Submissions in all categories are due April 23. Adult and youth submissions will be judged separately.

COURTESY PHOTO: MELODY HAVELUCK - Buildings of historic significance in Forest Grove, like this house in the 2200 block of 15th Avenue originally built by John Templeton in the 1920s as a wedding present for his daughter, are among the desirable subjects for a photo contest being put on by the Forest Grove Historic Landmarks Board.If you fancy yourself a good photographer and you've got a favorite historic spot in Forest Grove, a contest being held this spring by the city's Historic Landmarks Board is just for you.

The board is sponsoring the Historic Photo Contest ahead of Historic Preservation Month in May. It challenges photographers to take the best picture of a building, neighborhood or place that represents Forest Grove's history.

Youth and adult winners will be selected in each category. There will also be an overall Chairman's Choice Award presented in the contest. Winners will receive prizes.

Contestants are allowed to submit one photo per category, which should be sent as two files, one of them displaying the text "THIS PLACE MATTERS." Photos must be submitted in .JPG or .TIFF format with a resolution of eight megapixels or more. Photo release forms must be filled out accompanying each submission.

Submissions will be judged based on composition, technique, lighting, originality and relevance, among other criteria.

All submissions are due Monday, April 23.

The Historic Landmarks Board will select winners at its Tuesday, April 24, meeting. The chosen winners will be recognized when it meets again May 14.

Forest Grove's settled history dates back to the 1840s, making it one of the oldest cities in what is now the Portland metro area. The Historic Landmarks Board promotes the preservation and appreciation of its historic locales.

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