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WCI offers online photo, video contest

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What does a shining future for west central Minnesota look like to you?

West Central Initiative (WCI) is interested in finding out.

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The foundation is launching a new juried photo and video contest for both amateur and professional photographers/ videographers. The goal is to find imagery that depicts part of WCI's vision statement: "creating a better tomorrow for west central Minnesota."

The online contest opened Monday, May 3 and runs through Friday, July 16. Twenty-two cash prizes will be awarded in all. Arts professionals from the region will judge the entries. There will also be a People's Choice Award for best video and best photo.

Prizes range from $50 to $300.

Requirements:

•Entries will be accepted online from May 3 through July 16.

•Entrants will submit photographs or videos that best exemplify the theme: "Creating a Better Tomorrow for West Central Minnesota."

•Photos and videos must be shot in the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse or Wilkin.

•Each entry must include an approximately 100-word essay (entered in the description box) on why it depicts the theme. Any entry without an essay will not be accepted.

•Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

•Each photo or video will be entered in one of two categories, amateur and professional. Professionals are considered those who earn part of their income from photography or videography. The amateur category is essentially open for every one.

•Up to six photos/videos per person can be entered.

•You must obtain permission from your subjects to enter their photo/video. A parental release form is required for all children younger than 18. Download release forms at http://www.wcif.org/?photovideocontest.

•All entries are considered the entrant's property but by submitting them, West Central Initiative will have unlimited use for its promotional materials (print and electronic).

•WCI staff and board and immediate family members are not eligible to enter the contest.

For more information, visit http://contest.wcif.org or call Kim Embretson or Sheri Booms Holm at 1-800-735-2239.

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