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Carefree photo contest running through Jan. 31

Staff Report~ 1/7/2015

CAREFREEThe third annual Carefree Desert Gardens Photo Contest has begun. Winning photos will be featured in the 2015 Carefree Desert Gardens calendar.

To enter the photo contest, drop off photos through Jan. 31. The drop off locations are UPS Store in the Basha's Center, Tom Darlington Dr.; UPS Store in the Albertson's Center, Scottsdale Rd. and Carefree Hwy.; UPS Store in the Fry's Center, Carefree Hwy, W. of Cave Creek Rd.; and CVS photo counter in the Carefree Lowes Center, Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Rd. Photos may also be dropped off at Carefree Town Hall, 8 Sundial Circle. Entry forms may be obtained at these locations or downloaded at  

Entry photos may be in either digital or film format, and up to three photos may be entered. Digital entries may be enhanced.  Please submit an 8" x 10" print, along with your digital images on a disc at 300 dpi, in a jpeg or TIFF format.  Photos with date stamps will be eliminated.  Photos may be taken at any time of the year. Contest entry is free.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of professional photographers and awarded prizes. The photos of the finalists will be mounted on an 11" x 14" mat board for public favorite voting. The photo receiving the most votes from the public will win the highest honor, the “Juanita and Mark Wdowiak Award.”  All winning photos will debut at the Magic Bird Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art, Feb. 12-15, and then proceed to the Desert Foothills Library, Feb. 17-22. They will also be available for viewing and voting on the Town of Carefree's Web site,