Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Heather's Corner: Oro Valley Amateur Photographers: Two Great Contests Await

Do you enjoy taking pictures in your Oro Valley backyard? Or perhaps you have a spot somewhere that a photograph might capture the essence of Oro Valley? Here are two great opportunities to grab your camera and head outdoors.

The Arizona Office of Tourism holds monthly themed photo contests like, "Only in Arizona, American Indian Culture, and Canyons." March has a theme of, "Plants," which seems easy enough to do in our glorious town. In order to enter, simply upload your photo onto their website.All submissions are due by the last day of the previous month for the next month's theme. Winners are chosen by peers throughout the month and a final winner is selected from the top three. Prizes include Tamrac camera sling pack (backpack) valued at $100, an eight-inch high definition digital picture frame valued at $95, or a one year day-use pass to all Arizona State Parks valued at $75.

Taken in Oro Valley
Thanks To Oro Valley Resident Gil Alexander
The Nature Conservancy and Arizona Highways Magazine have a combined photo contest for our younger student photographers ages 18 and younger. They are currently seeking photographs that showcase Arizona's natural Beauty such as plants, wildlife, and people enjoying nature. Winning photos will be published in the award-winning Arizona Highways magazine and The Nature Conservancy’s Field Notes magazine. Submission deadline is April 10th, 2015. More information can be found on their website

Wouldn't it be great to see some of our own sights and experiences in Oro Valley a part of these contests and publications. Please let us know if you decide to submit so we can check out your photographs on the websites. There's no time like the present to grab your camera and start shooting!
Heather Nenadovich has lived in Oro Valley for 6 years. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She loves gardening, nature, art, and travel. Currently her two young children fill up most of her days (and nights) with chaotic bliss. Oro Valley favorites: memorial bench at the entrance of Romero Canyon Trail in Catalina State Park, Toscana Studio and Gallery, OV Fall Festival, the gumption and determination of OV residents!

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