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January 25, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Points of Pride" is the theme of the 2009 photo contest sponsored by the Martinsville Bulletin.

Readers are invited to submit their photographs of the most scenic spots in Henry County and Martinsville. The photo chosen as "Best of Show" will be featured on the cover of the Martinsville Bulletin's Progress Edition on March 1.

"This is the fourth year we have held the photo contest, and we expect the same terrific turnout we have had in the past to continue," said Bulletin Chief Photographer Mike Wray. "The photos submitted in the past have shown that our readers have many things to be proud of in Henry County and Martinsville, and they have the photographic skills to capture those scenes."

Previous submissions ran the gamut from Philpott Lake (the 2006 winner) and the Smith River (the 2008 winner) to the new Virginia Museum of Natural History building and scenic pastures (the 2007 winner) and vistas, Wray said.

"Every year we have been impressed that readers found new things to photograph to capture the beauty of the area," he added.

The winning entry will be determined by a panel of area officials, and Bulletin employees will vote on an "Employees' Choice" photo. All entries will be exhibited in the Bulletin's booth at the Fast Track 2009 trade show.

Photographs must be of scenes in Henry County or Martinsville taken in the past 12 months. Only amateur photographers may enter, and they are limited to three entries each.

Entries may be electronic or prints, and they must include written permission for the photos to be published in the Martinsville Bulletin.

All entries must be in the Bulletin's News Department by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18.

A full list of rules and a coupon to include with entries appear on Page 7-C of today's Bulletin. Questions may be addressed to Wray or Bulletin Editor Ginny Wray at 638-8801 after 2 p.m. weekdays.

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