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West Virginia photo contest announced

To be featured in tourism campaign

CHARLESTON – A new photo contest to pick the winning entries for a new advertising campaign about West Virginia was announced Thursday by the governor and the West Virginia Tourism Office.

Gov. Jim Justice is encouraging all West Virginians to share their favorite photos for a chance to be featured in the new campaign. The top photos will receive $500.

“I’ve said for years that West Virginia is the best kept secret on the East Coast, but the time has come for us to showcase all of the incredible things there are to see and do in our great state,” Justice said.

The state has been working on a new tourism campaign, Justice said.

“And I must say, I’ve been shocked at the limited gallery of photos we have to work with, which is why I’m counting on you, my fellow West Virginians, to help us find these images,” said Justice, who owns The Greenbrier Resort.

“We’re looking for everything from scenics that highlight outdoor recreation to photos that capture the size of our monster bucks, beautiful smallmouth bass in West Virginia rivers, giant trout in one of our streams, a big spring gobbler in full strut, or a flock of fall turkeys.”

All photos will be considered for use in the advertising campaign. Participants are encouraged to share photos that highlight West Virginia’s outdoor opportunities, including hunting and fishing, photos that illustrate favorite family pastimes, music, history, dining, arts, culture and scenic beauty.

To enter the contest, tag photos using the hashtag #AlmostHeaven on Twitter and Instagram, like the Tourism Office’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/GoToWV and add a photo to the contest post, or upload a photo for consideration on the Tourism Office website GoToWV.com/AlmostHeavenPhotos.

The Tourism Office will own the rights to all submitted photos. The cash prize of $500 will only be given to the selected top photos.

The contest will run now through March 28.

“This is a great opportunity for folks to help us show the world why we are the best-kept tourism destination in the world,” Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby said. “Best of all, those whose photos are selected will win $500 and be featured in the state’s new advertising campaign.”

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