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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Crossroads Committee seeks photo stories for contest

Hendricks Photo - Old Smith Place

The Crossroads Committee is hosting a local photography contest in an effort to help promote the touring Smithsonian exhibit: Crossroads, Change in Rural America which will be showcased in McRae-Helena this fall at the Telfair Center for the Arts. The Crossroads Photo Contest is now accepting entries from amateur and professional photographers in the area. There is no charge to participate but each photo entry must have a narrative from the photo journalist to go along with the photo. 

"This contest is to help promote the coming Smithsonian exhibit, Crossroads," says Robert Hendricks, a member of the Crossroads Committee. "There are four basic themes and participants can submit a photo in each theme. It is important that each entry has a narrative up to 150 words to go along with the photo. This narrative will be a huge factor in the judging of entries, specifically, how that narrative relates to the photo submitted."

The themes of the photo contest are:

  • Identity - What does it mean to be rural?
  • Land - What is the impact of land on your life or your community?
  • Community - What does rural community mean to you?
  • Persistence - How have you or your community demonstrated persistence in responding to the economic, social, and cultural changes you have faced?

"You look at the theme identity, for instance," explains Hendricks. "How does your photograph help you explain the theme? There will be two winners in each category. One for minors - photographers 19 years of age and under - and one for adults. Selected photographs will be displayed from October 12 to November 23 at the Telfair Center for the Arts. Winning photos will actually be sent on to the state level for use in their publication."

The deadline to submit entries is September 16, 2019 and the specifics of the contest, including contest rules, are as follows:

  • The contest is open to all photographers (amateur and professional) at least 10 years of age and older.
  • Photos must be taken in Telfair County or any surrounding rural counties or towns.
  • A photograph must be entered in one of the four program themes. To be eligible, photographs must include a narrative of up to 150 words relating the photo to the theme category. Photos without a narrative will be rejected. Individuals may enter a different photo in each theme area along with another entry form and narrative.
  • Photographs that have been digitally enhanced or altered are not eligible. Minor contrast, color adjustments, or sharpening are acceptable. All photographs must be in jpeg format. Photos become property of the Crossroads Committee and will not be returned. No copyrighted photographs.
  • All photographs - both digital and hard copies - are acceptable.
  • Digital photos, narratives, entry forms and disclaimer forms may be submitted to
  • Hard print copies, DVD/flash drives, narratives, entry forms, and disclaimer forms may be submitted in an envelope to McRae-Helena City Hall (25 South First Avenue) or mailed to McRae-Helena City Hall, PO Box 55157, McRae-Helena, GA 31055.
  • Historic photos (taken before 2000) submissions must be an original photograph owned by the photographer. Entrants should keep the original and submit a high resolution copy for judging. If selected, the original photograph may be required for display and will be returned.
  • Each photographer must sign the disclaimer form. Minor photographers must have adult permission.
  • Other rules apply. Please see entry form and disclaimer form for complete details.

Entry and disclaimer forms are available now at McRae-Helena City Hall, the Telfair Chamber of Commerce, and the Telfair County Farmers Market. Forms may also be requested by emailing A copy of the form can also be downloaded here.

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