By MAP Task Force 3—
Muncie, IN—In January, 2021, Task Force 3 organized a group of MAP board members and committed community leaders to develop a “pro-Muncie” marketing campaign. The idea was to create a way that people could collaboratively share the things that they love about living in Muncie while also observing safe social distancing guidelines.
Among the many ideas discussed was a quarterly themed photo contest that in which people could share images of their favorite features of our fair city. The first of these contests kicks off this month with “SpringZing,” an homage to a once-annual downtown family event.
Participants will post their favorite springtime photos on Facebook or Instagram with @MuncieActionPlan and #SpringZing hashtags to enter. Photos can be of flowers blooming, birds chirping, open-toe sandals making their debut, or anything that says “spring is in the air” in Muncie, IN.
Participants are also encouraged to include a caption, description, and location.
April 30th, one winner will be selected from each of three categories:
- Best-Loved Award – The photo with the most social media likes and shares. So post your photo and spread the word.
- Judge’s Choice Award – Each contest will have a local celebrity “guest judge” to select a winner. Our inaugural judge will be Judy Benken, owner of Normandy Flowers in Muncie.
- Storyteller Award – As determined by the members of MAP Task Force 3, the photo that best tells a story that fits the SpringZing theme.
Winners will receive a large canvas print of their winning photo, courtesy of Aspect 6 Creative; a DWNTWN gift basket full of goodies from downtown Muncie businesses, courtesy of Muncie Downtown Development Partnership; a “surprise” Muncie Map Company gift, courtesy of Polcz Volbrecht Homes at Coldwell Banker; and of course, bragging rights.
Official rules are below. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Task Force 3 is chaired by Susan Volbrecht, from Coldwell Banker. Task force members include Mitch Isaacs (Shafer Leadership Academy), Jennifer Jas (editor), Roni Johnson (MAP Board member), Traci Lutton (Muncie Delaware County Economic Alliance), Allison Robbins (Aspect 6 Creative), Ty Morton (Tylonius Studio), Steve Slavin (Coldwell Banker), Shantanu Suman (Ball State University) and Erin Williams (Muncie Arts and Culture Council).
SpringZing Photo Contest Guidelines
The first themed photo contest of 2021 debuts in Muncie with the theme “SpringZing.” The photo contest encourages participation by everyone and is designed to bring out the creativity of the people in Muncie and showcase the beauty and bloom of our city. The contest is coordinated by Muncie Action Plan Task Force 3, whose goal is to strengthen the pride and image of Muncie. Prizes will be awarded to the top photos in each of the three winning categories:
- Best-Loved Award, most social media likes and shares.
- Judge’s Choice Award, as determined by the guest judge for this contest, Judy Benken, owner of Normandy Flowers in Muncie.
- Storyteller Award, as determined by the members of MAP Task Force 3, who will look at the photo’s ability to tell a story that fits the SpringZing theme, plus any description the photographer posts along with the photo.
SpringZing Photo Contest Guidelines:
SpringZing Photo Contest, showcasing the beauty and bloom of Muncie in springtime.
This photo contest is open to anyone.
Photos must be taken within Delaware County, Indiana.
Post photos between April 1st, 2021 and April 30th, 2021.
Post publicly on Facebook or Instagram with @MuncieActionPlan and #SpringZing hashtags to be entered in the contest.
Photographers are encouraged to include a caption, such as a description, location, and date it was taken, and share photos across social media.
Prizes include: a large canvas print of each winning photo, a DWNTWN gift basket full of goodies from downtown Muncie businesses, and other valuable Muncie-themed gifts and gift certificates.
After the close of the contest and winners are chosen, MAP Task Force 3 members will reach out to the winners through their social media accounts.
During the contest, MAP Task Force 3 will promote the photos and encourage participation and online likes and shares. After the contest, they will promote the winning photos and runners-up, giving credit to the photographers.
Disclaimer: Committee members reserve the right to remove/disqualify at their sole discretion any photo that they deem inappropriate.
And most of all, have fun as you showcase SpringZing in Muncie!
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