Oswego County Tourism Office to hold photo contest

Photographers and outdoor lovers can have their photos featured in the next Oswego County Visitor Guide, which is due out this summer.

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning is sponsoring a photo contest for the visitor guide, which will be distributed at trade and travel shows, travel information centers, festivals, events, and businesses over the next two years.

“We’re looking for photos that capture the beauty of Oswego County — our sunsets, history, outdoor recreation, businesses and attractions,” said David Turner, department director. “We want prospective visitors to see photos of people experiencing and enjoying the many great qualities of Oswego County.”

Members of the tourism staff will judge the contest. Photos should be in one of the following categories: history; animals and agriculture; art, music and theater; family fun (including festivals, events, golf, bowling, racetracks, etc); fishing and hunting; more fun in the outdoors (parks, beaches, trails, boating, hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, camping, etc); accommodations (hotels, motels, lodges and b and b’s); dining and restaurants; shopping, flea markets and antiques; and weddings. Tourism-related businesses are encouraged to submit photos of their properties.

All winners will receive a prize and all submitted photos will be featured on the Oswego County Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/visitoswegocounty.

Businesses and attractions who receive first prize in their category will receive a $200 advertising credit, equivalent to the size of a 1/8-page advertisement, in the visitor guide.

The contest is open to residents and non-residents, as long as the photos are taken in Oswego County within the past three years. Each person can submit up to five photos, in color or black and white. Only digital photos will be accepted. Photos must be a minimum of 300 dpi and at least 5 by 7 inches in size.

The deadline for the photo contest is 5 p.m. Friday, May 17. Winners will be notified shortly after.

Those seeking complete rules and entry forms may call the Tourism Office at 349-8322 or visit www.visitoswegocounty.com.

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