Cherokee Preservation Foundation is sponsoring a community photo contest in connection with its 10th anniversary celebration. The contest is open to people who live on the Qualla Boundary or in Haywood, Swain, Graham, Jackson, Cherokee, Macon and Clay counties. Photos must relate to at least one of the foundation’s three areas of focus: cultural preservation, economic development and environmental preservation.
Photos must be submitted by 5 p.m. on July 27, and winners will be announced at a public reception and exhibition at Qualla Arts & Crafts in Cherokee on Aug. 23.
The contest has an adult and youth (16 years old or younger) age category. In the adult age category, winners will be selected for first prize ($500), second prize ($300) and third prize ($200), and the judges shall have the discretion to select honorable mentions ($100). In the youth age category, judges will award a first prize ($200), and they shall have the discretion to select honorable mentions ($50).
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation awards grants to regional projects and programs that address cultural preservation, economic development and job creation, and environmental sustainability.