Umstead State Park to display photos from contest

09/01/2014 1:04 PM

09/02/2014 10:58 AM

Umstead State Park will introduce a special exhibit this weekend in its visitor’s center, featuring winners from a photography contest organized by the Umstead Coalition.

The “Footprints in William B. Umstead State Park” shows the work of photographers in the Umstead Coalition’s first photography contest, organized on the park’s 80th anniversary. The coalition, a non-profit organization that works to provide support to the park, will use the winning photographs to create a 2015 park calendar.

Photos taken by adults were judged in three categories: “Where Are Your Footprints?” to highlight activities of park visitors; “Stories in Stone” to highlight historic structures in the park, and “In the Wild,” focused on plants and animals in the park.

Photographers under the age of 16 had three categories to work with as well, but their photos were not judged by category.

In addition to receiving a copy of the calendar they helped create, winners and those who receive honorable mention will receive a year-long household membership to the coalition and their photos will be posted on the Umstead Coalition’s website after Saturday’s awards ceremony.

A reception to mark the opening of the exhibit will take place Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the park’s visitor’s center, off Glenwood Avenue.

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