Rose Hills is North America’s largest memorial park, with the widest range of one-of-a-kind features, giving artists and photographers so much to work with.
Whittier,CA (PRWEB) March 24, 2015
As a subject for the lens, cemeteries around the world attract photographers of all skill levels. Taking advantage of this inherent interest, Rose Hills Memorial Park invites photographers throughout Southern California to participate in its first-ever photography contest, which launches officially on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
The contest, entitled "Forever In Focus," features three categories: “Memorial Beauty,” emphasizing the grandeur and rich diversity within the 100-year-old cemetery's setting; “Celebration of Culture,” with a focus on the many unique cultural aspects of Rose Hills, from the Buddhist Columbarium to the Japanese Garden to the Orthodox Greek Church and more; and "The Creative Eye," that allows photographers greater creative freedom to manipulate their digital photos or express themselves more abstractly.
The contest is open to amateurs, photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, over the age of 18. The last day for submissions is May 31, and judging will occur in June. There is a $15 per-entry fee.
"Rose Hills is North America’s largest memorial park, with the widest range of one-of-a-kind features, giving artists and photographers so much to work with,” said Rose Hills Director of Marketing, Nick Clark. “People are constantly taking pictures here and posting them to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, so it only made sense to organize an official contest where these images can be exhibited and the best photographs can be rewarded.”
All rules and details are posted online on the cemetery's Facebook page (http://www.Facebook.com/RoseHillsMemorialPark) or at http://www.RoseHillsPhotos.com. Photo entries must be submitted both by mail (mounted prints) and electronically via the cemetery's Facebook page or contest website. Judging will be by online votes plus a public viewing/voting event in early June, combined with the votes of a juried panel of photography experts.
Photographers of all kinds, at all levels are encouraged to participate, and now, with the longer days, there are more "shooting hours" providing a wider range of lighting.
Each category will have four winners. The first place prize entry in each category will win $1500, the second place prize entry will win $500, third place prize earns $250 and the fourth place prize is $100.
According to Mr. Clark, the 12 winning photographs along with a selection of other noteworthy entries will be exhibited at Rose Hills as well as other venues throughout Southern California once the contest has concluded.
"Over the past 100-plus years, there have been so many incredible features that have come to grace our property, from beautiful historic mausoleums to magnificent works of art to our amazing SkyRose Chapel that’s been featured in numerous movies and TV series, ” added Mr. Clark. “I think all who come out to capture Rose Hills with their cameras will see something to excite their artistic sensibilities."
About Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
Founded in 1914, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, #FD970, has since grown to be the largest memorial park in North America. It is a full-service memorial facility with a modern mortuary, flower shop, reception center, and premiere cemetery property to serve the community in both pre-need and at-need situations. It serves 10,000 families a year. Rose Hills is located in Whittier, California, with approximately 1,400 acres of property for current use or future development and is considered to be the largest single-operated cemetery in the world. Although it is purposely secluded, Rose Hills is only minutes away from any point in the Greater Los Angeles or Orange County area, and offers a full range of cemetery and funeral services to meet the memorialization needs of Southern California families. For information, visit http://www.rosehills.com.