Georgia preservation contest seeks photos of historic cemeteries

Photographers, here’s a contest to die for.

Yes, we went there.

Let’s start over.

It’s not too late to participate in the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ annual photo contest.

The “Historic Cemeteries of Georgia” online photo contest is seeking for photographs of historic burial places from around the state. The contest is held to coincide with National Preservation Month.

May is also Preservation Month and Archaeology Month in Georgia.

To qualify, some of the graves have to be more 50 years old. Photos will be judged on creativity, choice of subject matter and composition.

It’s nearly impossible to say exactly how many cemeteries are in Georgia, officials say. They range from small family cemeteries to larger, community or military cemeteries.

Previous themes included railroads, Civil War sites and historic downtowns.

The top entry will receive an annual membership to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and a copy of “Grave Intentions: A Comprehensive Guide to Preserving Historic Cemeteries in Georgia” by Christine Van Voorhies.

The limit is two submissions per photographer. The deadline is May 26. For information go here.

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