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Popular West Linn photo contest, passport programs return for summer

Deadlines set for August


SUBMITTED PHOTO: AARON ROTKOWSKI  - This photo, taken by Aaron Rotkowski, was the grand prize winner in the 2015 West Linn Photo Challenge. Two of West Linn’s most popular summer programs have returned for 2016.

The West Linn Summer Passport program and the Summer Photo Challenge are open for all to participate, and each carry the promise of prizes for top performers at the end of the summer.

Photo challenge

Now in its third year, the Summer Photo Challenge allows amateur photographers of all ages to share some of their best work. As many as 12 high resolution photos may be submitted by Aug. 26, and the categories are “Recreation Classes and Sports Programs,” “West Linn Parks — People Playing,” “City of West Linn Events,” “Parks Flora and Fauna” and “Photos by Kids.”

Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent sign a permission form to enter.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to get out and see their community through a different lens,” Citizen Engagement Coordinator Courtney Flynn said. “It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day activities and the Summer Photo Challenge encourages citizens to slow down and really take in all that is offered in West Linn.”

Three winners will be selected in each category, with 13 prizes going out in total. The grand prize includes $200 in cash and a $150 Parks and Recreation gift certificate; additionally, the winning photo will be displayed in a frame at City Hall for one year. First, second and third prizes of various cash amounts will also be awarded in each of the four contest categories.

Winners will be announced Sept. 6, with a reception to follow Sept. 15.

“The works submitted by past participants have shed new light on West Linn activities and places and we are excited to see what this year’s participants will submit,” Flynn said.

To learn more visit westlinnoregon.gov/photochallenge.

West Linn Summer Passport

The Summer Passport program proved to be a hit in its inaugural go-round last summer, and Flynn said it will have a “new spin” this time around.

Similar to last year, participants will go around to different trails, buildings and city events in search of stamps for the passport book. But in addition to stamps, residents will also search for letters hidden at secret spots on eight trails and at the West Linn Public Library.

“The clues are letters of the alphabet and once all are found, participants are must unscramble the letters before they can turn it in,” Flynn said. “There is a theme to the program this year, which will make sense once all the letters are found.”

The deadline to complete the passport is Sept. 9. Participants are also encouraged to post photos using the hashtag #WLpassport.

“It was hugely successful last year in that it encouraged families to explore our parks, and this year we wanted to encourage residents to ‘get lost’ in our trails,” Flynn said. “The Passport Program is another opportunity for our community to explore the areas of West Linn they may not have had much exposure to.”

To learn more or print out a passport, visit westlinnoregon.gov/summer-passport.