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Online voting for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) first ever “I Love Classic Towns” photo contest kicks off on Sunday, April 15.
The public can vote for their favorite images by visiting the Classic Towns website at www.classictowns.org. The deadline to vote is May 14.
To date, more than 600 images by both amateur and professional photographers have been submitted for the contest, which launched on Feb. 14.
The contest is part of DVRPC’s innovative Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia program and is designed to engage the community in showcasing the region’s unique neighborhoods in both the city and suburbs.
At present, there are 20 towns designated as Classic Towns by DVRPC. They are: Ambler, Ardmore, Bordentown City, Bristol Borough, Collingswood, Germantown, Glassboro, Haddon Heights, Kennett Square, Lansdale, Lansdowne, Manayunk, Media, Merchantville, Moorestown, New Hope, Overbrook Farms, Phoenixville, Souderton/Telford, and West Chester.
Photographers entered photographs from these towns in seven different categories including: community, local history, main street, parks and recreation, people, residential, and seasonal.
Once online voting has closed, the photos with the highest votes from each category will go before a panel of judges that will select winners in each category as well as the overall winner. Winners will be announced by July 31, 2012.
Each winner will be awarded $100 for the top image in each category. In addition, a $500 Judge’s Choice prize and $300 Voter’s Choice prize will also be awarded. The photographs will then become part of a traveling exhibit.
The “I Love Classic Towns” photo contest is co-sponsored by Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, N.J. and Collingswood, N.J.
Judges include Karen Chigounis, director of Arts Education Programs and associate curator at the Perkins Center for the Arts; Meredith Edlow, visual assets manager for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, and David Maialetti, photojournalist at the Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer.