Entries now being accepted for Pride in Manchester photo contest

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Wed., Nov. 14, 2012
The winner of last season's photo contest features the Manchester Town Hall at night, by Richard Sylvester. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Pride in Manchester Week Committee has announced that it is now accepting entries for its third annual photo contest. “It's a way of giving people an opportunity to get involved and use their talents to showcase what they like about the town,” said Joyce Hodgson, chair of the Pride in Manchester Week Committee. Photos should be set in Manchester and depict what the photographer is proud of in town.

Photographers from a variety of backgrounds have submitted to the contest, from those with deep roots in the community to those new to Manchester. Photographers have included people from Police Chief Marc Montminy, to an 8-year-old boy, Robby McAvoy, who had a specific vision of what he was proud of about Manchester: Mary Cheney Library and the police.

“He sat on Main Street, in front of Corey's Catsup & Mustard, and he waited, and he waited, and he waited, until he saw a police cruiser come up the street. He focused on the library, and as soon as the cruiser came by, he shot the picture,” said Hodgson. The photo was placed among the top 10 winners of the 2011 contest.

The 2012 winner, Richard Sylvester, is a long-time photographer and a member of the Manchester Art Association. The 2011 winner, Kathleen Wilkie, was new to photography when she submitted her works. “They were amazing,” said Hodgson.

What does the committee look for in a winning photo? “Something easily identifiable to Manchester,” said Hodgson. Photos need to be iconic and unmistakably set in Manchester. While consideration is given to composition, it is the subject of the photo that will move the judges.

Photos will be displayed throughout the Main Street area during Pride in Manchester Week, which is June 1 to June 8, and the winner will be announced during the Heritage Day ceremony at Cheney Hall on Saturday, June 8.

“We're starting the contest a little earlier because we want to give people time to take pictures during the holidays,” said Hodgson. Christmas is just around the corner, as is one of the town's most photogenic events of the year, the Manchester Road Race, held every Thanksgiving.

You do not need to be a resident of Manchester to submit. Submissions should be 8 x 10 matted photos with a $10 fee. Each submission must include an entry form, available at Town Hall Customer Service or by sending a form request to Hodgson at jhodgson54@aol.com.

“It's been fun to see what people are proud of,” said Hodgson. “That's basically the reason why we started the contest.”

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