The Tallmadge Community Foundation is sponsoring a Bicentennial Photography Contest. The contest is open to all amateur photographers who are either Tallmadge residents or who work in Tallmadge.

"We encourage all those who simply enjoy taking photographs to enter," said Patrick Wack, Foundation president. Wack says the goal of the contest is to have a visual retrospective of Tallmadge in its bicentennial year as a legacy when future milestone years are celebrated "The photographs can tell the next generations who we were and what it looked like in 2007," he said.

"With spring finally here, that means more sun and bright blue skies for those who want to point their lenses in the direction of outdoor city landmarks or events," said Nancy Wack who is coordinating the contest for the Foundation. Possible subject matter might include: views of Tallmadge Circle and the Historic Church, as well as other local symbols and events like a Little League game, swimming at MACA Pool, Memorial Day festivities, graduation, and Heritage Day festivities. Wack said churches, parks, signs, historic homes might also appeal to the photographer.

"These are just a few suggestions and are not meant to limit the contestant," she said.

There will be two entry levels: adults (age 18 and older) and students (those under the age of 18). Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each category. There are five categories in which photos may be submitted: 1. Events & Celebrations, 2. People, 3. Scenic & seasons; 4. Symbols of the community (historical, patriotic, business, civic, etc.) and 5. Collage/photo stories. Area professionals and instructors will judge. Photos will be reproduced on the Foundation Web site, in the local newspaper and in other publications. Selected entries will be framed and donated for permanent display throughout the city. All entries will become the property of the Tallmadge Foundation.

All photos must have been taken within the city of Tallmadge in the year 2007. Digital or any standard format camera may be used. Submissions must be in print form, no smaller than 4 x 6 and no larger than 8 x 10. The next quarterly submission deadline is June 30; then Sept. 30 and Dec. 31. To obtain an entry form and a complete list of the rules, visit the Foundation Web site at www.tallmadgefoundation.org or call Nancy Wack at 330-633-5031. Entries should be mailed to the Foundation Photo Contest, c/o 371 Fawnwood Drive, Tallmadge 44278.