The organization formed to encourage visitation to Western New York’s Southtowns communities has announced a photo contest for shutterbugs. The WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB) is asking the public to submit pictures they take of the area for judging and eventual display during the 2022 holiday season.
“We promote and encourage people to explore our many terrific communities and decided that the public is the best target to provide examples of what the Southtowns offers,” said Byway President Robert J. Lennartz.
Photos can be submitted through the website WNYSSB.org. Rules and other information are also available at this web address.
There will be prizes offered by Byway merchants that range from $100 cash plus an overnight stay at Inn at Holiday Valley to a gift certificate from Vidler’s 5 & 10 of East Aurora.
In addition, the finalists for the contest will get their pictures displayed on the silver screen at the Aurora Theatre in East Aurora and the Joylan Theatre in Springville.
The deadline for entries will be Nov. 30.
The Byway is engaging newspaper photographers from publications in the Southtowns to be the judges.
Only those photos that are taken in these communities will be accepted: Town of Ashford, Town of Aurora, Town of Boston, Town of Colden, Town of Concord, Village of East Aurora, Village of Ellicottville, Town of Orchard Park, Village of Orchard Park, Town of Springville, Town of West Valley.
Photographers, both professional and amateur, are encouraged to submit their best works. The only other stipulations are that the photos be their own, non-copyrighted creations and that they are limited to five total submissions for this contest.
The not-for-profit Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway’s mission is
“To promote economic development and community pride through the thoughtful stewardship of the natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational resources of the byway region.” Those who wish to support the group are encouraged to visit wnyssb.org.