Aug 222012

A Route 66 photo contest at this year’s Cuba Fest could land kids some cold, hard cash.

The photo competition, sponsored by the Viva Cuba organization, has cash prizes for first, second, and third places in two separate categories. The awards will be $75, $50, and $25, respectively.

The contest is open to young photographers living in the Crawford County (Cuba) R-2 School District. Category 1 is for kids ages 9-13 and Category 2 is open to older kids in the 14-18 age range. Three local judges will choose the winners at Cuba Fest, to be held October 20-21 on Smith Street in the Historic Business District.

According to the rules of the “Picture This on Route 66” contest, photographs must be taken along Route 66 in the area in or around Cuba. Photos may be taken anywhere on Route 66 from Skippy’s Restaurant in Leasburg to the Route 66 Outpost in Fanning.

Photographers are to use standard 4H guidelines for mounting: Use a single photo print no smaller than 4×6 inches and no larger than 8×10 inches mounted on an 8×10 white poster board or matte board. Alternatively, students can create a photo story or collage with no more than four photos mounted to a single 8×10 matte board.

Only one official entry may be submitted per contestant.

Photos are not to be altered in any way to change their contents through Photoshop or other photo manipulation programs. Special filters or High Definition Range photo treatments are prohibited. The idea is to put emphasis on the quality of the photo composition, printing, and subject matter, not digital manipulation or gimmicks.

Submissions may be either in color or black and white. Permitted enhancements include cropping, sharpening, adjusting brightness and contrast levels, and making red eye corrections.

Entries will be on display at Cuba Fest and must be turned in by October 1 at the Highway 19 branch of Peoples Bank. For more information, contact Judy Workman at 573-885-2775.

Deadline for entries is October 1

Written by Chris Case – Three Rivers Publishing

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