From whimsical waterways to fantastical forests and cool cityscapes, there’s a lot of beauty in Macomb County — and First State Bank’s As Seen in Macomb photo contest aims to capture it all through submissions by residents of the community.
This photo contest, which is possible through partnerships with Macomb Community College, the Anton Art Center and Make Macomb Your Home, runs Sept. 3-20, 2021, and encourages Macomb County residents to submit their best local photos for a chance to be featured in next year’s county calendar.
“We have been collecting customer photos since 2009, but this will be the third year that we’re running the contest,” Amy Persyn, the Marketing Director of First State Bank, explains. “It’s really exciting just being able to showcase the place that we in the banking community live, work and play ourselves.”
Photos submitted to the contest may be from any season, but must be taken in Macomb County and be the sole and original work of the contestant.
Entrants may submit up to four photos and will be judged using a scoring mechanism by experts with the Anton Art Center who are trained to evaluate photography.
The top 13 photos — one for each month and one for the cover — will be placed in the 2022 calendar that the bank distributes to members of the community.
The first place winner will receive the coveted cover spot and a $250 First State Bank MasterCard gift card. The second place winner will receive a $150 gift card and the third place winner will get a $100 gift card. The 10 other runners-up will receive a $25 gift card to the Anton Art Center.
How to enter
You can submit your photos to the As Seen in Macomb photo contest using the form set up on the First State Bank website.
You do not have to be a professional photographer to enter, but entrants should note that a valid email address is required. Photos should not exceed 11 by 8.5 and should be a minimum of 300 DPI.
“People of all backgrounds and all areas of the county have access to really neat and unique places in the landscape, in public art, beautiful landscapes that we take for granted,” Persyn adds. “This can be an interesting way for residents to get involved. (Plus) it’s a lot of fun and it creates a really nice story to go along with a year’s worth of content that’s really made for the people, by the people.”