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Parks & Recreation launches annual photo contest

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This photo by Jon Minnihan emerged victorious in Henry County’s 2011 photography contest. The deadline for entries in this year’s contest is Sept. 28.

Special Photo This photo by Jon Minnihan emerged victorious in Henry County’s 2011 photography contest. The deadline for entries in this year’s contest is Sept. 28.

McDONOUGH — Henry County is looking for people who know how to take a good picture.

The Parks and Recreation Department recently launched its fifth annual photography contest. Kathy Hunt, a program coordinator for the department, said, “It highlights our parks and different ways that people can do activities in our parks. It also highlights the photographers’ talents as well.”

The entry deadline is Sept. 28. Photos must be taken at a Henry County Parks and Recreation event, facility or park in order to be eligible for the contest. Pictures may be submitted in three categories: sports and action, nature and wildlife, and people, pets and play.

“We probably get about 10 people that submit five to 10 photos apiece,” said Hunt.

She hopes to increase those numbers with this year’s contest.

County spokesperson Julie Hoover-Ernst said the contest is a way to showcase parks which “have a little something for everyone.”

“The Parks and Recreation Department wants to see photos of how people are using and enjoying the department’s facilities,” she said. “The photo contest gives amateur photographers a chance to win prizes and the possibility of having their photos published in the Parks and Recreation Department’s Annual Calendar.”

Winning entries may also be featured in other publications produced by the county, Hoover-Ernst said.

Entries may be in color, black and white or digital images. Prizes totaling more than $400 will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners, and an honorable-mention winner will be named in each category.

Photographers must be at least 18 to participate. For more information, call (770) 288-7312, or visit www.hcprd.org.