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Entries sought for Scott County Bicentennial Photo and Essay Contest

April 17th, 2014 9:24 am by Katherine Scoggins

Entries sought for Scott County Bicentennial Photo and Essay Contest

The Scott County Horizons Leadership Program is sponsoring a Scott County Bicentennial Photo and Essay Contest. The contest is open to all ages, but limited to residents of Scott County.

Photos taken in Scott County that promote the beauty, history and culture of Scott County through its nature and landmarks are eligible.

"So many of us that have grown up in Scott County or currently live here take the natural beauty of the area for granted," says Kathy Pierson, a participant in the sponsoring organization. "We hope that, through this contest, people will step back and look at all this region has to offer and renew their appreciation of what we have."

Prizes will be awarded in three age groups. Those include: Eighteen and older - a two-night stay at any Virginia State Park; ages 12-17 years of age - a $50 Walmart gift card; and ages 11 and under - a $50 Walmart gift card.

Here are the contest rules.

Entries must have been taken in Scott County, Va., and only 8 x 10 prints - black and white or color - will be judged.

Each entry must include a 25-word typed essay reflecting what the entry says to the entrant about living in Southwest Virginia.

Each entry must be the work of the exhibitor, and only one entry per person. (No photos of individuals or pets, please.)

The name and contact information for each entrant must be on the back of the entry, as well as an envelope containing their essay. 

Photos must be mounted (paper or mat - no glass permitted), and frames are allowed, but frame color is limited to either black or white.

Submissions are to be turned in to the Scott County Tourism Office, 336 Water Street, Gate City, Va., (behind the library), by Friday, April 25, 2014.

Winners will be required to submit a digital copy of the winning entries for possible inclusion in future tourism advertising.

"While we're not exactly sure how these photos will be displayed," says Pierson, "we'd like to have a collection of them, possibly on DVD. We've talked to Mountain Empire Community College about a student possibly taking this on as a special project for their portfolio or resume."

The Scott County Horizons Leadership program, sponsored by the Scott County Chamber of Commerce, is a non-profit program designed to identify and nurture future leaders. The program has the following goals:

* Provide an educational opportunity to identify potential and current leaders to develop leadership skills.

* Educate potential and current leaders as to the many positive aspects of our county, as well as, the aspects of our county that need improvement.

* Increase the pool of volunteers to serve on various commissions, committees, government agencies and other volunteer and community organizations.

* Assist in the enhancement of Scott County's economic development and growth.

* Promote tourism and the preservation of our heritage while maintaining our excellent quality of life.

Currently, Horizons Leadership has eight participants representing state and federal government, Eastman Chemical Company, and a father of five children who is a full-time nursing student at Mountain Empire Community College.

For more information, contact kpierson@mecc.edu or 423-571-4122.

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