Photo contest deadline drawing near

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Area shutterbugs are invited once again to share to their photographic talents in the annual News-Register/Hamilton Telecommunications amateur photo contest.
Categories for the 2020 contest are similar to previous years, with four main categories inviting photographers to point their lens toward our community in various ways.
The four categories are for pets/animals; nature; agriculture; and any subject. Mobile device entries can be entered in these categories as well, though judges will take quality of the image into account when selecting the winners.
Photos must be taken by Hamilton County residents. All entries must be submitted to the News-Register by July 10 with a limit of three per person, per category. There is no fee to enter.
Entries may include color prints, black and white prints, or high-quality digital printouts. Entries may be also submitted via email to
Winners must be able to provide original digital images on request for ANR reproduction.
Photos will be judged on composition, impact and creativity. Winners in each of the four categories will receive cash prizes and bragging rights for the year.
Kady Lockmon was the winner in the 2019 contest with a scenic photo of a barn on her grandparents’ farm near Stuart.
Physical entries for this year’s competition should be mounted on 8-1/2x11 sheets of paper, complete with an attached entry form describing when and where the photo was taken, and naming everyone in the photo, or emailed as an attachment with all information the entry forms require.
Entry forms are available at sponsoring businesses, including Hamilton Telecommunications, In Laura’s Lens Photography, Aurora News-Register, Sullivan Companion Animal Clinic, Runza, Wireless World, Aurora Mall, Padgett Business Services, Aurora Veterinary Clinic, Mars Petcare,  or you can request one by emailing

Pictured above: William Feely won top honors last year in the animal category with this photo of a large Osprey (also known as a fish hawk) grabbing lunch out of the Gulf of Mexico. He took the picture while on a family vacation near Tampa, Fla.

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