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Photo contest open to Missourians

Parkland families have a chance to have their photos in the state’s 2007-2008 Official Manual, commonly referred to as the Blue Book.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has extended the deadline for submissions to the photo contest. All entries must be postmarked or received by 5 p.m. Aug. 1. The contest is open to all Missourians.

This year’s search is the 11th biennial statewide photo contest for the Blue Book. The theme of the contest is “The Missouri Family Scrapbook.”

Winning photos will appear in the 2007-2008 edition of the Official Manual, which is scheduled for publication in the fall.

Entries should represent aspects of Missouri family life.  Photos will be judged in one or more of four categories.

One category is Family Legacies, which includes photographs of children in school, activities, sports, and at play in Missouri.

The second section is Family Milestones. This includes photos of family milestones, such as graduations, weddings, and birthdays.

Family Vacations is designated for photographs of family vacations taken in the state and Family Holidays focuses on family holiday celebrations in Missouri.

“‘It’s not too late to enter your photos in ‘The Missouri Family Scrapbook’ contest,” Carnahan said. “Your photo could end up in the Blue Book for people to enjoy for years to come.”

Color and/or black and white photo prints, slides and digital images are acceptable. Photo copies, laser prints or low resolution inkjet prints will not be accepted.

Prints must have a glossy finish and be at least 3 inches by 5 inches in size. Prints may not be larger than 8 inches by 10 inches. Do not write on the back of the entry or mount, staple, paper clip, or use adhesives such as tape or glue on the photographs.

Photographic transparencies and/or 35 mm slides up to 5 inches by 7 inches in size are acceptable.

Digital images must have a printable image size of at least 5 inches by 7 inches. Tagged information file format (.tif/.tiff) is preferred with a 300 dpi (dots per inch) minimum. Use standard high resolution digital images with no special effects, filters or borders. Images may be sent on a 3.5-inch diskette, CD-ROM, zip disk and/or e-mail.

Residents of all ages may submit any number of photographs. However, each photo must be accompanied by its own entry form. Entry forms and contest rules are available on the Secretary of State’s Web site at, by e-mail at or by mail at: Official Manual Photo Contest, Office of the Secretary of State – Division of Publications, P.O. Box 1767, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1767.

All entries must be postmarked or received via e-mail no later than 5 p.m., Aug. 1. The Office of the Secretary of State does not assume responsibility for lost entries.

Photo contest winners will be chosen by a committee selected by Carnahan and will be featured in the next edition of the Official Manual. The winning photographers also will receive a personalized and signed copy of the Official Manual.

Photo entries become the property of the secretary of state’s office and may be used in future publications, with full credit given to the photographer.

Photographs will be added to the permanent collection of the Missouri State Archives. To see the 2005-2006 Official Manual winning photos, visit: .

Paula Barr is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 172 or at

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