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2013 Summer Photo Essay Contest
Eden Prairie Library
Kids & Teens in Grades 4-12 Invited!

The Friends of the Eden Prairie Library invite kids and teens entering grades 4-12 to participate in the 2013 Summer Photo Essay Contest. The contest runs June 9-August 1 and there are three divisions: grades 4-6, 7 & 8, and 9-12.
Take a Picture and Tell Us a Story!

Pictures and words tell stories and we want you to tell us your summer story.  We’re asking young photographers, amateurs only please, to showcase their original photographs and accompanying short essays. The entries should provoke thoughts about what summer means to you. Each entry will include two parts: a photo and a short essay of 150 to 250 words.
Win Prizes!

One winner in each division will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Two runners-up in each division will receive $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards. Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Eden Prairie Library.


Students entering grades 4-12 in the 2013-2014 school year are eligible to enter. Amateur photographers only, please.
Submit your entry via e-mail to edenprairielibrarycontest@gmail.com. Include SUMMER PHOTO ESSAY CONTEST in the subject line. The body of the e-mail must include your name, age, grade, address, phone number, and title of your image. Include the essay (150-250 words) as text in the body of the e-mail. Save your photo in JPG (high quality) format and send as an attachment with the essay submission.  Limit of one entry per person please. Only electronic submissions are eligible.

Photo essays will be displayed in the library and may be featured on our website, social media accounts and community publications.  For this reason, a Hennepin County Release of Liability for Display form must be signed and submitted by each contest participant. The form is available at the Summer Photo Essay Contest link on the Eden Prairie Library home page or at the Information Desk. The signed release is accepted via e-mail as a scanned attachment with the photo essay submission, or in person at the Eden Prairie Library Information Desk. Entries without release forms will not be displayed.

Entries and photo release forms are accepted between Sunday, June 9 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Late submissions will not be accepted or considered for prizes.

Entries will be judged on visual impact, technical aspects, adherence to theme, essay quality, and the ability for the viewer to understand the story you are telling. Photos featuring inappropriate content will not be considered. If for any reason the contest is unable to proceed as planned, the Friends reserve the right to cancel or modify the contest. 

One winner in each division will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Two runners-up in each division will receive $25 gift cards from Barnes & Noble. All winners will also receive certificates of recognition from the Friends of the Eden Prairie Library. Winners will be notified by mid-August.

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