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West Overton turns focus on photo contest

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:05 p.m.

Whether it be a great shot of the wonderful gardens or a creative picture of the stock barn, the West Overton Village and Museums offers any photographer a vast array of artist choices on and around the grounds.

With this in mind, the facility is hosting its first photography contest, opening up the grounds to photographers from the area to come and shoot anything from the grounds to the interiors of the buildings.

“There is so much here to photograph,” said Jessica Kadie-Barclay, West Overton Village and Museums managing director.

“They can take pictures of anything they like, from the outside to the insides of the homestead or other buildings.”

The contest is separated into two categories, interior and exterior, and each category will be awarded three top prizes.

Photos must be digital and no black and white photographs will be accepted.

Registration forms are available and each form may have one photo attached, however any photographer can enter as many photographs as they like.

Once the photographs are turned in to the contest, they become property of West Overton and may be used for promotional purposes and advertising.

“We are thinking of possibly using some of the photographs for things such as our brochures and to put on our website,” Kadie-Barclay said.

Susan McCarthy, West Overton public relations director, said this contest is a great opportunity for the public to help them showcase the facility and all of its natural beauty and interesting amenities.

“There is a lot of beauty here at West Overton,” McCarthy said. “This is the perfect way for photographers to come and see what is here in their own backyard.”

The contest is planned to become an annual event, welcoming photographers year after year to see the facility through the eyes of their camera.

“I think that this will be exciting,” said Brian Corcoran, president of the West Overton Museums board of directors of the contest. “We see West Overton all the time, but I am looking forward to seeing it through someone else's eyes to see it through fresh eyes. I think it will be interesting.”

The contest will run now through Aug. 31 and a reception will be held in September to recognize and announce the winners.

Photographers can pick up entry forms at the museum or by visiting the website at

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.