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from the Civil War Trust:

2012 Civil War Trust launches 2012 photography contest

Popular Annual Contest is Co-Sponsored by History™ and the Center for Civil War Photography

WASHINGTON – One hundred and fifty years ago, on blood-soaked battlefields across the nation, photographers like Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner captured iconic images that haunt us to this day. Today, as we mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of those bloody but pivotal days, the Civil War Trust has again teamed up with History™ and the Center for Civil War Photography (CCWP) to sponsor a national photography competition to promote appreciation of America’s rich Civil War heritage.

“As we remember the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, I encourage all Americans to visit the places where history unfolded,” said Trust president James Lighthizer. “In experiencing the scenic beauty and enduring sanctity of these places, you will gain a newfound understanding of the past.”

In addition to showcasing modern images of sites associated with the Civil War, the contest is designed to encourage closer study of the many fascinating images taken during the conflict. CCWP, a nonprofit group dedicated to educating the public about Civil War photography and its role in the conflict, sponsors the competition’s “Then and Now” category.

As part of the organizations ongoing efforts to encourage reflection on the significance of the sesquicentennial, there will be a special each year for the duration of the anniversary period.  This year, that category will solicit images highlighting the events, personalities and legacy of 1862.

Amateur photographers are invited to submit Civil War-related photos in five different categories: (1) Civil War Battlefields, showcasing the solemn and scenic landscapes of these hallowed grounds; (2) People on Civil War Battlefields, focusing on visitors young and old enjoying their time on the battlefield; (3) Preservation Threats, illustrating the grave threats faced by many Civil War battlefields and historic sites; (4) Then and Now, contrasting early images of Civil War battlefields with the same sites today; and (5) The Sesquicentennial: 1862.

The winner of each category will receive a one-year membership (or membership extension) to the Trust and a special plaque, while the Grand Prize winner will receive free registration to the organization’s 2013 annual conference, centering on the Vicksburg Campaign.  Second- and third-place winners will receive certificates of recognition. All winning images will be featured in Trust publications and on www.civilwar.org. Additionally, the winner of the “Then and Now” category will receive a free registration to the Center for Civil War Photography’s annual Image of War seminar (date and location to be announced).

All submissions to the contest must be uploaded to the Trust site at www.flickr.com/groups/cwpt. Flickr™ is one of the internet’s premier photo-sharing websites and provides free membership and a user-friendly interface for uploading photos and providing relevant captions. Once uploaded, photos must be tagged to ensure their consideration in the correct category.

Participants must be amateur photographers and at least 13 years old. Employees of sponsoring organizations and their families are not eligible. The deadline for entries is August 26, 2012. Individuals can submit an unlimited number of photographs, but each image will only be considered in one category. For complete contest rules and instructions on how to enter, visit the Trust online at www.civilwar.org/photocontest.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

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