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Entries for community photo contest sought

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The sixth annual Friends of Chilama Photo Contest is under way and will run through May 1.

The contest, which benefits the rural community of Chilama, El Salvador, has two categories: people and pets, and nature and wildlife.

There will be a winner and six honorable mentions in each category, with each winner receiving a $100 prize. There also is a youth category, which includes students through eighth grade, and the winner will receive $25.

All photographers must be amateurs.

The entry fee is $10 a photo for adults and $5 for students in elementary school, high school or college.  

The fee should be enclosed in an envelope and taped to the back of the photo mat. Checks should be made out to US-El Salvador Sister Cities.

Photos can be in color or black and white. They must be 8-by-10 and matted in a white, cream or beige 11-by-14 mat.

Each entry must have the entrant’s name, address, phone number and email address on the back of the photo mat, along with the category and title of the photo.

Entries should be dropped off at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake. Office hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday.

The Friends of Chilama Photo Awards Gala will be at the Raue Center at a time to be announced. 

Photos may be picked up after the photo exhibit this summer.

Friends of Chilama is a member of US-El Salvador Sister Cities and a McHenry County-based organization that sisters a small community in El Salvador and works to promote human rights for the rural poor. Money raised will support an ongoing regional health care project and the purchase of land for grazing cows.

For information, email Libby Pappalardo at or call 815-455-3683.

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