The deadline for entries in "The Beauty of the Woods," a photography competition organized by the Friends of Poland Forest, is set for Sunday, Aug. 11. Matted prints will be accepted from Saturday, Aug. 3 through the deadline at The Cafe at Wittenauers, 122 S. Main St., Poland. Entries will be displayed in The Gallery at Wittenauers from Sept. 6 through 15. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.
The contest is for amateurs in three age divisions: children 12 and under, teenagers 13 to 19, and adults 20 and over. Awards will be given to the top photo in each division, plus one "Best in Show." Winners in each age group will receive a $25 gift certificate from YM Camera, and the "Best in Show" will receive a gift certificate for framing from Frameworks.
Photos must be taken within Poland Municipal Forest and must focus on nature. Contest rules and entry forms are available in The Cafe at Wittenauers, Poland Village Hall, in the kiosks at the Forest's entrances and at various Poland businesses. The entry fee is $5 per person. All entrants will also receive a one-year membership in the Friends of Poland Forest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"The Beauty of the Woods" is Poland Forest's first photo contest. Gordon Longmuir, president of the organization, says that the purpose of the contest is to spotlight one of Poland Village's greatest treasures, and promote membership in the Friends of Poland Forest.