As a subject for the lens, cemeteries around the world attract photographers of all skill levels. Taking advantage of this inherent interest, Inglewood Park Cemetery invites photographers throughout Southern California to participate in a new photography contest, which launches officially on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
The contest, entitled “City of Angels,” focuses on the 115-year-old cemetery’s numerous stone angels scattered throughout the memorial park, some dating back to the cemetery’s early start. Two categories will be open: “Pure Photography” for images employing the art of color or black & white photography with minimal evident post-processing or special effects; and “Creative Eye” which allows for greater imaging freedom.
The contest is open to amateurs, photography enthusiasts and professionals alike over the age of 18. The last day for submissions is November 30, and judging will occur in December. There is no entry fee.
“We have a remarkable and historic setting that has attracted photographers over our many years,” said general manager, Rick Miller.
“But with our new brand message, ‘Soul of the City of Angels,’ it only made sense for this contest to honor all the historic angel monuments installed throughout the cemetery. It’s one of the many unique features that people remark on when they visit.”
All rules and details are posted online on the cemetery’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/InglewoodParkCemeteryCA) or at www.IPC-PhotoContest.com. Photo entries must be submitted electronically via the cemetery’s Facebook page or contest website (plus an entry form which must be mailed in). Judging will be by online votes plus a juried panel of photography experts in early December.
Photographers of all kinds at all levels are encouraged to participate. The contest provides a unique and COVID-safe photographic opportunity that image-makers are seeking during the pandemic.
Each category will have three winners. The first-place prize entry in each category will win $500, the second-place prize entry will win $250, third-place prize earns $100.
According to Mr. Miller, the six winning photographs along with a selection of other noteworthy entries will be exhibited online, and perhaps in a future live exhibit depending on the safe return of physical gatherings.
“Over the past 100-plus years, there have been so many incredible features that have come to grace our property, from beautiful historic mausoleums to magnificent works of stained glass art to our magnificent stone angels,” added Mr. Miller. “I think all who come out to capture Inglewood Park Cemetery with their cameras will see something to excite their artistic sensibilities.”
For more information about the “City of Angels” Photography Contest at Inglewood Park Cemetery, visit the website www.IPC-PhotoContest.com, the cemetery’s Facebook page or email [email protected]