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Tres 11-03-08 04:31 PM

Deadline for cover photo contest is Nov. 14
As it has since 2003, the Arkansas Press Association is conducting a contest to determine the cover photo(s) for the 2009 Arkansas Media Directory. This year’s contest was announced on October 16, and 37 photographs have already been submitted, as of Nov. 3. The deadline for entering the contest is Nov. 14, just 11 days off, and any photos received after that date will be deemed ineligible.

Those placing first, second and third in the competition will receive cash prizes of $100.00, $50.00 and $25.00, respectively. The first place photo will be displayed prominently on the cover of the 2009 edition, with the second- and third-place photos featured as insets. Photos receiving honorable mentions will be included inside the Directory as space warrants.

To participate in the contest, newspapers and associate members may email their photos as attachments to Tres Williams at Questions may be directed to Williams at the email address above or at 501.374.1500.

Below are all of the photographs that won first place in the Directory Cover Photo Contest, chronologically:

James Lemon, El Dorado News-Times, for “Boxley,” 2003 (top)

Scott Smith, De Queen Daily Citizen, for “Lightning,” 2004 (middle)

William Harvey, Pine Bluff Commercial, for “Babe Ruth,” 2005 (bottom)

Steve Eddington, Arkansas Farm Bureau, for “Little Missouri Falls,” 2006

Tres 11-03-08 04:33 PM

Deadline for cover photo contest is Nov. 14
Randy Moll, Courier-Journal, Gentry, for “Evening at City Park Lake,” 2007

Michael Woods, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, for “Grape Festival Ferris Wheel,” 2008

administrator 11-11-08 10:17 AM

Entries continue to come in
As of Tuesday morning, with 3-plus days remaining before the submission period ends, APA has received 71 entries for the Directory Cover Photo Contest. That is one entry shy of the record number received in 2007.

Tres 11-17-08 02:45 PM

Record number of entries
With the end of the submission period for the photo contest on Friday, we are now able to provide a final tally. APA received 111 entries, by far a new record. I am very pleased with the level of participation this year, and we've gotten some outstanding photos. The judging will begin this week, and the winners will be announced in early January at the same time we begin distributing the new directories.

Tres 11-20-08 05:34 PM

The 12 finalists
Actually, now that the judging has been completed and the 12 finalists have been identified, I have a correction: we actually received 115 entries, smashing the old record (from 2007) by over 40 submissions.

The final 12 will be announced here in the forums in the coming weeks and will be featured in the next issue of The Arkansas Publisher (quarterly) and in The Arkansas Publisher Weekly. The first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced in early January, just before the 2009 Arkansas Media Directory is mailed to subscribers.

All of the judges were of one mind: they were very impressed with the quality of this year's photos...and with the level of participation in the contest.

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