Photo contest launched

STEUBENVILLE — Officials with the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times are looking for shutterbugs who capture the Fourth of July spirit.

The newspapers have launched the “Proud to be an American July 4th Photo Contest.”

The winner will receive Pittsburgh Zoo tickets and select gift certificates courtesy of the contest’s advertising sponsors.

“This is a great way to get our readers involved with us and to showcase the photography talent we have here in the Ohio Valley,” said Denise Delatore, advertising director for the newspapers.

Digital entries can be submitted online, and for those who prefer to print out their photos, submissions will be accepted at the newspaper office in Steubenville during regular business hours.

Cindy Manack, inside sales supervisor with the papers, is spearheading the effort.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the photos, and I’m sure the winner will be thrilled at the prizes offered,” Manack said.

“The online form and complete rules are available on the home page of the websites. Just look for and click on the official photo contest logo on right side of the page,” Delatore noted. “On the contest page are links to the entry form and to the official rules.”

Manack said the contest is open now, and all entries must be received on or before 5 p.m. on July 24.

“What we’re looking for is the best patriotic photo from the Fourth of July or something taken that shows the celebration of Independence Day,” Manack said.

Once the deadline passes, the judges will take a look at all eligible entries and choose a winner.

Ross Gallabrese, executive editor for the newspapers, said there is another perk for the winner.

“The photo that is chosen as the winner will appear in our print edition,” Gallabrese said. “It’s a way to share a special image captured by one of our area residents.”

The winner will be notified by e-mail or phone at 5 p.m. on Aug. 1.

Sponsors for the “Proud to be an American July 4th Photo Contest” can be viewed on the contest page website.

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