11/08/2006

WVSeniors.org Announces new Photo Contest

Winning pictures will be featured in a 2007 West Virginia Senior Calendar

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVSeniors.org, the one-stop informational Web site for West Virginia’s seniors, is holding a contest to find the most creative photographs of senior citizens in the state. The best pictures will be used in a 2007 promotional calendar, to be distributed later this year.  The grand-prize winner will receive a $100.00 gift certificate to Amazon.com and the winning photograph will be placed on the cover of the calendar.

WVSeniors.org, a site hosted by the West Virginia University Center on Aging, is encouraging participants to get creative. The calendar will reflect the beauty of West Virginia and the creativity of its senior citizens.

"This contest is designed to get West Virginian’s of all ages involved in learning about aging. We all need to prepare ourselves for old age,” said Richard J. Ham, M.D., director of the WVU Center on Aging. “The WVSeniors project is committed to providing information and projects like this, which encourage and promote an enjoyable and empowering, healthy lifestyle for our elders. Being involved in this contest is just one way to draw attention to that.”

Photographs must include a senior aged 60 or over and include some aspect of West Virginia lifestyle. Studio-style portraits or similar images should be avoided. Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit images; however, professional photographers are ineligible for the Amazon gift certificate.

"Due to the immense response and demand of last year’s calendar we are excited to have the opportunity to show the world once again, the faces of our elders and what they represent through their photographs.” said Maria Durbin, assistant director of public affairs at the WVU Center on Aging.

Winning photographs will be published in the 2007 WVSeniors.org calendar. Twelve photographs will be chosen, one for each month of the year, and the grand-prize photograph will be placed on the cover. All entries must be received by November 24, 2006.

WVSeniors.org is a component of the West Virginia Statewide Educational Network & Informational Online Resources for Seniors (WVSENIORS) project, designed to educate, expand and create new outreach efforts and develop new tools to educate the elderly, their families, caregivers and local communities about aging well in West Virginia, through the use of technology and the media.

For more information about the contest and rules, visit www.wvseniors.org or contact Jessica Justice at the WVU Center on Aging at 304-293-2968.   

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For more information:
Maria Durbin, WVU Center on Aging, (304) 293-2968
mdurbin@hsc.wvu.edu
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