With its revitalized downtown, historical significance and emerging arts scene, Ardmore is certainly photogenic. And starting Monday, residents can show off downtown Ardmore photos in a picture contest from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
A part of the commission's , the contest allows amateur and professional photographers to vie for best photo in one of the 20 designated classic towns.
“This is a fun opportunity to show why we love our Classic Towns,” DVRPC Executive Director Barry Seymour said in a news release. “Our goal is to help spread the love for Classic Towns so people embrace them as great places to live, work, and play.”
Ardmore was .
The contest, called "I Love Classic Towns," is broken down into seven different categories: community, local history, main street, parks and recreation, people, residential and seasonal.
The group plans to award $100 for the top image in each category. A $500 judge’s choice prize and $300 voter’s choice prize will also be awarded. Winning photographs will hit the road as part of an exhibit starting in Philadelphia and continuing to the Classic Towns.
Since classic towns designation was founded in 2004, the planning commission has named 20 such communities. In addition to Ardmore, these towns in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are "classic"—Ambler, Bordentown City, Bristol Borough, Collingswood, Germantown, Glassboro, Haddon Heights, Kennett Square, Lansdale, Lansdowne, Manayunk, Media, Merchantville, Moorestown, New Hope, Overbrook Farms, Phoenixville, Souderton/Telford, and West Chester.
Contest rules call for photos taken on or after Jan. 1, 2010. People may submit through April 14, 2012. From there, online voting will take place from April 15 to May 14. Winners should be announced by July 31.
For complete submission requirements and contest rules, visit the Classic Towns website at www.classictowns.org.
Feel free to post great Ardmore photos here, too.
The DVRPC is also currerntly establishing a new Public Participation Task Force to "ensure the involvement of a diverse range of our region’s residents in the planning process."
"The mission of the task force is to provide ongoing access to the regional planning and decision-making process, to review timely issues, to serve as a conduit for DVRPC information to organizations and communities across the region, and to assist the Commission in implementing public outreach strategies.
"The DVRPC board will select twelve Task Force members representing each county (Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, and Mercer) and core city (Chester, Trenton, and Camden) represented by DVRPC. The remaining 12 at-large members will be selected through an application process that runs through March 1.
"DVRPC is seeking applicants with an interest in planning, knowledge of regional issues, a history of civic engagement, and effective communication skills. Task Force membership will also strive to reflect the region’s geographic, ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity. Individuals interested in serving as members of the Task Force must submit an application outlining their qualifications and experience by March 1, 2012. Applications will be made available to the public at libraries throughout the region as well as online at www.dvrpc.org."