Wanted: Photos capturing essence of Fulton County

By David J. Coehrs - dcoehrs@aimmediamidwest

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation has a call out to shutterbugs to capture the very best of what the county offers.

Now through Oct 13, FCEDC Executive Director Matt Gilroy is encouraging residents to enter the Fulton County Photo contest. They are encouraged to explore the county with their digital cameras and record images representing its heart and spirit. The best will be rewarded and displayed on the FCEDC website and social media.

“We’re trying to capture the essence of Fulton County, and what it means to them,” Gilroy said of the photographers. “It’s a way for people to feel good about where they live and where they work.”

And while The Fulton County Photo Contest is open to all county professional and amateur photographers, there are rules to follow, which can be found at the FCEDC web page, fcedc-oh.com. One is that any person appearing in a photo must sign a waiver to be accompanied by the picture.

The top three photos selected by a review committee will earn $100, $50, and $25, respectively. Every photographer whose submission earns a place on the FCEDC web page will be awarded a $10 gift card.

The contest kicked off two weeks ago, and the organization has already received a dozen submissions. “They’re just wonderful photographs of what Fulton County means to people,” Gilroy said.

The photos placed on the FCEDC website may have to be on rotation, depending on how many are collected. An area non-profit organization has offered to exhibit the photos at its events.

The FCEDC members liked the idea of county residents showing the county’s traits from their perspective.

“We felt it would be better to do this than pay a professional photographer,” Gilroy said. “This is a great way to offer a unique contest to the community and get some good photographs.”

He said while FCEDC recognizes that photos will run the gamut from professional to amateur, “we’ll take any submittals. All photographs will be considered.”

What the organization wants to accomplish is “to allow the folks in the county to share what they feel is the essence of Fulton County, and by doing that portray the essence of the county as it actually is,” Gilroy said.

This is the inaugural year for the contest. Gilroy said if it’s successful it could become a tradition annually or bi-annually.

By David J. Coehrs


Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.