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Iroquois holding calendar photo contest for pipeline community residents

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Calling all amateur photographers.

If you live in a town through which the Iroquois natural gas line runs, you could gain some cash and recognition via the company’s first-ever calendar photo contest.

“Knowing that our communities have so many beautiful locations and scenes that we have not been able to capture, as well as many talented amateur photographers, we decided to have a contest to engage our communities,” Ruth M. Parkins, public affairs manager for Iroquois Pipeline Operating Co., Shelton, Conn., said by email.

The 13 top entries will be featured in the company’s 2015 calendar. A $500 grand prize will be awarded for the cover photo, while $250 prizes will be awarded for each calendar month photo.

For contest rules and entry information, visit www.iroquois.com/contest.

Photos may be submitted either online or in the mail through Aug. 1.

The 2015 calendar theme is “Scenes for All Seasons.” People may submit their most striking outdoor images showcasing spring, summer, winter or fall. Photos must have been taken within the past three years in any New York or Connecticut county through which the Iroquois pipeline passes.

In the north country, scenes from St. Lawrence, Lewis or Oneida counties would be eligible. But, people submitting pictures must live in one of the following towns: Waddington, Lisbon, Canton, DeKalb, Hermon, Edwards or Pitcairn in St. Lawrence County; Diana, Croghan, New Bremen, Watson, Greig, Turin, West Turin or Leyden in Lewis County, and Boonville, Remsen or Trenton in Oneida County.

Each person may submit up to four photographs, one from each season, but winning photos will be limited to one per contestant.

Both landscape and close-up shots are acceptable, but only horizontal photos that fit the 11.5-by-8.5-inch calendar format will be considered.

Photos may not be digitally altered, aside from minor corrections, and pictures with individuals, pets or commercial businesses as the primary subject will not be accepted. If someone’s likeness is visible, a release from that person must accompany the photo entry.

While this is the first time such a photo contest has been offered, Iroquois has published an annual calendar featuring photographs taken in pipeline communities since 1999.

“The calendar is one of the ways we communicate important safety information as part of our Public Awareness and Education Program,” Ms. Parkins said. “It is mailed to residents and businesses that are within 1,000 feet of our pipeline, as well as all public officials and emergency responders who serve our pipeline communities.”

Many people look forward to receiving the free calendars every year and take pride when their communities are featured, she said.

“Our hope is that, by providing photos that our communities feel a connection to, they will keep the calendar as a reminder of the existence of our pipeline and use it as a reference should they need to reach us,” Ms. Parkins said.

While a flyer about the contest was sent out in December with 2014 calendars, Iroquois officials hope to make more people of aware of it and boost submissions in the final month, she said.

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