50th Anniversary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park
Call for Photographers
2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park! Whether you prefer to bike miles each weekend, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the river’s edge with your camera, drop a line and wait for the big one to bite, or soak up 200 years of history, the C&O Canal has the outdoor recreation adventure for you!
Stretching 184.5 miles along the Potomac River from Georgetown in Washington D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland, the C&O Canal hosts over 5 million visitors each year who enjoy its recreational, cultural, historical, and natural resources. Originally built as a transportation route to move goods from western producers to eastern markets, the nearly 200-year-old canal retains historic lockhouses, aqueducts, culverts, and a continuous towpath that links bikers and hikers to the GAP Trail.
There are hundreds of fascinating photos in the Park just waiting to be taken!
Announcing the C&O Canal 50th Photo Competition
This competition is open to photographers at any level of expertise and equipment, including cell phones. Photographs will be chosen by a selection committee and exhibited at the Washington County Arts Council galleries between May 6 and June 1, 2021.
This competition is open to photographers at any level of expertise and equipment, including cell phones. Photographers can be from any geographic region but must be able to deliver and pick up artwork from the Washington County Arts Council in Hagerstown, MD. Photographs will be chosen by a selection committee and exhibited at the Washington County Arts Council galleries between May 6 and June 1, 2021.
Entrants must upload all required files (submission form, model release form(s), and image(s)) to the Washington County Arts Council’s DropBox folder “C&O 50th Photographs” by Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5pm using this link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/yeLYTljUQuy5X1XuRkcp
Detailed instructions are in the call. Photographers whose work has been selected will be notified by April 16, 2021. Chosen photographers will drop off their selected works Tuesday, May 4, 2021 between 11am and 5pm at the Washington County Arts Council, 34 S. Potomac St, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Pick up of artwork is Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 3pm-5pm. The Washington County Arts Council does not ship artwork.
Photo entries will be juried by a group of visual arts professionals and educators based on artistic and technical merit and overall impact according to the entry standards listed below.
Please note that by submitting a photo to the contest, you are agreeing to the following: By entering the contest, entrants agree to consent in perpetuity to the use of the photograph(s) submitted for entry by Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the C&O Canal Trust (Trust) or any other designees of the CVB or Trust (including any agency, client, periodical or other publication) in exchange for acknowledgement of photographer in photo credit whenever possible. This consent applies in all forms known now or in the future, in all media and in all manners, including but not limited to advertising, art, editorial, electronic and exhibition. Acceptance of submitted photos for judging is conditional upon all rules and regulations being followed by the entrant and proper identification of photo.
Washington County Arts Council
34 S Potomac St, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740