The Lewes Tulip Celebration, sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Lewes Historical Society, Lewes in Bloom, City of Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission, the Zwaanendael Museum and the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, features a photography contest. Underwritten by Fulton Bank, the Tulip Celebration recognizes Lewes’ Dutch heritage and takes place from April 7-16 with special events April 7 - 9, including the photo contest exhibition.
The photography contest includes five categories- Lewes Architecture, Lewes Landscapes, Quintessential Lewes (iconic images that could only be in Lewes, e.g. Doo Dah Parade), Lewes Tulips and Lewes Food. All images must be photographed in the Lewes geographic area. The contest is open to photographers of all abilities and ages.
Submission requirements: Each photograph must have a WHITE or TAN matte and both the photograph and the matte needs to be securely attached to a piece of mounting or backing board. Framing is not permitted. The total dimension of the photograph, matte and backing board should not exceed 16” X 20.” Entry forms will be completed by the entrants when the submissions are delivered to the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in the Fisher-Martin House at 120 Kings Highway (behind the Zwaanendael Museum).
The cost to enter the contest is $5 per submission and a maximum of five entries per photographer is permitted. The entries will be judged by professional photographers who are Lewes Chamber of Commerce members. A People’s Choice Award will also be awarded from ballots submitted by visitors who attend the three day exhibit in Zwaanendael Park on April 7-9. Monetary awards will be made for first, second and third place in each of the fives subject categories. The Grand Prize is a $100 cash award.
Entries will be accepted beginning March 14 at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in the Fisher-Martin House at 120 Kings Highway which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will be asked to sign a photo release form at the time of registration. Photos may be used in future publicity and/or appear in the publications of the sponsoring organizations. Payment must be included with the submitted photos. Make checks payable to the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.
The deadline for entry is March 28 and the awards will be presented April 9. All of the entries will be displayed at the Lewes Tulip Celebration, April 7-9, in a tent beside the Zwaanendael Museum. Photographers can pick up their submitted entries immediately after the awards ceremony that takes place on April 9 at 2 p.m. next to the tent in Zwaanendael Park. If the photographers are unable to attend the ceremony, they can retrieve them on Monday, April 11 at the chamber’s visitor center in the Fisher-Martin House and they are to be picked up no later than April 15, unless other arrangements are made with the chamber staff. The visitor center is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Those entries not retrieved by April 30 will become the property of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber assumes no liability for lost or damaged photos during the exhibit.
For more information about the contest or the Lewes Tulip Celebration, contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at (302) 645-8073.