Merry & Bright Bartow Photo Contest seeks entries
by Marie Nesmith
Jan 09, 2013 | 1668 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Capturing the beauty of the supermoon in 2012, Greg McCary’s “Allatoona Dam at Night” showcases the illuminated structure from a nearby overlook. After granting the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau permission to use his image in May, the Rome resident’s photograph has garnered sizable interest.

Already featured in the coffee-table book “My Georgia Home,” “Allatoona Dam at Night” also will grace the pages of the 2013 Georgia Travel Guide and Atlanta Magazine’s February/March issue.

“I’m real excited. Anytime [you can have] something published like that, it’s a thrill when people actually like what you do,” he said. “[Personally], I like the peacefulness to [the photograph], the

stillness and the quiet and just the beauty of the night sky.”

For CVB Deputy Director Regina Wheeler, these publishing opportunities are prime examples of how her agency utilizes images to promote Bartow County. While McCary offered his image to the CVB, the agency currently is seeking more photographs for marketing purposes through its Merry & Bright Bartow Photo Contest. Through Jan. 31, photographers are encouraged to submit high-resolution images — at least 8 inches by 10 inches in size and 300 dots per inch — capturing the county’s holiday decor or winter scenes of its attractions, landmarks and landscapes.

“The purpose was basically to kind of increase our photographic library,” Wheeler said. “We get calls all the time, not only [for] our daily marketing purposes — such as websites, brochures, our Facebook page, things like that, that we do to promote the community and paid advertising — but we get calls from other suppliers. Recently Applebee’s kind of redid their decor, needed some local photographs. Who did they call? Us. So it’s kind of like we’re the keeper of the photographic library.

“So we just thought that this would be a really good way to identify some good local photographs and give people the opportunity to experience some of these attractions and local landmarks and favorite places that [we] have and kind of just see it through a different eye. ... This is the first [contest] we’ve ever done so we didn’t know quite what to expect. We’ve had about 26 submissions so far and they’ve been a variety. We’ve had winter scenes as well as some Christmas decor.”

To enter a photograph — tiff or jpg/jpeg, formats only — view the submission form on

According to the CVB’s news release, “The contest will be judged by a panel of professional photographers and Georgia tourism leaders. Winners will receive money, certificates and public displays inside the Georgia Visitor Information Center at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. Visa cards will be presented as follows: First Place $100, Second Place $50 and Third Place $25. A People’s Choice Award will also receive a $25 Visa for the photograph that receives the most likes on the CVB’s Facebook page,

“Upon submission, all photographs become the property of the CVB for publication and reproduction in its destination marketing efforts. All photographs submitted, without regard to winning status, have the opportunity to be published in national magazines and viewed on tourism websites, such as, and”

For more information, view or call 770-387-1357.