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Photo competition takes aim at Hocking Hills

April 2, 2010
Times Leader

LOGAN, Ohio The 9th annual "Shoot the Hills" Photography Competition Weekend is slated for April 16-18 in the stunning Southeast Ohio region of Hocking Hills. As one of the region's largest photo competitions, "Shoot the Hills" draws hundreds of entrants from around North America. More than four dozen winners will walk away with cash and other prizes. With the region's stunning waterfalls, rock formations, wildlife and flora, photographers will have the opportunity to compete with using images they capture in some of the Midwest's most picturesque scenery.

"Shoot the Hills" features a 24-hour photo contest, where competitors will take SLR or point-and-shoot digital images of sites and subjects all around Hocking County, as well as in three surrounding counties: Fairfield, Vinton and Athens. Contestants may enter any of six categories: landscape, flora, wildlife, abstract, human interest, and "Photographer's Choice." Entries in a separate print division will be voted on by the public. Photographers of all ages are encouraged to compete, but all must supply their own computers, digital cameras and media cards.

Competition begins Friday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Hocking Hills State Park Dining Lodge. Amateurs, students and professional photographers are invited to enter the contest. Registration for the event ranges from $30-$35, and all activities are available to the public free of charge. "Shoot the Hills" also features nature hikes, special speakers, photography programs, vendors, and a unique photo opportunity with birds of pray by the Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist. To register or for more information, visit

In addition to the photography contest, "Shoppe the Hills" artisan and craft show also takes place April 16-18, allowing visitors to check out the work of some of the Hocking Hills' many artisans and crafters during "Shoot the Hills." Complete traveler information is available or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).



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