Shutterbug alert: It’s photo contest season |

Shutterbug alert: It’s photo contest season

Mike Bennett

Celebrate your life with photography and you may be rewarded with a great prize.

We are beginning photo contest season in PI-Land. This is your chance to be proud of your photography both in its content and quality. We want to be moved, wowed and inspired. And most of all we want you have fun and celebrate our community.

On Tuesday we quietly launched the first of a trio of contests, “Mommy & Me” to celebrate Mother’s Day. Remember mom — her day is just 25 days away. As of yesterday at 3 p.m., we already had 15 entries, and some of them will be tough to beat, although I’m sure one of you has a special photograph you haven’t entered yet. We’ve seen pictures of younger moms and older moms and even moms that have passed.

We’ve got three prizes for our winners. Our grand prize comes from the Riviera Supper Club with a $100 gift certificate. Flower Mart is providing the second-place winner with long stem roses valued at $75 and the Yampah Spa has a $25 gift certificate for third prize.

You can get to the contest by clicking on the ad on the bottom of our home page at or by clicking the contest icon on our Facebook fan page. We will be publishing our favorite entries throughout the contest period in the Post Independent and The Citizen Telegram.

Next up, Garfield County will be celebrating year two of its Live Well program with a “Get Moving” photo contest in the month of May. Get your cameras ready to show us you, your friends and family out and about and creating healthy bodies and minds. They’ve come up with some good prizes as well: First place will receive a 20-punch pass to the Carbondale Recreation Center valued at $170; the Glenwood Springs Community Center will provide $125 in some cool swag; and third place will be provided by MistYoga in Rifle, a free session worth $25.

Right around the corner is Memorial Day, and that means it’s time for the Summer Fun Photo Contest. We will have two partners for this one. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is the first to join us, and Steve Beckley promises some great prizes. Look for special content within our contest featuring shots from the Adventure Park. Within this contest we will have subcategories including: my summer vacation; backyard and neighborhood fun; events and festivals; summer scenery; my pet’s summer; and summer sports and recreation.

All contests will be judged on a point system. Collectively, the popular vote along with two human judges will determine the winners.

My apologies but these contests can only be played digitally. I know some of you don’t have computers or digital cameras, but I bet you have a child, grandchild or a friend that can help you out.

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