Photographers amateur and professional alike are invited to help the City of Temple and Discover Downtown Temple celebrate National Preservation Month early by participating in the inaugural Temple Architectural Appreciation Photography Contest.

Central Texans are invited to submit a photo they've taken of an older building in Temple that means something to them. It could be an older building you admire, one you feel needs to be fixed up and preserved, or even a house that's been passed down for generations.

"The purpose of the contest is to draw community attention to the importance of preserving and protecting our valuable community architectural assets through restoration of older buildings," said Jonathan Logue with the City of Temple.

Logue said the rules of the contest are simple:

  1. Photograph a building in Temple that you feel is historic and appealing as a photo subject. For contest purposes, there is no set definition of "historic" - just choose an older building somewhere in Temple.
  2. Have your photograph printed to an 8 x10” size and framed at no larger than an 11x14” size.
  3. Print your name, phone number and e-mail address on the back of the framed photo-entry. Contact information must be clearly legible.

The contest is open to amateurs and professionals of any age, and contestants can submit up to three entries. The framed photos must be submitted to the Discover Downtown Temple Office at 101. North Main Street by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 29.

"Contest judging will take place in April," Logue said. "First-place winner will receive a trophy. Second and third-place winners will receive prize ribbons. All winners will be recognized during May, which has been designated as National Preservation Month."

All the photographs submitted will be part of public displays from May to October, and will be returned to the photographers afterward. (Make sure you include your contact information so you can get your photo back!)

For more information about the Architectural Appreciation Photography Contest, get in touch with Main Street Program Manager Dan Kelleher at (254) 298-5378 or dkelleher@templetx.gov.