News — 08 November 2017
City website update sparks photo contest

Got a great photo that celebrates life in Dryden? Enters the City of Dryden’s new photo contest.
Photo by Chris Marchand


By Chris Marchand

The City of Dryden is using a photo contest to seek out some sharp new images that will help them in a major redesign of their website.

The Community Development and Administration departments officially launched “Celebrate Dryden,” a photo contest to celebrate our Wilderness City on Monday.

Submission guidelines for the ongoing contest can be found at photos.dryden.ca.

Dryden’s new Strategic Initiatives and Communications Coordinator, Stephanie Egelton, says they’re hoping to portray a more well-rounded, four-season window into what life is like in Dryden on their web portal.

“The biggest issue I’ve had with the marketing tools in the past in Dryden was there was only one season, and that was summer photos,” said Egelton. “I’d like to see winter photos, spring, fall and summer. It’s for both economic development and administration. We’re promoting Dryden not only for people to have some nice pictures to see on the website, but also from a tourism standpoint. Where I’m from we don’t get the diverse change in seasons that you do here, so it’s important to show that. Also it’s to attract potential investors, so that they can see what they’re getting into.”

The contest hopes to draw submissions under the categories of: Active Living; Arts; Culture and Diversity; Agriculture; Community Events/Entertainment; Gardening; Nature and Parks; Four Season Outdoor Adventure; People; Places and Sports and Recreation.

Submitters are asked to avoid filters or heavy-handed digital processing on their images.

Photographers will retain the copyright to their images, though submitted photos may be used on the new City of Dryden website (launching on Dec. 18), online photo galleries, City publications and even City Hall. Credit will be given to the photographers when the images are used.

Prizes include gift cards from local businesses, community and cultural event tickets, Dryden Pool and Fitness Centre passes, garbage bag tags, sporting events and much more. Prizes will be awarded monthly and winners will be notified by email.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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