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    Palo Alto Battlefield

    National Historical Park Texas

Palo Alto Photo Contest

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News Release Date: June 28, 2012
Contact: Karen Weaver, 956-541-2785 x332

In 1846, soldiers from the United States and Mexico met in a battle that would change the little known field called Palo Alto into a place of international importance. They left that site with vivid pictures in their minds of the field and battle that took place there.

Today, Palo Alto Battlefield is a National Historical Park. What memories do YOU carry away from the site and why do you think they are important? Show us your best photo of the park and explain how your photo shows why you think this place is important. It could be a building, an exhibit, a bird - anything in the park that you want to others to see. Then, tell us why it makes you care about Palo Alto. If our judges agree, you could win a prize.

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD PHOTO CONTEST GUIDELINES AND RULES

The rules are simple.

  • Come to Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park and take your best photo of a scene, object, event, plant, or animal
  • Write a brief caption of how your photo shows what YOU think is most important about Palo Alto.
  • Email your photo and caption and contact information to Paal_pics1@gmail.com. The subject line and photo name format must be as follows: PARTICIPANT NAME_PHOTO TITLE (e.g., Juan_Garza_The_Cannon).

General Information

  1. Photos must be received or submitted by Saturday, July 28, 2012.
  2. Contest information is available on the Palo Alto website (www.nps.gov/paal - "News Release") or by emailing e-mail us
  3. The contest is divided into two categories: High School and College. Students who have graduated from the 8th grade may enter the High School category and those who have graduated High School may enter the College category. Students who graduated from college in 2012 may not enter.
  4. Winners will be announced and prizes will be distributed on Saturday, August 11 during the Daguerreotype Experience at the Palo Alto Visitor Center. The public is invited to this event to learn about daguerreotypes - an early form of photography that existed during the U.S.-Mexican War.
  5. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in each category. First place will receive a $100 Vanilla visa card, second place will receive a $50 Vanilla visa card, and third place will receive a Palo Alto gift bag (valued at $30). The Vanilla Visa Gift Card is a prepaid gift card that can be used anywhere in the U.S. where Visa debit cards are accepted, including retail stores and on-line merchants.
  6. The first 100 participants will receive a re-usable shopping bag during the Daguerreotype Experience event on Saturday, August 11. Participants must be present to receive a bag.
  7. Entries will be displayed on the Palo Alto's Facebook page, the park website, the National Park Foundation website, and at the Palo Alto Visitor Center.

Eligibility

  1. The participant must be enrolled in High School or College. Students who have graduated from the 8th grade may enter the High School category and those who have graduated High School may enter the College category. Students who graduated college in 2012 may not enter.
  2. The participant must not be related to any employee of Palo Alto Battlefield NHP. Palo Alto Youth Advisors may not participate. Relatives of Youth Advisors may participate. However, Youth Advisors cannot judge photos submitted by a relative.

Rules

  1. All entries must be the participant's own work and have been taken between June, 2011 and July 28, 2012.
  2. All entries must be taken at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park.
  3. All entries become property of the U.S. government. As such, the Government has permission to alter, copy, distribute, or use the photograph in any and all publications, without payment or any other consideration in perpetuity.
  4. Entries must be no larger than 640 x 480 pixels.
  5. All entries, along with contact information, must be submitted via email to Paal_pics1@gmail.com. The subject line and photo name format must be as follows: PARTICIPANT NAME_PHOTO TITLE (e.g., Juan_Garza_The_Cannon).
  6. Cameras will not be provided by Palo Alto Battlefield NHP.
  7. Photos depicting commercial representations as their primary subject and/or reproduction of copyright material or trademarks will NOT be accepted.
  8. Any photo with inappropriate content will be automatically disqualified.
  9. Only minor digital enhancements including cropping, red-eye removal, filters, and corrective functions are permitted. Images judged to be altered in any significant manner may be disqualified. Participants are not permitted to enhance with special effects, place borders, frames, or backgrounds around the photo or place watermarks or signatures onto photos.

Judging

  • Entries will first be judged by the general public. There are no age restrictions to judge.
  • The public can select winners by "Liking" the photo on the Palo Alto Facebook page or by emailing their selections to Paal_pics1@gmail.com. Email votes must include the photo title.
  • The public can vote for more than one photo but can only vote once for an individual photo.
  • The top ten photos in each category will be judged by the Palo Alto Youth Advisors. Judging will be based on:
    • Content that shows the importance of the park and the moment.
    • Aesthetics including framing and viewpoint; background, design elements and principle; and photographic arrangement and visual impact.
    • General characteristics including originality, insight, context, and style.

Did You Know?

Battle of Palo Alto

Robert Pruyn, a drummer with the U.S. Army, was only 14 when he endured the Mexican bombardment of Fort Texas