New photo con­test for

Mem­phrem­a­gog

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Thecul­tural com­mit­tee of the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Que­bec Min­istry of Cul­ture and Le Re­flet du lac, have an­nounced a new pho­tog­ra­phy con­test, Typ­ique­ment Mem­phrem­a­gog, to raise aware­ness about pro­tect­ing the land­scape.

Re­cently, the MRC car­ried out two stud­ies on the ter­ri­tory’s cul­tural land­scape with the aim of iden­ti­fy­ing spe­cial places and un­der­stand­ing bet­ter the pub­lic’s at­tach­ment to them. The rec­om­men­da­tions that came out of the stud­ies will in­form fu­ture de­ci­sions on the pro­tec­tion of ar­eas of in­ter­est.

Now the cul­tural com­mit­tee would like to make the pub­lic think about these ‘cul­tural land­scapes’ with its new con­test. Ac­cord­ing to the law about Que­bec cul­tural her­itage, a ‘cul­tural land­scape’ is a “ter­ri­tory well-known for its re­mark­able land­scape char­ac­ter­is­tics that de­serves to be val­ued for its his­toric or sym­bolic in­ter­est.”

“With this con­test, we are ask­ing pho­tog­ra­phers, am­a­teur or pro­fes­sional, to send us their pho­tos of cul­tural land­scapes in the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC,” com­mented Mr. Page. “We want to know about those land­scapes and why people are at­tached to them.”

To be el­i­gi­ble for the con­test, the pho­tos must show land­scapes where hu­mans have left a mark. They can be ei­ther well-known or lit­tle-known ar­eas. The ob­jec­tive is to know the essence of our re­gion and to dis­cover cul­tural land­scapes that are “typ­i­cally Mem­phrem­a­gog”.

The con­test will take place mostly over the in­ter­net at typ­ique­ment­mem­phrem­a­gog.com., from June 2nd to Au­gust 15th, 2014. More in­for­ma­tion and how to en­ter the con­test can all be found at that site. There will be three prizes: Jury’s Prize; Par­tic­i­pant’s Prize; and the Pub­lic’s Prize. People will be able to visit the site to see the pho­to­graphs and vote on their favourites.

Photo cour­tesy Louise Cham­poux

Seen here at the launch of the Typ­ique­ment Mem­phré­m­a­gog con­test is (l. to r.) Michael Page, mayor of North Hat­ley and pres­i­dent of the MRC’s cul­tural com­mit­tee, Jean-Charles Belle­mare, MRC de­vel­op­ment agent, and Louise Cham­poux, com­mu­ni­ca­tions coun­sel­lor, all mem­bers of the jury.

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