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Fall foliage photo contest opens at Erie County Parks

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Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 10:35 am

County residents encouraged to submit colorful park photos for posting, prizes

The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry has announced a photo contest, open to Erie County residents, that focuses on the beauty of Erie County's 10,000-acre parks system. From Oct. 1-21, residents are encouraged to grab their cameras and head for the Erie County park of their choosing to capture digital images of beautiful fall foliage, serene park scenes, or other natural beauty in the parks.

Rules for the contest can be viewed at http://www2.erie.gov/parks/.

"Our parks are beautiful throughout the year, but that beauty is highlighted even more by the brilliance of fall foliage," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. "These next few weeks will provide ample opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to snap a few pictures of their favorite sights in our Erie County parks and share them with the world through the parks website and social media. The top three submissions will be recognized with prizes, as well, so I encourage residents to come to our parks for a great autumn experience."

Participants who live in Erie County can enter by posting their photos on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #FallforECParks. Only one entry per person can be submitted, and each submission must note which park the photo was taken at and, if possible, the location in the park. Only horizontal photos may be submitted, with the photos being reused by the Erie County Parks Department on its website and social media outlets.

"Our park system is expansive, unique and full of natural wonders," Erie County Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Troy P. Schinzel said. "October is a wonderful month to enjoy the crisp fall air and stunning natural beauty that our parks offer in abundance, so we are hoping many residents will come out to showcase that beauty in their photos."

Parks Department personnel will judge submitted entries, with prizes awarded for the top three photos. The first-place photo will be used as the cover photo on the Parks' Department Facebook and Twitter pages and the entrant will receive a voucher for a shelter rental at any Erie County Park (up to $120); the second-place photo will receive a voucher for a shelter rental at any Erie County Park (up to $70); and the third-place photo will receive a half-gallon of 100 percent pure maple syrup from the Erie County forest.

Entries will be posted on the Parks Department social media accounts as they are received through Oct. 21.

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