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Second Quarter Picture Switzerland County Photo Contest Entries Sought

Switzerland County Tourism is accepting entries for the second quarter of its Picture Switzerland County 2009 Photography Contest. The deadline is March 11 at 5:00 pm. A minimum of $2400 in cash prizes will be awarded throughout the contest, which includes a $1000 Grand Prize award.  

The First Place winner of the First Quarter was Barry Hovland of Cincinnati with his entry “Early Morning County Road.” Other winning entries were from Indiana photographers in Bennington, Florence, Vevay, Daleville and Madison. All winners will receive cash awards and are eligible for the $1000 Grand Prize to be awarded in September 2009.

The Picture Switzerland County 2009 contest is open to any amateur or professional photographer of any age.You need not be a resident of Switzerland County to enter, but entries must have been photographed inside the Switzerland County limits within the last two years. Out-of-county and out-of-state photographers are invited to participate, and are encouraged to visit the Switzerland Country Visitors Center for area maps.

Entries should convey the spirit and beauty of the people, landscape, architecture, wildlife and events that make Switzerland County a vibrant and wonderful place to experience, live, work, play and shop. Entries can depict a specific season, Switzerland County event, local landmarks and architecture, barns, people working or playing in Switzerland County, nature shots, sunsets, etc. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted and there is no charge to enter. Color, black & white and sepia entries will be accepted.

The contest is set up with quarterly deadlines including March 11, June 10, and September. Each quarterly contest will have one $200 First Place, one $100 Second and one $50 Third Place award. A grand prize award of $1000 will be given at the close of the contest to one entry selected from all four quarters. Additional winners may be selected at the judge’s discretion. Quarterly winners will be on display during Vevay Main Street’s First Friday event following judging.

Entries should be dropped off or mailed to the Switzerland County Visitors Center on or before all posted deadlines. All winning photographs become the property of Switzerland County Tourism that will assume ownership to the photographer’s copyright.

For more information, a prospectus with a complete set of contest rules, entry forms, deadlines and opening reception dates is available at area outlets and the Switzerland County Visitors Center located at 128 West Main Street in downtown Vevay. To receive one by mail or e-mail, telephone the Visitors Center at 812-427-3237 or e-mail Additional questions can be directed to the Center.

 “Early Morning County Road” by Barry Hovland of Cincinnati was the First Place Winner in the first installment of the Picture Switzerland County 2009 Quarterly Photography Contest. Hovland received $200 and a chance at the $1000 Grand Prize award that will be given in Sept. 2009. Entries are now being sought for the March 11 second quarter Picture Switzerland County deadline. Submitted photo.

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Written by : I have been with Switzerland County Tourism in Vevay, IN, since May 2008 as the Public Relations/Grant Administrator- Financials will be added to that title soon as well. I also photograph and maintain the Switzerland County Tourism Flickr Site. I have a varied background, having worked in Public/Media Relations with a large non-profit in Panama City, FL, banking, store management and advertising. I have also freelanced in photography and writing for newspapers and non-profits. Originally from Pittsburgh, I resided in Florida for 21 years before moving to Kentucky several years ago. It was there that I met and married my husband from Dillsboro, IN. I have two teenage step-daughters.