The contest, titled “Celebrate Ottawa,” is divided into three categories: outdoor spaces, buildings and community events.
Examples of outdoor spaces would include parks, streams, nature, statues and other locales, according to a news release from the City of Ottawa Planning Department, which sponsors the contest.
Examples of community events include the Franklin County Fair, football games, 5K runs, Ol’ Marais River Run, Antique Tractor and Engine Show, parades, school events and others, the release said.
The photographs will be entered into a competition divided into two age groups: 18 and younger, and 19 and older.
A winner will be selected in each category and age group, with an overall winner by age group, the release said. The winners will receive recognition by the City Planning Commission, and overall winners will receive a cash award of $50 for those 18 and younger and $75 for those 19 and older, according to the release.
In addition, Mayor Sara Caylor will award $50 in Chamber Bucks for her favorite photograph, during an Ottawa City Commission meeting. The photos will be judged on their composition, storytelling ability and quality, the release said. The best photos will be ones where the community’s personality and character can be clearly seen, contest officials said.
The deadline for completing the project is 5 p.m. Sept. 25. The contest is for non-professionals only, the release said. For more information about how to participate and the rules and regulations please visit the planning department located on the second floor of City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, or go online at www.ottawaks.gov