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Posted on: October 22, 2010

[ARCHIVED] 2010 Photography Contest Underway


Calling all photographers — youth, amateur and professional! Hidalgo County’s 2010 Photography Contest, “New Beginnings,” starts today and runs through November 24.

This is the third year for the county’s photography contest. Winners’ works from previous years grace the public spaces of Hidalgo County such as the tax office, the county clerk’s office and, soon, the district clerk’s office and the remainder of the courthouse. Winners’ photography has also been incorporated into the banners on Hidalgo County’s award-winning website.

“We strive to put local talent on display,” said Karina Cardoza, director of the Executive Office-Division of Public Affairs, which has hosted the contest in conjunction with various county departments over the past two years. “This contest is not about winning a big money prize, but rather the satisfaction that one gets from having their work hang and be recognized day after day in very, very public places. We have the venue, and our people have the talent. We just wanted to find a way to bring it all together for the benefit of everyone.”

The deadline for the 2010 Hidalgo County Photography Contest is November 24, 2010, and all digital submissions must be done online at There are four categories – Culture, Nature, People and Places — and shooters may turn in up to three photos in each category. First through fifth places will be awarded in each category, for a total of 20 winning images. Winners will be chosen based on overall quality of the image and how well the image captures the theme, “New Beginnings.”

“This year’s theme conjures up images such as sunrises, babies, birthdays, New Year’s Day festivities, or new start up businesses. However the artist interprets ‘New Beginnings,’ will be interesting to see,” Cardoza said.

For more information on the 2010 Hidalgo County Photography Contest, please visit

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