By Bob Satnan
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is giving local shutterbugs a chance to have their work shared throughout the world.
The lodge is holding its first amateur photography contest, with the winning images being transformed into postcards that will be sold in the historic site’s gift shop.
Interpretive Resource Specialist Jenna Eddy and Marissa Cowen, natural resource manager of Bothwell Lodge, were looking for ways to involve the community in the site and to increase souvenir options. The photo contest was a way to accomplish both tasks.
“The winner gets their photo published by the state in postcard form, and they get credit on the postcard, so it’s a nice opportunity, especially for budding photographers,” Eddy said.
The photo must be taken on the grounds in the park area, and can include but is not limited to the lodge itself.
“We decided not to categorize anything ... so we went as broad as possible,” Eddy said. “It could be something on a trail, anything from the natural surroundings of the lodge — we just wanted to allow people’s artistic abilities to flow.”
Anyone age 10 and older may enter up to two photographs by either mail or email. Submitted photos will not be returned and all submissions become property of state and may be distributed as it sees fit, Eddy said. The photo contest will run through Oct. 1.
Depending on the quality of the entries, there will be up to three winning photos. The timetable for having the postcards available will depend on the printing vendor’s workload.
For a detailed list of rules and more information, call the historic site at 827-0510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We just want people excited about this,” Eddy said. “We haven’t done anything like this before, and it will allow us to get people more aware of the lodge and be involved with it.”