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Photo essay competition launches in Perham

A new photo and essay competition in Perham will explore the theme of heroes by asking people, “Who is Your Hero?”

The competition, announced by the History and Cultural Association of East Otter Tail County last week, asks community members to capture the essence of their hero through original photography and a short essay.

Cash prizes will be awarded to top place finishers.

Entries must include a photograph taken by the entrant and an essay limited to 150 words. The essay should support the photo and be based on personal experiences. A series of up to three related photos, along with one essay of up to 150 words, can also be submitted as one entry.

Competitors do not have to be residents of Otter Tail County, but the subject of each entry must be pertinent to the region as decided by the judges. Judges decisions are final.

A donation of $5 per entry is recommended to defray the cost of producing and hanging artwork. Images and text can be submitted digitally and a donation made by going to and selecting the “contact” tab at the bottom of the page. Donations may be made on the same page.

The competition entry deadline is June 6 at 5 p.m.

The ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham has a flyer with complete entry information available for pick-up.

Art will be professionally mounted and displayed at ITOW during Turtle Fest. Winners will be announced and displayed at Pioneer Fest in Perham’s Pioneer Park in August.

Entries will be reviewed by the association’s program committee, led by Chuck Johnson, an association board member and former editor of the Perham Enterprise Bulletin. Two honorary judges, Mayor Tim Meehl and Melissa Swenson, the current publisher of the Perham Focus, will review the finalists and help pick the winners.

Winning entries will become part of a permanent legacy collection displayed at the ITOW Veterans Museum.

For more information, contact Darla Ellingson, CEO of the association, at