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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Des Plaines Public Library Winter Holiday Photo Contest - win a gift card!

Well, like it or not, the snow, ice and cold have arrived! I'm not one of those folks who finds the cold "invigorating" but even I can admit that winter has its special charms, particularly during the holiday times. Snow makes driving a nuisance but a pine tree covered with fresh, untouched snow makes a lovely sight. Last night I was grasping the steering wheel in panic as I slowly made my way home, but I did chuckle at some of the over-the-top Christmas decorations I saw!

So, here's an idea to warm you up and get your creative, community spirit going: a winter holiday photo contest!
Show us the best part of wintertime and the holidays in Des Plaines, IL. The details:
  • The contest is open to all Des Plaines Public Library cardholders only. Please, no DPPL employees or employee family members.

  • What we need: your best digital photos of winter scenes and holiday celebrations in Des Plaines, IL (or suburbs where our other cardholders live). Your kids building a lopsided snowman. Your neighbor's awesome Christmas lights. Beautiful icicles hanging from a church window, carolers outside your front door, a procession for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a glowing menorah. Please briefly identify the scene in each photo.

  • How many? Each cardholder can submit as many as 4 (four) photos. Photos must be your own, local work - please, no copying and pasting from the Internet!

  • Where? Email photos to Please, resize photos to no more than 1024 X 768, and files no larger than 100 kb. If necessary, send each photo in a separate email. In each email include: your name, home address and your DPPL card number, please.

  • What will we do with the photos? All submitted photos will be included in our holiday-themed slideshow, which will appear on the Library's home page between December 23, 2008 - January 2, 2009. After January 2, the slideshow of photos will appear on the Library's "Life in Des Plaines" Web page through the month of February 2009. We will not identify people in the photos, for the sake of privacy.

  • Where does the "contest" part come in? The first 10 cardholders to submit at least one photo will receive complimentary admission for four guests to the Museum of Science & Industry and its "Christmas Around the World/Holidays of Light" exhibit, now through January 4, 2009. (If you want to submit photos but are not interested in the free passes, just let us know if your email.)

    cardholders who submit at least one photo will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $25 gift card to the winner's choice: Jewel Food Store, Panera Bread or Borders Bookstore.

  • When...? All photos must be received no later than noon (12 PM) on Monday, December 22, 2008. The drawing will be held on December 22 at 5 PM and the winner will be contacted via email.
Good luck! I'm looking forward to seeing your creative work and sharing lots of good things about Des Plaines with the rest of the world!

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