Submissions now accepted for biannual county elections photo contest

Contest theme is 'the Flora and Fauna of Contra Costa County'

The Contra Costa Elections Division is calling on the photographic talents of county residents, and requesting that they submit photographs that exemplify natural life in Contra Costa County for its third biannual photo contest, with submissions being accepted now.

Going off of the theme “the Flora and Fauna of Contra Costa County,” the grand prize winner will have their photo featured on the cover of the 2020 “Voter Information Guide,” which county officials say goes out to more than 650,000 registered voters throughout Contra Costa County.

“The Photo Contest is a fun way to get our residents involved in the election process and pique their interest in voting,” Registrar of Voters Joe Canciamilla said. “It’s also a great way to highlight the talent of our residents.”

Photo submission forms are available online at the Contra Costa Elections Division website and will be accepted through Sept. 30. It is free to enter the contest but submissions must be sent digitally and include a written photo caption of no more than 100 words. Photos will need to be sized at 5.75” x 3.1875” -- larger photos will be cropped -- and can be submitted in either color or black and white.

Second and third place winners will also be acknowledged, and will have their work featured on the Elections Division website and office lobby, as well as other elections publications.

The winner of November 2018’s photo contest, Rich Hall of Walnut Creek, received top honors for his photo capturing service at the Pleasant Hill Library, which he said he hopes will inspire others to increase their own participation in the voting process.

“I’m happy I could share a little bit of what this community means to me through my photography,” Hall said. “Working for the public library has been such a great opportunity to get to know and serve the folks in our county.”

For more information, email or call 335-7805.

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