Photo contest open to Deltans
by Rory Doyle
Jul 14, 2013 | 2582 views | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whether you are a hobbyist, amateur, or professional, one Delta organization is seeking your best shots of the Mississippi Delta.

Shamoon Advertising & Marketing, Inc., a full service advertising agency and publisher of Life in the Delta magazine, announces a photography contest for its new project, The Delta Calendar 2014.

The idea formed in conjunction with Greenville-based Delta Symphony Association as a fundraiser to support the orchestra and to promote arts through the community.

Winning photo entries will be featured on each month inside the calendar, including a “Best of Show” winner to be featured on the calendar’s front cover.

The front cover winner will also receive a $250 gift certificate from Deville Camera in Jackson.

Once winning entries are determined, Delta Calendar 2014 will be distributed for sale in a number of retail outlets across the region and state.

Susan Shamoon, president of Shamoon Advertising and editor of Life in the Delta, said she's thrilled to be partnering up for the meaningful platform.

"We want to capture the sprit of the Delta, while at the same time support a very important organization," said Shamoon. "The Delta Symphony Association is not limited to just the Greenville area. They help keep the arts alive throughout the region."

Shamoon said now is the time to market the artistic uniqueness of the Delta considering the increase of local tourism.

“We’re looking for a variety of shots, such as local scenery, architecture, landmarks, trees or flowers, abstract shots — whatever subject the photographer believes captures the unique sprit of the Delta,” said Shamoon. "There's a lot in the Delta that you just can't capture anywhere else in the country.

“We love shining a light on the unique talent of individuals in our region, and we’ve been looking for ways to get our readers more involved. We hope this project will open people’s eyes to the beauty of our region — while also raising funds for a cause that is very dear to the Delta and to my heart.”

The Delta Symphony Association, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to keeping the arts alive in the Delta, is comprised of an all-volunteer board of directors.

“We don’t have an annual fundraising program, but with rising costs, we need something in place so we can continue to expose our community — especially the young people — to different musical genres," said Betty Coleman, president of DSA. "We are so pleased to be working with Susan Shamoon on this project.”

Shamoon said she's hoping the popularity of the calendar will grow and become an annual tradition to help fund the DSA. Her company will be donating most of the calendar sales directly to the DSA.

“Right now we are looking for sponsors to launch this new endeavor that will not only promote the Delta, but help one of our longest running organizations,” said Shamoon, adding that the agricultural community has already showed great interest.

Several tax-deductible sponsorship levels are available for those wishing to help individually or corporately.

These include: Delta Level - $2500; Maestro Level - $2000; Symphony Level - $1500; Concerto Level - $1000; and Overture Level - $500. Each level will receive a specified number of calendars free of charge, and the donation is tax deductible.

For now, the agency is excited about the influx of entries.

"Don’t despair if your photo does not appear in the calendar," added Shamoon. "If selected, some photos may also be featured on the cover of Life in the Delta."

Contest participants are asked to not submit photos that contain images of individuals. Entries are open through July 31, 2013, and must be uploaded online at www.thedeltacalendar.com . Full contest rules and instructions are available on the site.

Winners will be invited to Delta Symphony’s Season Kickoff event in September, “A Night with Eden Brent” at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, where Delta Calendar 2014 will be unveiled.

Brent will also present the “Best of Show” winner with the $250 gift certificate at the event.

"Right now, the world is focused on the Delta and its culture and music," said Shamoon. "This beautiful calendar will be an awesome piece to help promote tourism and awareness for the Delta, and will make a wonderful gift for clients, customers, employees, family members and friends."