New photo contest for
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.
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.