all aspects of their lives for the next seven days. Acceptable subjects include but are not limited to family, church, school, work, sports, business, nature, landmarks and special events.

“We’re not looking for Ansel Adams. We’re looking for everyday life,” said Pat Nelson, a local attorney whose award-winning photos were on display at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center earlier this year.

Nelson said the contest was inspired by a series of books titled “A Day in the Life.”

For “A Day in the Life of America,” 200 photojournalists set out across the country to capture a single day in May 1986.

Organizers of the local contest felt that a week was necessary to capture all of the moments they hoped to preserve from life in Walker County.

“We want it to be a historical record for years to come,” Nelson said.

Nelson added that 30 staff photographers have been asked to participate in the project so that all areas of interest will be documented. However, they are not eligible to enter the contest.

Contestants may submit up to 10 photos for “Walker 24/7.” Categories have been established for adults, students and photographs taken on cell phones.

Submissions must be delivered or mailed to WACF by 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

Each photograph must be accompanied by an official submission form. Contestants are also required to submit either a 4x6 or 5x7 printed copy of each photo they are entering as well as a CD/DVD that contains all of the photos in digital format.

According to the contest rules, the photographs must be taken this week, may be either color or black and white and cannot be cropped.

The winners will be announced in January. Their photographs, as well as other selected entries and staff photographs, will become part of the Bankhead House and Heritage Center’s first exhibit of 2013.

Cash prizes ranging from $25 to $100 will be awarded, and the grand prize winner will receive a Nikon D5100 SLR Camera Outfit with lens.

Nelson said photos submitted for “Walker 24/7” may also become part of a book of the same name to be released by WACF in the future.

For other contest rules or questions, call WACF at 302-0001.