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Main Street Market wants to see the community through locals' eyes

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How cool would it be to have a photograph you took blown up to mural size, and on display for all to see?

Now, local photographers have that opportunity, to have their photos used as promotional pieces in a new contest. 
 
The 'Visions of our Community' photo contest is being hosted by Panhandle Co-Op's Main Street Market stores in collaboration with the Scotts Bluff Area Visitor's Bureau, Gering Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Kimball County Tourism, and Goshen County Chamber of Commerce. 

Panhandle Co-Op Marketing Director, Susan Weideman, says she found inspiration or the contest after visiting a grocery store in Baraboo, Wisconsin that was decorated in people's personal photographs.

Weideman took that idea back home, and thought it would be a great way to make use of some of the empty walls at the Main Street Market Stores.
The contest encourages locals to snap photos of area scenery, activities, and events, and send in their best pictures. 

"We're showing off the great things in our communities," Weideman says. "Yes we have great scenery, but we also have great activities as well."

Selected images will be displayed in new wall murals and photographs in each of the three Main Street Market stores, and will also be featured on various websites.
 
"We want to be engaging with out customers," Weideman said. "And we want our customers to be engaged with us. So bringing in people and saying, 'Oh, you have to see the picture of little Johnny playing baseball at the grocery store."

The photo contest includes four categories: Youth (ages 18 and under), Adult (19 and older), Professional (10+ years declares), and Employee. 

Digital marketing Intern, Meridith Gross-Rhode, says nearly 100 photos have already been submitted, and they're still accepting more.

"We are looking for everything and anything," Gross-Rhode said. "Right now, we've gotten quite a few pictures of the bluffs. We are awaiting some more from eastern Wyoming, so we are definitely looking forward to seeing those." 

Gross-Rhode says they are also looking for more submissions from the Kimball area, as well as more submissions from younger photographers.  

"It feels more personal when its coming from the community, we wanted to get more people involved that way when they're showing people, or they're walking around the store, and then they can see it and see its their photo."

To submit a photo: email photo@panhandlecoop.com. File size cannot exceed 12MB. 
Entries may also be submitted on CD or Flash Drive at Corporate Office, 401 S. Beltline, Scottsbluff, NE or at any MSM Customer Service Booth  in envelope labeled 'Photo Contest.'
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