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2011 Historic Preservation Photo-Essay Competition

Preservation in Your Community:
From Endangered to Enlivened

To celebrate Historic Preservation Month in May, the Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky, Inc. are pleased to announce the 13th Annual Statewide Photo-Essay Competition for all Kentucky school-age students – with this year’s theme Preservation in Your Community: From Endangered to EnlivenedStudents are asked to take at least three photos and write an essay demonstrating an example of preservation in their city, town, neighborhood, or in rural areas. This example should highlight a historic building or site that was previously endangered by demolition, an act of nature or neglect.

Students should explain what the threat to the historic building or site was and how the owner or community has resolved the threat and rehabilitated or preserved the historic building or site.  Factors, such as the importance of the building or site to the community's sense of place and history as well as the steps the owner/community had to take to preserve the building or site, should be considered in the essay.

Rehabilitation can be underway currently or the project can be completed at the historic building or site.  Planned rehabilitation or preservation (in the future) is not eligible.  Examples of sites that might be endangered include houses, commercial buildings, downtown buildings, churches, courthouses, schools, farms or barns.  The building or site must be in the immediate community where the student lives.

Students are encouraged to reflect on why it is important that older buildings and sites continue to serve a useful purpose through rehabilitation.  Students may also want to explore how threats to the historic building or site they select can be seen in other parts of the community.  Students should use their photo-essay as a case study to offer suggestions to community members as possible solutions for other endangered sites.  In other words, what lessons learned from the preservation of this building or site can be used to help other buildings or sites in need of preservation?

Each entry should include at least three photos taken by the student on or after August 1, 2010, with an accompanying original essay addressing the theme as outlined above.  Entries will be judged on creativity, visual appeal, unique approach, presentation and originality.

Students are required to submit a copy of their photo-essay to at least one local decision-maker (mayor, city council or commission member, county judge-executive, magistrate, school board member, etc.) in addition to contest judges.  Students are asked to note this person's identity on the official contest entry form (at right).

Entries may be submitted via email or regular mail. Details are outlined in the eligibility requirements, below.

Judges representing the Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky will select first-, second- and third-place essays from students in three categories:

Primary (Grades 1-5)
Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
Secondary (Grades 9-12)

The winner of each category will receive a cash award and be invited to present their winning photo-essay in a brief PowerPoint presentation during the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Awards, which will take place in May.  Second- and third-place winners will also receive a prize and be recognized during the ceremony.  All competition participants will receive a certificate of recognition.  The school submitting the most entries to the 2011 competition will also be recognized during the ceremony and receive an award for participation.

The Kentucky Heritage Council serves as the State Historic Preservation Office.  Preservation Kentucky, Inc. is the statewide, nonprofit historic preservation organization.  Preservation Kentucky relies on support of its members to fulfill its mission of preservation education and advocacy.  The Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky hope that the 13th Annual Historic Preservation Photo-Essay Competition will stimulate young peoples' interest in historic preservation and provide an opportunity for students to interact with their local decision-makers about the importance of preserving their community’s local heritage.

Eligibility and Guidelines

The competition is open to any student enrolled in Grades 1 through 12 (public, private, or home schools, including extracurricular groups such as 4-H) as of the date the essay is submitted.  (NOTE: Students whose parents serve on or are employed by the Kentucky Heritage Council or whose parents are employed by or serve as board member of Preservation Kentucky, Inc. are ineligible to participate in this competition.)

Deadline & Requirements:

1. Deadline. Essays must be received by email or postmarked no later than Friday, April 15, 2011.  Entries received via email or postmarked after that date will not be eligible.

2. Essay Length. Essay length should be 100-1,000 words.  All essays must be typed and double-spaced.  Handwritten essays will not be considered.  No essays will be returned.

3. Essay Content. Students should identify, document and photograph a historic building, site or structure located in their community and then write an essay describing the property and explaining why the historic resource is significant and should be preserved and protected for future generations.  Entries will be judged, in part, on their "persuasive quality," the student's ability to convince readers of their point of view.  Entries will also be judged on the incorporation of the theme and of researched and documented facts (for example, from an interview, magazine, newspaper or book) about the historic building, site or structure.

A brief synopsis of the theme to be incorporated in student essays follows:

a. Focus on a previously endangered building or site that has been or is being rehabilitated or otherwise preserved.

b. Buildings or sites can be houses, barns, farms, commercial buildings, downtown buildings, schools, courthouses, etc.  The building or site should be at least 50 years old or older and be located in the student's community.

c. Note how the building or site was endangered and what happened that led to its preservation.

d. What steps did the owner or community take to preserve the building?  How can others in the community or elsewhere learn from what happened in this instance?  In other words, what would you advise others in a similar situation to do?

4. Photographs or Other Illustrations. Students must include at least three original color images of the historic building, site or structure described in the accompanying essay.  Email submissions with digital images are encouraged; however, for entries submitted by mail, images must be embedded within the essay text and included on an enclosed CD.  If a student does not have access to a camera or if this requirement causes a hardship, judges will accept another illustration (drawing, sketch, painting, etc.) of the subject property.  All photographs or illustrations must have been completed by the student on or after August 1, 2010. Entries will be judged, in part, on the quality and content of the photographic images or illustration.  No photographs or illustrations will be returned.

5. Entry Form. Students must submit a signed entry form along with their essay and photograph. An official entry form follows.

6. Local Decision-Maker Contact. Students are required to submit a copy of their photo-essay submission to a local decision-maker (mayor, city council or commission member, county judge-executive, magistrate, school board member, etc.) and identify that person on the official entry form.

7. Where to Submit Photo-Essays.
To submit via mail: Enclose two hard copies of the original essay with at least three embedded photos, a CD with Jpeg or TIFF images, and one copy of a completed official entry form and mail to:

Kentucky Heritage Council
Attn: 2011 Photo-Essay Competition
300 Washington Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

Images for mail-in submissions: The maximum photograph or illustration size should be saved as a TIFF or Jpeg on an enclosed CD.  The CD should be labeled with the entrant's name, school, and the title of the image.  When saving the images on CD, please indicate what the judge is viewing with an explanatory label, e.g. front view of building.  Each photograph or illustration included on the CD should be embedded within the essay text.

To submit via email: Essays must be submitted as attachments in MS Word or PDF format.  A signed entry form should also be scanned and attached to the email.  Each email submission should include attached photos or illustrations, the essay, and the entry form. Please do not email these items in separate emails. Email to info@preservationkentucky.org. Please title the email: 2011 Photo-Essay Submission

Images for email submissions: Photographs or illustrations should not exceed 100dpi and should be saved in a Jpeg or TIFF format.  For judging or publication purposes, judges may request a higher-quality image.  When saving the images, please indicate what the judge is viewing with an explanatory label, e.g. front view of building.

Prizes, Selection of Winners, and Notification

1. Prizes. Cash and other prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place photo-essays in each of the three contest categories: Primary (Grades 1-5), Intermediate (Grades 6-8) and Secondary (Grades 9-12).  Each prizewinner and competition participant will also receive a certificate of recognition.  The top three students in each category will be recognized during an awards ceremony to be scheduled in mid- to late May 2011 in Frankfort.

2. Publication. The first-, second- and third-place essays and accompanying photographs or illustrations become the property of the Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky, Inc. and will be published in their newsletters and on their websites, heritage.ky.gov and preservationkentucky.org.

Both the Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky retain the right to publish or excerpt from any of the submitted essays and print or copy any of the photographs or illustrations in their newsletters or on websites prepared by either organization.  Essays and/or photographs may also appear in other newsletters or publications.  Students will be fully credited in all such publications. Students should keep a copy of their submission for themselves, as the essays and images will not be returned.

3. Selection and Notification. Members and staff of the Kentucky Heritage Council, and board and staff of Preservation Kentucky will judge photo-essay entries and select the first-, second- and third-place winners in all three categories.  Notification of award selections will be made no later than Friday, April 29, 2011.

Upon notification, Preservation Kentucky staff will coordinate PowerPoint arrangements with the top finisher in each category regarding his or her role in the awards ceremony.

A Word to Teachers and Parents

The Kentucky Heritage Council has information about historic places in Kentucky to help students better prepare for writing their essay and photographing historic buildings, sites and structures.  For more information or if you have questions about any of this material, visit the Heritage Council website or call Preservation Kentucky at 502-871-4570.

For More Information

Diane Comer
Kentucky Heritage Council
(502) 564-7005, ext. 120
diane.comer@ky.gov

Rachel Kennedy
Preservation Kentucky, Inc.
(502) 871-4570
director@preservationkentucky.org

 

 

Presentation of the 2011 Photo-Essay Competition awards was sponsored in part by Community Trust Bank. 13th Annual Statewide Photo-Essay Competition award winners are:

High School Division (Grades 9-12)
Andrew Segal, 11th grade, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville
Helping Everybody by Helping Yourself

Middle School
(Grades 6-8)
Mason Miller, 6th grade, Harlan Independent Schools
Putney Ranger Station

Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
Drayden Zaring, 5th grade, Holy Trinity School, Prospect
The Henry Clay Hotel

Competition Guidelines
[PDF - 29KB]

 

Winning photos and essays from the 2010 Photo-Essay Competition
 

Portal 31
Mason Miller - Portal 31 essay [PDF - 133KB] and photo [TIF - 9,427KB]

Roxy Theater
Alicyn Newman - Roxy Theatre essay [PDF - 140KB] and photo [TIF - 2,508KB]

The Younglove Building
Ethan Evans - The Younglove Building essay [PDF - 127KB] and photo [TIF - 4,484KB]

Kate York Campbell House
Samantha Williams - A House for Kate essay [PDF - 135KB] and photo [TIF - 2,473KB]

Samuel May House
Brittany Gibson - Samuel May House essay [PDF - 89KB] and photo [TIF - 5,639KB

 

Last Updated 9/4/2013