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Off of successful writing contest, CATS starts photo event

CATS is seeking entries for its first travel photography contest.

CATS is seeking entries for its first travel photography contest.

— Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has launched its first photo contest called “A View from the Trails.” Participants are asked to submit a photograph taken from a CATS trail along with a short 25-100 word caption about the picture.

“We invite people to send in their favorite photos and include few words about each picture—it can be about why they hiked there that day, what happened during the hike, who they walked with, what it made them think of, or anything else that inspired the picture,” said Jen Zahorchak, the CATS communications manager. “The winning entrée will win $250 and People’s Choice prize with the most online votes is $100; so it is definitely worth the time to submit one or a several photos along with captions.”

The photo contest is part of a continuing effort CATS is pursuing to boost the local economy through outdoor recreation based tourism. It has already held three travel-writing contests for people to describe hiking trails, visiting town, historic sites and businesses, and meeting local people.

“People research vacation destinations online, so as they look into visiting the northeast, we want them to see pictures and travel articles about New York’s Champlain Valley and get inspired to come here, enjoy the outdoors, patronize local businesses, and then tell others about it,” added Chris Maron, CATS executive director.

The CATS photo contest, underwritten with a grant from the J.C. Kellogg Foundation, will run through May 15 with prizes awarded this summer. Entrants should submit their photos to catscontest@gmail.com. For more information, please visit champlainareatrails.com/contest or call 962-2287.

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