WILMETTE, IL, May 5, 2016, — Funeralwise.com invites photographers across the U.S. to participate in its 2016 Capture Memorial Day Photo Contest. This photography contest will recognize and reward photographers whose images convey the meaning and emotion associated with Memorial Day in cemeteries across the United States.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, unofficially started during the Civil War as a day of remembrance for those who died in military service. Ladies in both Northern and Southern communities decorated soldiers’ graves, tapping into the general human need to honor our dead. The first official Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery was held on May 30, 1868.
“People pay their respects in many different ways when they visit cemeteries for Memorial Day,” said Larry Anspach, co‐founder of Funeralwise.com and former cemetery owner. “This photo contest will help capture and share the tributes and emotional connections made at the final resting places of our men and women in the U.S. armed forces.”
Cash prizes, with a $500 Grand Prize, will be awarded for images submitted to the contest site between May 23, 2016, and the June 6, 2016, submission deadline. Pictures taken by both amateur and professional photographers are welcome. A panel of judges will select at least 12 finalists from the photos submitted. The finalists’ photos will be displayed on the Funeralwise.com’s contest page (https://www.funeralwise.com/photo-contests/memorial-day-photo-contest-2016/) and visitors be invited to vote for their favorite photos. Winners will be determined by the fan votes.
Photos can be submitted to the contest site beginning May 23, 2016. Up to 3 entries will be accepted. Photographers will be expected to provide a caption for their photo, along with their contact information and the location where the photo was taken. Voting will open on June 11, 2016, and close June 21, 2016.
For all contest rules and entry instructions, visit Funeralwise Photo Contests.