The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for the best photos of the fun, frolic, and iconic buildings and scenery, from Oregon’s Coastal Playground.

“We call this place Oregon’s Coastal Playground for a reason,” says Bettina Hannigan, the Chamber’s executive director, “so we’re looking for outstanding amateur or professional photos that convey our coastal playground theme.”

Hannigan says the winner will collect a $250 cash prize, have their submitted photo featured in the Chamber’s resource guide and other printed marketing pieces, on their website, and in social media. A panel of Chamber members will decide the winner.

“Tourism is our leading industry, the backbone of our economy and quality of life. It accounts for 1300 jobs and 127 million dollars flowing through our community,” says Hannigan. “The best photos will express how great a destination Florence is for vacationing.

“So download your best photos from you smartphone or camera and send us your highest resolution photos showing the best of our area’s scenery, iconic buildings and natural locations, and with you and your family having fun here in Oregon’s Coastal Playground,” she adds. “Photos from in town, around town, and from the natural areas within 20 to 25 miles of Florence will be eligible.”

The contest is open to Florence area residents and visitors from all over the world. Amateurs and professionals alike are encouraged to enter. Portrait-oriented photos stand the best chance of being used in print media, though landscape-oriented photos are just as encouraged.

“I especially want to encourage amateur photographers to enter. We need photos of real people enjoying our area. Family photo album kinds of pictures stand a good chance of winning. Do not be deterred by the fact that professionals might enter the contest,” says Hannigan.

Deadline for entry is September 29, 2017. The winner will be notified within seven days by e-mail. By entering the contest, contestants state they have ownership and rights to submit the photo, that the photo is free of encumbrance by other entities, and give the Chamber unlimited rights for the use of photos in its publicity and marketing materials. Entrants do not give up exclusive rights for future use of the photos for their own private use. Entrants must provide signed waivers (photo release forms) granting the Chamber permission to use the image or likeness of anyone included in the photo. Entrants under the age of 18 must have permission of a parent or guardian. For more contest information, entry forms, and image release waivers visit FlorenceChamber.com/Contest, call 541-997-3128, or e-mail Contest@FlorenceChamber.com.