Monday, June 13, 2011

Take a Picture, Win a Camera

Click here for Stacy Pearsall's blog about the winners!

(Then, come see the fantastic pictures
on display in the Main library's lobby.)

Here I Am

Where exactly are you this summer? First, think literally. Are you going on a trip? Hanging out at the beach? Where do you wish you were going? Now, think in the abstract. Where are you inside your head? Where do you feel most like you?

Now, pick up a camera to illustrate your idea. Envision lighting, angles, and space. Take the picture. Try again. Perfect it. Then, send us your favorite. You might be one of three lucky winners to receive a brand new Nikon digital camera!

Many thanks to the Charleston Center for Photography, which is sponsoring the contest! Check out the center's site -- the photography will inspire you. (Director Stacy Pearsall served three tours in Iraq until she was wounded and received the Bronze Star Medal and Commendation with Valor for heroic actions under fire.)

If you enter, here's what you could win:

* 1st Place: Nikon Coolpix S8100 camera and a two-hour, one-on-one photography lesson with Stacy.

* 2nd and 3rd Places: Each wins a Nikon Coolpix S6100.

* 2nd and 3rd Places plus 20 Honorable Mentions will get to attend an all-day photo camp at the center in September (date to be announced).

Now, dare yourself to enter. Here are details:

* Pick up an entry form at your favorite CCPL library branch. You must be entering grades 6 to 12.

* Fill out and submit the entry form with the photo you've taken (hand it to a librarian or email it to You can also mail it to the Main library. Be sure to submit it by 8 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2011. No late entries will be included in the judging, no matter how awesome your photo is.

* Don't doctor your photo. No violence, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, or illegal images.

Now, release your imagination. Your picture will be judged on effectiveness in conveying the contest theme as well as originality and creativity. Winners will be notified by Aug. 15, 2011.

While you're mulling ideas, enter CCPL's summer reading program to win even more prizes -- after all, reading enriches your thinking and creativity.

Good luck!

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