Discover Kodiak looking for photos to fill visitor's guide

KODIAK — If you have a unique photo of a Kodiak brown bear or the Crab Fest survival suit races, send it to Discover Kodiak for a chance to win up to $500 and a spot in the next visitor’s guide.

Discover Kodiak has started the hunt for photos for the 2014 Discover Kodiak Visitor Guide and hopes to find photos of scenery, wildlife, people, activities and town life.

“Last year we got almost 1,200 (photos), so I would hope to get something similar,” Discover Kodiak member services specialist Chastity Starrett said.

Specifically, Discover Kodiak hopes to receive images of Crab Fest, sea otters, whales, the Alaska Marine Highway ferries Tustumena or Kennicott, and camping around Kodiak.

The photos submitted will not only be used for the guide, but will be used in online marketing promotions to promote Kodiak tourism.

“We also take all those photos and use them throughout the year,” Starrett said. “The people whose photos we used last year are on our website, on our ads and backgrounds. Every year we want to get photos we can use.”

Discover Kodiak will again award cash prizes fir the top photos. First place is $500, second place is $250 and third place is $125. The top three photos will also receive consideration for the cover photo. Fourth place and fifth place will receive Discover Kodiak logo wear. All photos will be considered for inclusion on the website and interior of the guide.

Discover Kodiak will also choose several images for postcards. Last year, four images were chosen for postcards.

“We usually start making new postcards when we run low,” Starrett said.

The cover photos will be chosen by a selection committee and the board of directors.

The contest is open to professional and amateur photographers. Photographers can submit up to 25 of their favorite high-resolution photos. The photos should be submitted on a CD marked with a name, address, phone and email and delivered to Discover Kodiak. The submission deadline is Sept. 9.

For more information, contact Discover Kodiak at 486-4782.

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