CRYSTAL LAKE – The sixth annual Friends of Chilama Photo Contest is under way and will run through May 1. The contest is a benefit for the rural community of Chilama, El Salvador.
The photo contest has two categories: people and pets, and nature and wildlife. There will be a winner and 10 honorable mentions in each category, with each winner receiving a $100 prize. There also is a youth category that includes all 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, high school or college. The fee should be enclosed in an envelope and taped to the back of the photo mat. All checks should be made out to US-El Salvador Sister Cities.
Photos can be in color or black and white. They must be 8 inches by 10 inches and matted in a white, cream or beige 11-by-14-inch 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 the title of the photo.
All entries should be dropped off at the Raue Center for the Arts at 26 N. Wiliams 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 announce the winners and honorable mentions will be at 6 p.m. at the Raue Center. All winning photos and those with an honorable mention will be hung in a special exhibit at the Raue Center throughout the month of June.
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 help support an ongoing regional healthcare project and the purchase of additional land for grazing cows.
For information, contact Libby Pappalardo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-455-3683.