I’ve written for years about community indicators. From the Orton Family Foundation comes a nice reification of visual community indicators – photos of our communities. You might want to enter some photos of your community. Or collect those contributed via Flickr as a great indicator of YOUR community.
There’s something special about every community—the corner barbershop on Main Street, acres of wilderness, busy local shops, a striking shoreline, lively gathering places and deep-rooted traditions. That character is why people love their towns, it’s why they live there, and it’s also increasingly in danger.
Enter the Orton Family Foundation’s first Heart & Soul Photo Contest and help us and citizens of small cities and towns across the country celebrate, nurture and revive community heart and soul—the special cultures, landscapes, economies, traditions and values that make places unique.
1. Take a photo that captures the heart and soul of a community you love.
2. Fill out the contest entry form.
3. Upload up to 5 photos to Flickr and post them to the Community Heart & Soul Photo Contest Group.
4. Tell your friends, visit often to see new photos, and come back in January to vote for the winners.
The entry period is open from November 5, 2009 until January 5, 2010. Finalists will be announced in late January, followed by public voting to choose the winners. The First Prize winner will receive a Flip minoHD camcorder, and two runners up will receive gift certificates to B&H Photo/Video. All finalists and winners will be showcased on our website and in the Heart & Soul gallery at the COMMUNITYMATTERS10 Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado, October 5th through 7th, 2010.