2012 Photo Contest Info & Rules

***See our list of 2012 PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

We had so much fun with our photo contest last year that we've decided to have another one! And in response to photographer's request, this year we've added a third category: CREATIVE OR EXPERIMENTAL, in addition to COLOR and BLACK & WHITE.

Crown Hill is the 3rd largest cemetery in the United States with 550 acres of rolling hills and beautiful landscapes. The seasons are stunning as they change from one to another, and from March through October the north gate is open until 8 pm so you can photograph during the "Golden Hour" when the light is magical. In addition, we have many Public Tours which end at sunset, allowing photographers to capture images of the city at a beautiful hour. From the top of the "Crown" one can see a 360-degree view of the entire skyline. We invite you to join us this year for our 2012 Photo Contest. ENTRY DEADLINE is Friday, November 2, 2012  (New Deadline!) NOVEMBER 9 at 5:00 pm!

Please see the list of our 2011 PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS.

INFO & RULES for our 2012 Photo Contest:
1. This contest is open to professional and amateur photographers of all ages.
2. There will be three categories for entries, Color, Black & White, and
Creative or Experimental. (new this year!). 
3. All images must be printed, mounted on a solid and firm backing (i.e. foamcore, but
not poster board or any thin material), then matted with an overlay mat. A simple mat to compliment the photo is best, generally white, black, or gray work well, and sometimes using a colored mat that matches a color in the photo works well too. Photos and mats must be attached securely. Please note that double-stick tape or simple glue will not be adequate.
4. Photos should be no smaller than 8" x10" or no larger than 11" x 14". The unmatted portion of the print must not be smaller than 7" x 9" or 63 square inches.  
5. The outside dimensions of the matted entry must be exactly 11" x 14". Other sizes will be disqualified.
6. If your image itself is exactly 
11" x 14", it can be mounted on a solid backing, such as foamcore, without an overlay mat on top.
7. Photographers are limited to three entries total. They can all be in one category or split between the three.
8. While digital photography lends itself to all kinds of creative manipulations, entries must be limited to simple adjustments like brightness, contrast, tone, white balance, cropping, etc. Manipulated images will be disqualified --- except for the Creative category! Have fun with this one!
9. Photos taken since January 2005 are eligible.
10. Photos entered into previous Crown Hill Cemetery Photo Contests (or versions of the same) are not eligible and will be disqualified.

WHAT TO PHOTOGRAPH (and what NOT to photograph):
You may photograph anything inside Crown Hill Cemetery that is open to the public during regular operating hours, including on our Public Tours at night, noted on our
Online Calendar and our Public Tours page. This would include trees, flowers, landscapes, weather, sunsets, wildlife, monuments, buildings, details, public events where photos can be taken (i.e. Memorial Day), etc.

You must show the utmost respect in choosing your subject matter. You may not photograph anything which would infringe upon another person's privacy, including funerals, memorial services, visitors at grave sites, etc. Photographs of this nature will be disqualified.
The cemetery staff reserves the right to disqualify any image found to be objectionable. 

WHEN: the ENTRY DEADLINE is on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5 p.m.  
(New Deadline!) NOVEMBER 9 at 5:00 pm!

Entries will
only be accepted during regular office hours on Saturday, October 27 through Friday, November 2, 2012. 
(New Deadline!) NOVEMBER 9 at 5:00 pm!

Entries submitted before Oct. 27 or after 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 will not be accepted. (New Deadline!) NOVEMBER 9 at 5:00 pm!

WHERE: your entry or entries must be delivered to the Crown Hill Funeral Home, located at 700 W. 38th Street (38th St. & Clarendon Rd.) You can locate the Crown Hill Funeral Home easily on this interactive Google Map. 

ENTRY FEE: There is no entry fee. All entries will become the property of Crown Hill Cemetery, Funeral Home, and Heritage Foundation. Entries will not be returned.

ENTRY FORMS: A separate entry form for each entry must be completed and signed, then attached securely to the back of your entry in the upper left corner. Information from previous contests must be removed. No names, titles, awards, etc., are allowed on the front of your entry.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Hill Cemetery, Funeral Home, and Heritage Foundation may reprint or post your image(s) in various future publications, on our websites, social media sites, etc. We will always give you photo credit when possible. Please note that you will always retain the copyright to your image(s).

Images will be judged by at least two photography professionals. The judge's decisions will be final. Cash awards & ribbons will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place photos in each category, as well as up to five Honorable Mentions in each category. Of the three 1st Place photos, a Best of Show award will be given. Cash awards are as follows: Best of Show - $100; 1st Place - $75; 2nd Place - $50; 3rd Place - $25; and Honorable Mention - $10. Photographers are eligible for multiple awards.

Winners will be announced and awards presented at a private Photographer's Reception (date to be announced in an invitation to each photographer), 

The Public Opening will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery office during regular office hours. Photos will be displayed in the Crown Hill Funeral Home's beautiful new Celebration Hall through January 6, 2013, and possibly longer. (Not all photos will be displayed.)

Please contact Marty Davis at mdavis@crownhill.org (best option), or at 317.920.2644.

Crown Hill Funeral Home, Cemetery, and Heritage Foundation employees and their family members are not eligible to enter the contest.