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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Commerce looking for photos that embody rural South Carolina

10th annual Rural Summit contest open to amateur photographers

COLUMBIA, S.C.-  Have a photo that encapsulates rural life in the Palmetto State? Send it to Commerce and you might be the winner of the 10th annual Amateur Rural Summit Photography Contest.  
Sponsored by the Small Business and Rural Development Division of the S.C. Department of Commerce, the Rural Summit Photography Contest is part of the annual South Carolina Rural Summit conference, which will be held in Sumter on March 3, 2014. 
The contest is open to the public, and entries should reflect the unique features of rural life that can only be found in the Palmetto State. Fifteen finalist photos will be chosen by S.C. Department of Commerce staff and displayed at the Rural Summit. Attendees of the Rural Summit will vote, and the winning photos will be announced at the end of the program on March 3. First place winner will receive $500; second place will receive $250 and third place $100. 
Photographs must be original work of the applicant and feature rural South Carolina subject matter. Photos may be color or black-and-white, and should be submitted as an 8"x10" image with name of photo, name of photographer, and completed registration and release forms, which are located on the Commerce website at this link: Rural Summit Photo Contest. 
The deadline for submission is Friday, February 15, 2014. 
For more information about entering the contest, please contact Flora Atchison at 803.737.1876

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