Photographers invited to compete in Franklin County Photo Contest

Staff report

Calling all amateur photographers: The Franklin County commissioners invite you to showcase your talent and creativity through images that show what you love about the county, its people and its culture.

Entries submitted to the Franklin County Photo Contest will be used across a variety of mediums to tell the story of the county.

Festival scenes like this one, at Old Market Day in Chambersburg on July 16, 2022, are common around Franklin County in the spring, summer and fall.

Photos can be submitted in the following categories:

  • Scenic/landscapes
  • Nature (plants, wildlife, the seasons)
  • Franklin County towns and communities (cityscapes, architecture, neighborhoods)
  • Agriculture (farms, barns, livestock, produce, orchards, farmers' markets)
  • Festivals and events
  • Business, industry and commerce
  • Religious and educational institutions (churches, schools, universities)
  • Food (restaurants, ice cream stands, etc.)
  • Arts, culture, historic sites and local attractions
  • Recreation
  • Housing and real estate
  • Health care and human services
  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Aerial/drone shots

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Photos:Crowds gathered in Downtown Chambersburg Saturday for Old Market Day

A first-place prize will be awarded for each category. Prizes will also be awarded for one first-, second- and third-place overall winner. Winners will be announced and recognized publicly through social media, news releases, the county website, etc.

Only photos taken in Franklin County will be accepted, with the exception of those taken in Shippensburg Borough, on the Shippensburg University campus, at Cowans Gap State Park, and at Caledonia State Park and Long Pine Reservoir. Some of those locations are only partly in the county, or immediately adjacent.

Photos must have been taken recently, no earlier than Jan. 1, 2019.

The contest is open only to amateur photographers, or photographers who earn less than 50% of their annual income through photography. Employees of Franklin County are also ineligible; however, they may submit images to the separate, employee-only contest.

For a contest entry form and a full list of rules and guidelines, go to https://franklincountypa.gov/index.php?section=commissioners_communications_photo_contest.

Photographers can send photos, along with an official photo contest entry form, by emailing photocontest@franklincountypa.gov until Dec. 30. There is no fee to participate. 

For more information, Franklin County Communications Coordinator Sheena Baker at sebaker@franklincountypa.gov, or call 717-267-4371.

Editor's note: This story was updated at 11:09 a.m. July 25, 2022, to correct the web link to the contest entry form, rules and guidelines. The Public Opinion apologizes for the mistake.