By Everett Brazil, III
The Newkirk Herald Journal
NEWKIRK — Avid photographers who have a passion for the Newkirk community have a chance to share that love as the Chamber of Commerce is presenting a photo contest, with winning pictures to be featured in the 2022 calendar.
The contest began July 1, with a photo submission deadline set for Oct. 1. It is open to all ages, as well as those outside the Newkirk community.
“The overall theme is, ‘Life in Newkirk,’” said Chamber President Debbie Leaming.
In keeping with the theme, there are four categories in which to submit.
The first category is, “Newkirk Nature,” which covers scenic images of outdoor Newkirk. “Toast to the Season” covers holiday scenes, as well as seasonal images, such as wintry landscapes or summer fun. “Candid Citizens” focuses on prominent community members. Finally, “Cityscape” will focus on he streets, houses and buildings that make Newkirk unique.
Participants can enter multiple pictures in all categories. Submissions may be made on the Chamber’s Web site, www.Newkirkchamber.com. Photographers will retain all ownership of the original photographs.
“They keep the copy-write of it; we’re just using it to promote actions of the Chamber,” Leaming said.
All selections will be chosen by the a chamber.
“There will be no public voting; the Chamber will decide the winners,” Leaming said.
There will be first, second and third place winners in each category.
First place winners will receive $200 in Chamber Bucks, publication in the calendar, an honorary ride in the Christmas parade, invitation and ticket to the annual banquet, an one-year honorary membership to the Chamber and a copy of the calendar.
Second place winners will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks, an honorary Chamber membership and a calendar.
Third place winners receive $50 in Chamber Bucks and a calendar.
The Chamber hopes to eventually feature the photos on their Web site to help promote the community.
“We hope to have an online gallery so people to see the photos,” Leaming said. “This is a way for out-of-town people to see our town, and people who grew up here, to have a little different perspective.”