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City's 2014 photo contest puts the focus on people, places, pets and more

Lower Millennium Park, by Haven Seagraves, 2013. What makes Lake Oswego such a unique and special place? Is it the people who live, work and play here? The beautiful neighborhoods, the art-adorned shopping districts, the plentiful parks?

All of that and more is fair game in the City of Lake Oswego’s 2014 photo contest, which asks amateur and professional photographers to share what they see when they look through their lenses. Entries are being accepted now through Sept. 4; winners will be announced in October, and winning images will be published in the city’s print and online newsletters and in The Review in November.

There are monetary prizes, too — $100 gift cards for first-place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place — in each of six different categories:

'Sentinel,' by Michael Berger, 2013.  Life in Lake Oswego: Special events or community celebrations; sporting events or parades; children playing, adults working, couples strolling.

Places in Lake Oswego: Neighborhoods, shopping districts, streets, parks and green spaces.

People of Lake Oswego: The wide range and diversity of the people who live, work and play here.

Positive Aging in Lake Oswego: Folks over 50 — although photographers can be of any age.

Pets in Lake Oswego: Fido romping in the park, Fluffy lounging on a windowsill, etc.

Scarecrow at Luscher, by Sandy Varzarschi, 2013. Youth: Any subject, as long as the photographer is under 18.

Bonnie Hirshberger, the city’s citizen information specialist, says judges will look for technical quality, clarity and composition, as well as a flair for the unexpected and the ability of the photographer to capture a picture-perfect moment.

Vern Uyetake, The Review’s photographer, says those are the same qualities he looks for when he’s on the job.

“It’s also important to remember that photography is all about light,” Uyetake says. “Light often sets a mood and creates an emotional response from the viewer. It also helps in shaping the composition.”

Last year, photographers submitted 322 images — including all of the photos accompanying this story.

To enter the contest, mail or deliver a CD of your photo and a completed entry agreement for each photo to Bonnie Hirshberger, City of Lake Oswego, 380 A Avenue, PO Box 369, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Entry forms can be found on the city’s website at ci.oswego.or.us/publicaffairs/photo-contest. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4. For more information, contact Hirshberger at 503-675-3992.

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