Taylor County Photography Club now taking entries for Memorial Day Photo Contest

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GRAFTON—Calling all photographers! The Taylor County Photography Club (TCPC) is looking for individuals to join in on their annual Memorial Day Photo Contest.

“The photography contest is a great way to get your work exposed to people,” shared Taylor County Photography Club President Joe Hildreth. “The prints are displayed at the International Mother’s Day Shrine during the annual Spirit of Grafton Celebration, which draws in a lot of foot traffic.”

The Photography Club is currently accepting entries into this year’s competition. Entry forms can be picked up at various locations including Grafton Walgreens located at 38 Victory Ave., Grafton, Artworks located at 601 S. Virginia Ave, Bridgeport and at Superior Photo located at 641 E. Brockway Ave., Morgantown.

Applications can also be picked up at Grafton City Hall, the Mountain Statesman office, as well as downloaded from the club’s Facebook page at, www.facebook.com/groups/131985966875760, or the club’s blog at www.facebook.com/groups/tcpcblog.

All entries must be submitted by Friday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. Applications may be dropped off at any of the pickup locations, or mailed to the Taylor County Photography Club at P.O. Box 613, Grafton, WV 26354. Mail-in entries must include return postage and an address label.

All prints must be submitted in a reusable container, suitable for returning prints to the participants. The prints must include applicant’s name, address and phone number, along with the total number of prints entered.

The pickup location must be noted on the outside of the container, and an envelope containing the entry form and fees must being included inside.

“We sometimes have people who want to submit their photos from other contests. This year, if they are submitting prints to the Strawberry Festival Photo Contest, they can mail their entry form and fee to the club,” said Hildreth. “The entries will be picked up from the Strawberry Club Contest on Sunday, May 21.”

All entries must be the original work of the applicant. They must be matted or mounted. Each print must be at least an 8x10, and can be no larger than 14x18. According to Hildreth, photos that have won cash awards in previous Memorial Day Photo Contests are not permitted to be judged again.

“In addition, we will not judge any prints that have watermarks, or a name or logo, on them. All photos must be free of any identifying marks for judging purposes,” explained Hildreth.

The contest is open to youths and adults alike, who are amateurs, meaning the individual makes less than 50 percent of their income from photography. The cost for adults is $5 per print, while children’s prints cost $2.50 each. Children may enter the adult categories by paying the adult registration fee.

Applicants can pay by check or money order, made out to the Taylor County Photography Club.

The contest will boast numerous categories, and the top three winners in each category will receive a ribbon and a monetary prize.

“We try to offer a lot of different categories for people to enter,” explained Hildreth. “Right now we have the youth category for children, and adults can enter prints into the Memorial Day/Patriotic, Nature, Monochrome/Black and White, as well as Scapes, which includes cityscapes, landscapes, nightscapes and snowscapes, along with our General category.”

According to Hildreth, TCPC’s goal is to not only educate individuals on proper photography techniques, but to help inspire and celebrate photographers of every age.

The Taylor County Photography Club meets every third Thursday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., in the Grafton City Council Chambers, and is always looking for new members. For more information on the club, please visit their TCPCBLOG on Facebook.

“We are excited to see what this year’s contest will bring, and we look forward to seeing all of our submissions,” expressed Hildreth.

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