The Logan County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the National Coal Heritage Area, The Tamarack and The National Park Service to bring the Hidden History Photo Contest to Logan County.
The photo contest, which is described as an exciting way to celebrate local heritage through the art of photography, is part of Hidden History Weekend, September 26-28.
A nice way to celebrate the riches of southern West Virginia’s cultural heritage this contest is open to W.Va. amateur photographers. An amateur photographer is defined as a person who receives less than 50 percent of their annual income through photography.
There are five Photograph Subject Categories to be judged:
• Historic objects: photos that show a man-made object of historic significance. Examples: a miner’s lunch pail, lantern, or an old gravestone.
• Historic structures: photos that show a building or structure of historic significance. Examples: a railroad depot, bridge, or farmhouse.
• Historic landscape: photos that show a scene of historic significance. Examples: a historic downtown streetscape, farmstead, or mining area.
• Site on the national register of historic places: photos that show a site included in the National Register of Historic Places. Examples: Search for W.Va. sites on the National Register by county at wvculture.org/shpo/nr/nr.html.
• Creative interpretation: photos that show the artist’s view of history. Advanced editing techniques can be used in this category. Examples: an abstract photo impression of a coal camp or a photo collage of a historic event.
Winners will be chosen in each of the five categories as well as Best in Show. Best in show has three subcategories — Youth (grades 6-8), Youth (grades 9-12) and Adult.
Entry age divisions in each of the five major categories are adult; ages 15-17; ages 11-14 and ages 6-10.
Each entry will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness of image to convey the unique character of the region’s cultural history in the contest subject categories.
Winning photos will be displayed online and at several historic southern W.Va. locations. Deadline for entry is August 19. Official rules, regulations and entry forms can be found on the National Park Services website or through the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
(Karissa Blackburn is a reporter for the Logan Banner. She can be reached at 304-784-7329 or on Twitter at @kblackb2)