Deadline Extended - Fourth Annual Historic Photo Contest

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The deadline for the photo contest has been extended to April 18, 2018.

The Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) is sponsoring a Historic Photo Contest in honor of Historic Preservation Month, May 2018. The Commission is looking for photos highlighting Salem’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, and places that matter to Salem residents. This contest is for amateur and professional photographers of all ages. We encourage the youth of our community to participate, and an age group of 18 years and under has been established.

This year’s contest consists of three categories:

  • Best Historic Building
  • Best Historic Neighborhood
  • Best Historic Place

Photos submitted by youths​—ages 18 and under​—will be judged separately from those submitted by adults. A youth and an adult winner will be selected for each category. Prizes for the top entries and an honorable mention will be awarded in each category. In addition, one Chairman’s Choice Award will be given.

The HLC will vote on the winning submissions at its April 19, 2018, meeting. Contest winners will be recognized at the May 17, 2018, meeting. All photos will be exhibited at the Oregon State Capitol May 14–31, 2018.

Submissions will be updated weekly on the City’s Facebook page beginning March 2018 in the 2018 Historic Photo Contest album.

Contest guidelines

  • You are allowed one photo per category highlighting your favorite historic buildings, places, and neighborhoods.
  • A completed photo release form must be included with all submissions.
  • All submissions are due by April 18, 2018.
  • Photo submissions:
    • Submit two image files. Add the text “THIS PLACE MATTERS” to one of the image files
    • Each file must be either a .jpg or .tiff image taken with a resolution of 8 megapixels or higher
    • Include the category
    • Save the file with your name, a title describing the image, and the category. Example: firstname-lastname-jason-lee-house-neighborhood.jpg
  • Submissions should be sent electronically, by mail, or in person to:

Judging criteria

Contest submissions will be scored in the following areas:

  • Special techniques such as multiple exposures, sandwiching, panning, or cross-processing
  • Composition including image balance, center of interest, framing, and distracting elements
  • Lighting including appropriate contrast levels and how well the subject is shown
  • Subject/interest including use of textures, colors, patterns, and juxtapositions
  • Originality includes the choice of subject or the approach to a standard subject
  • Story/mood is how well the submission captures the concept of “This Place Matters” or how effectively the submission conveys the importance of Salem’s history.

Note: Contest information was updated on February 2. Submission instructions mistakenly included instructions for video files; there is no video category this year.

​2017 awards

Court and Chemeketa pedestrian bridge
Best historic neighborhood

© 2017 Sarah Rohrs

Union Street Railroad Bridge
Best historic place

© 2017 Donna Rohr

Oregon State Hospital Kirkbride Building
Best historic building

© 2017 Sarah Rohrs

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