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Fairland and Briggs Chaney Spring Photo Contest

Submission period: April 25-July 31, 2022

The Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan team invites aspiring and professional artists to submit a photo that captures the true essence of the local community. Submitted photos may be included in the actual master plan document, for marketing, and in promotions leading up to final adoption of the master plan by the Planning Board and Montgomery County Council.

There are five dominant languages spoken (Amharic, Spanish, Vietnamese, French and English) in the study area of the Master Plan. Although 40% of residents speak English as a second language at home, 28% of residents speak English less than “very well.” The Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan team wishes to engage the community by using photography to help bridge language barriers and encourage diverse perspectives to participate in this planning. By holding this photo contest for the community, we hope to breakdown cultural barriers and provide a unique opportunity to incorporate photos of the community (with active people) into the Master Plan document.

Contest Basics

Study area and proposed master plan boundary. Click map to enlarge.

Submitted photos should be taken in the study area and proposed master plan boundary. All images must be taken within the last 3 years and have been captured in a public place and include at least one person.

Submitted photos should be clearly focused on the subject matter while capturing the quality of everyday moments in extraordinary ways. These photos will be used in the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan to help tell a comprehensive story of what it’s like to live, work, and play within this community. Offensive images of any kind will not be tolerated or accepted.

A photographer may submit only one photo in each of the categories listed below, no more than three photos per participant.

Categories

A panel of judges will review all submissions per the categories listed below.

  • Connected Communities / 15-minute Living – popular locations within a 15-minute walk from residential neighborhoods (ex. soccer games at Fairland Recreational Park).
  • Local Mobility – the ability to move and access existing transportation systems (ex. people riding the BRT-Flash).
  • Local Food Networks – community members and stakeholders working hard to provide access to healthy foods or the lack thereof (ex. Briggs Chaney Community Gardening event).

NOTE: Winning recipients of the gift cards will need to fill out a W-9 form that includes their name, address, and social security number.

View complete contest rules.

How to Enter

All photos must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2022. All artists will retain their copyrights of the submitted photos; however, by submitting a photo for this contest each artist is agreeing that (1) the artist agrees to the terms and conditions set forth hereafter and (2) the artist grants the Planning Board and its successors and assigns a non-exclusive, perpetual license to publish, print and otherwise utilize the submitted image for any purpose, including without limitation use in publications related to the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan, associated marketing, and promotions.

Submission format

Email your photo submission with the following attachments:

  • Spring Photo Contest Application
  • Photo file in jpg format (maximum file size: 50MB) named using the following format: Category-Title of Photograph_Last Name-First Name_Date of Submission. All image files submitted must be at least 1200 pixels on the longest side or be sized to produce a print that measures no larger than 30-inches x 40-inches.
  • Photo release, if applicable: Photos that feature a person(s) face (up close in a portrait style or otherwise clearly recognizable) must include a written release executed by the featured person (or if the featured person is a minor, a release executed on such person’s behalf by such person’s parent or legal guardian). View sample release form.

Prizes

The winning photos will be displayed by the Montgomery County Planning Department in the lobby or auditorium of the Wheaton Headquarters (located at 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902).

The winning photos will be used in a featured location within the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan document and website.

Awards (only one gift card reward per participant):

  • $300 Gift Card – Best in Show – a unanimous favorite across all three categories,
  • $250 Gift Card – People’s Choice Award –the community will have an opportunity to weigh-in on this selection.
  • $200 Gift Card – 1st Place in each category,
  • $150 Gift Card – 2nd Place in each category,
  • $100 Gift Card – 3rd Place in each category, and
  • Honorable Mention for each category.

NOTE: Winning recipients of the gift cards will need to fill out a W-9 form that has their name, address, and social security number.

Upon selecting the winning photo(s), planning staff will reach out to notify the winning participants in writing by email in August 2022. Winning photos will then be announced during a Planning Board public hearing by the Upcounty Chief and Planning Director. All submitted photos maybe used in the Master Plan document, community engagement, and on the website. Winning photos will also be on display in the lobby of the Wheaton Headquarters building for a period of up to one year

Contest Rules

  1. The official submission date for this contest OPENS Monday, April 25, 2022
  2. All photos must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 31, 2022 we reserve the right to extend this date should submissions be insufficient.
  3. All artists will retain their copyright in the submitted photos; however, by submitting a photo for this contest each artist is agreeing that (1) the artist agrees to the terms and conditions set forth hereafter and (2) the artist grants the Planning Board and its successors and assigns a non-exclusive, perpetual license to publish, print and otherwise utilize the submitted image for any purpose, including without limitation use in publications related to the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan, associated marketing, and promotions.
  4. The Planning Department will notify the applicants of the winning photos first by email, and then publicly by virtue of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney eLetter. Winning artists will be required to provide a full resolution digital file of the winning image as a condition of receiving any prize.
  5. All images must be taken within the last 3 years and have been captured in a public place and include at least one person. Photos that feature a person(s) face (up close in a portrait style or otherwise clearly recognizable) must provide a written release executed by the featured person (or if the featured person is a minor, a release executed on such person’s behalf by such person’s parent or legal guardian. View sample release form.
  6. All images submitted must be taken within the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan study boundary. Please see the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Map.
  7. Only one photo can be submitted by a photographer in each of the categories listed above. Meaning each participant may submit no more than three.
  8. All images will be submitted electronically with a maximum file size of 50 MB and credits to artist. All artists will complete an online application with details about their subject matter. See Attachment B for a sample of the online application. This application must be submitted electronically.
  9. All image files submitted must be submitted electronically as a jpg formatted file, at least 1200 pixels on the longest side or be sized to produce a print that measures no larger than 30-inches x 40-inches.
  10. All participants will use this labeling format: “Category-Title of Photograph_Last Name-First Name_Date of Submission.”
  11. Recipients of the Gift Cards will need to fill out a W-9 form that has their name, address, and social security number.
Last Updated: May 24, 2022