Monday, September 30, 2013

One Day in Missoula community photo essay

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 2:43 PM

How do you capture a typical day in Missoula?

The Indy used to do an annual photo essay. Heres the 1998 cover.
  • The Indy used to do an annual photo essay. Here's the 1998 cover.
Whether the focus is the pageantry of a Griz game, the simple moments of a Saturday in the Slant Streets or the seedy happenings after bar break downtown, we’re looking to document 24 hours in the city we call home—and we’re asking for your help to do it.

We invite all levels of photographers—iPhone shooters to pros—to contribute images they feel best represent Missoula. The best images will be published in the Independent and invited to display at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography as part of a First Friday event.

Selections will be made based on composition, creativity and overall execution. Anyone can enter. We only require that the images be taken within city limits and shot between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. The result, we hope, will offer an inspiring, challenging, contemplative and diverse visual celebration of Missoula.

Here’s a full rundown of how to contribute:

WHAT: A Day in the Life Photo Essay
WHO: Digital photographers
WHEN: Photos must be taken between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 (make sure your camera’s internal clock is accurate)
WHERE: All images must be taken within Missoula city limits
WHY: To celebrate Missoula and its creative community through photography

A limit of 5 images per photographer must be sent via email to by midnight on Monday, Oct 7. Each image should include a basic caption and the time it was shot, as well as contact information for the photographer (name, email, phone number). Photographers will be notified by Friday, Oct. 11, if their image was selected. Out of the images selected for publication, one photographer will be awarded free admission to the Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s Photo Weekend in Missoula Oct. 19 and 20 ($139 value).

By submitting entries to the Independent, the photographer grants us permission to print the image in the paper and use the image on our website. The top images will be selected by the Independent and published in a special issue of the weekly paper and online. The selected images will also be invited to appear at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography on N. Higgins Ave. as part of a First Friday showing on Friday, Nov. 1.

The Independent and RMSP will promote the First Friday event and provide complimentary food and drinks. Photographers are responsible for printing, matting and framing their own print at a size of 11 x 14 inches and delivered to the RMSP no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.

Questions? Email us or call 406-543-6609 and ask for photo editor Cathrine L. Walters.

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