Can you imagine a photograph you took hanging in a museum? It could be more likely than you think.
The Columbus Museum is hosting a “Now and Then” photography contest for the entire community. There’s no cost to participate, and it could end with your photo being one of 20 selected for framing and display in a temporary collection at the museum.
The rules are simple. Browse the historic pictures online at www.columbusmuseum.com/exhibitions/nowandthen/photocontest. Then grab your camera and head out into the tricommunity, using one of the photos as your inspiration for a more modern version.
Upload your photo to the museum’s Flickr page at www.flickr.com/groups/columbusphotocontest. The deadline is Jan. 31, and the 20 winning photos will be on display March 19 to Aug. 21. It’s that easy.
Strategy for success Now, here’s how you win. Improve your odds by submitting the maximum number of photos: three. Submissions are judged on creativity, composition and technical quality, so keep that in mind while you’re shooting.
Consider the historic photo you’re basing your present-day adaptation on. How can you best reflect what’s happening in that image? Subject matters range from military life on Fort Benning to business in downtown Columbus. Use what speaks to you and it will come across in your photography.
If you’re chosen as one of the 20 semifinalists, you’ll be asked to provide a brief written statement connecting the historic work with your own. Here’s your chance to shine — inspire the judges with what inspired you.
The statements will be placed next to the framed photos. The top three winners will be announced at an opening reception March 24.
Technical details To upload your photo, you’ll need to join the Flickr page. To be considered for the contest, you must tag your photos “now and then” and include the title of the historic photo that inspired you.
Photos should be the highest resolution possible — at least 300 dpi. They can be color or black and white.
Any picture you submit is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution License. You retain rights to the photo, but the museum is authorized to use it for educational, promotional and similar purposes in perpetuity.
You’ll also need signed release forms from anyone whose face is visible in the picture. A copy is available at www.columbusmuseum.com/communityphotocontest/index.html.
The contest is open to all photographers, age 19 and older.
For more information, call 706-748-2562, ext. 540, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.