Everyone loves a photography contest, especially in the Finger Lakes region where it’s so beautiful that it’s almost hard to take a bad photo!  Here’s one that Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion is sponsoring:

Everyone loves a photo contest!

In celebration of Sonnenberg Gardens’ beauty throughout the changing seasons, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is hosting a Photo Contest from July 1 through October 14, 2011.

A jury will select the top photographs each month to be displayed in a changing display at the entrance of the Carriage House. Final jury judging results for the season will take place after the contest deadline of October 14. In addition to the juried portion, there will also be voting by the public at the end of the contest via the Sonnenberg website (www.sonnenberg.org) for selection of the People’s Choice winners.

Photos must be taken at Sonnenberg Gardens.  They must be the property of the entrant and may not have been published elsewhere.  Submissions must be emailed using jpeg format to marketing@sonnenberg.org.  Please type “Photo Contest Entry” in the subject line.  All photo submissions must include the following:  Name of Photographer, Address, Phone #, Category, and Description.  Titles are optional. If selected, the photo will be made into an 8×10 print.

There are four submission categories: Landscape, People, and Architecture, plus a special category for the 2011 season:  Sonnenberg’s Japanese Garden. Entrants may submit ONE photo for each category.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners in each category will be selected by the jury.  Additionally, one place in each category will be selected by popular vote in the People’s Choice section.  Winning photographers will be invited to attend a reception at Sonnenberg on Sunday, October 30th.  Prizes to be announced.  All winners will receive award certificates.

The contest entrant is responsible for obtaining any and all necessary model releases and/or disclaimers for the photos the entrant submits. Photographer will retain copyrights, however, Sonnenberg Gardens reserves the right to publish any entry, both online and in print, for promotional purposes.

Decisions of the Jury Committee are final and the jury reserves the right to refuse a submitted photograph for inappropriate content.

Deadline for all entries is Friday, October 14, 2011.