Last winter the Farmington Public Library held a contest and unveiled a series of new library card designs featuring photographs taken by local photographers. The response to these new designs was so overwhelming that it is once again time to select new photographs to be printed on new library cards. Local photographers are invited to submit their pictures from November 5 through November 18 for a chance to win $200.
Anyone who wishes to enter the contest may submit one of their favorite photographs for review by the library staff. "Our library cards have a definite local flavor," said Karen McPheeters, Director of the Farmington Public Library. "This is a great way to highlight San Juan County's world class treasures, spectacular surroundings, diverse culture, and incredible photographers." The Farmington Public Library is looking for striking digital images of San Juan County, that can be used as library cards. All entries should include a 1/4" bleed around the edge of the photograph, as required for printing. Images that showcase the wide range of landscapes and habitats in San Juan County are preferred. Contest entries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Photo captions must accompany all submissions, and should include the subject of the image, the location where the image was taken, and the name and contact information of the photographer.
The library will choose up to 8 photos to be used as the images on its library cards. The number of photos selected may be adjusted by the Farmington Public Library based on the quality of photos submitted. The photographer of each selected image will be awarded $200. For a complete list of rules, go to the photo submission guidelines. Winners will be announced on November 26th. Photographs that were previously submitted and not selected will be accepted; however, each photographer is limited to submitting only one photograph for consideration. City of Farmington employees and their families are eligible for this contest.
In January 2012, over 100 photographs were submitted for the contest, and 8 were selected to be used as "limited edition" library cards. Many of the more popular designs are no longer available, and the remaining cards are quickly being issued. The new library cards should be available in early 2013.
Photo submission guidelines are located here.