The KICVB is collecting photos for the 2013 Discover Kodiak Visitor Guide and is looking for photos that capture the “perfect Kodiak moment.” The visitors bureau is holding an official photography contest with cash prizes. Photographers who submit photos could win up to $500 and possibly the cover spot.
“This year we decided to set aside some of the budget from producing to reward the photographers for their fine work,” said Janet Buckingham, KICVB executive director. “We just thought our photos were so good that we wanted to make it a little more exciting for the photographers.”
The contest is open for both professional photographers and amateurs. The bureau is looking shots of scenery, activities, the Coast Guard, the Alaska Marine Highway System, villages, wildlife, and anything else that relates to life in Kodiak.
The first-place prize is $500. The second-place prize is $250, and the third-place prize is $125. The fourth-place and fifth-place winners will receive KICVB logo wear.
All submitted photography, regardless of place, will be considered for the visitor guide and the bureau’s new website, which is expected to launch this fall.
Cover photo candidates will be determined by a selection committee comprised of staff members and a graphic designer.
“We get hundreds and hundreds of photos every year,” Buckingham said. “Our staff weeds through them, and a graphic designer helps because he knows what will blow up.”
The final decision will go to the KICVB board of directors.
Buckingham said several factors go into determining the cover photo.
“A lot of things weigh into the decision,” she said. “Whether or not they want a bear or if they want to switch it out to something else, if the board feels its time to let bears rest on the cover.”
Photographers can submit up to 25 high-resolution photos. The photos should be delivered to the KICVB on a CD marked with a name, address, phone number and email. The deadline to make submissions is Sept. 14.
If you have questions, contact the KICVB at 486-4782.