The August 14 deadline is nearing for the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest. The contest is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Historic Railroad Bridge in Mill City, and is hosted by Marion County Public Works and the Save Our Bridge Committee in Mill City. All interested photographers are invited to submit up to two photos for each of the following categories: Natural Setting, Architectural Features, Community Life, and Seasonal.
One grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize and the four category winners will each receive $125 cash prizes thanks to the generosity of the photo contest's sponsor, Santiam Hospital of Stayton.
Entries must be submitted by 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Photos will remain the property of the contestant, but by entering the contest photographers grant Marion County and the City of Mill City the rights to publicly display and reproduce the photo in future publications, websites, and programs. Only digital photos will be accepted.
The panel of judges includes Colm Willis, Marion County Commissioner; Dr. Michelle Pies, Santiam Hospital; Todd Miller, superintendent of Santiam Canyon School District; Ken Cartwright, station manager and programming director of KYAC 94.9 FM; and, Brian Nicholas, director of Marion County Public Works. The panel will select the five winning photographs based on overall quality, creativity and how well the photograph portrays the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge in the four listed categories
Winning contestants will receive their awards at Mill City's Historic Railroad Bridge Centennial Celebration on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Mill City where their winning photos will be framed and put on a display. Following the celebration, these photographs will also be displayed at the City of Mill City and Marion County Public Works offices, and the digital images on the city's and county's websites.
Mill City's Historic Railroad Bridge was built in 1888 and moved to Mill City by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1919. The railroad suspended service to Mill City in 1967 and the last train crossed it in 1971. It now serves the community as a well-used bike and pedestrian bridge and is the last remaining Phoenix Column Bridge still in service in Oregon.
To submit photo entries and view the full list of contest rules, go to www.millcitybridge.com.