The staffers in the NHTI library are back at it – and it’s up to you to decide who is the best photographer of the bunch.
Last week, this year’s crop of photos were hung on the walls to kick off the third annual library staff photography contest and in the words of Library Director Steve Ambra – who finished second last year – it’s bigger and better.
A total of seven staff members are taking part in the contest, including defending title holder Sarah Hebert.
There’s no theme to the contest; the staff members were just charged with choosing a photo they like. A lot of times, the photos reflect each staff member’s interests – outside of reading and helping others with deciding what to read and use for research.
The photos could have been taken at any time – the only rule is that they must have been taken by the staff member participating in the contest. This is an honest contest and we sure hope Ambra didn’t snag one of his daughter Meghan’s snapshots.
The top two photos will be permanently displayed in the library with the winners from the previous contests. So there’s no cash prizes involved, but being able to be called the best photographer among your colleagues is certainly enough. Trust us, we know how that is (just kidding Geoff and Liz).
And in just three years time, the staff photo contest has become one of the library’s most popular events. Last year, hundreds of people – including folks from the Concord community, who aren’t an NHTI student, staff or faculty member, or affiliated with the school in any way – cast their vote.
Since no one wants to see all the staff’s friends come and stack the ballot box, the photos are identified by numbers and not the name of the person who took them. Voters are asked to select their top three photos.
The contest will be on display through Sept. 16, with the winner to be announced on Sept. 17. Only then will it be revealed who took which photo. We know the suspense will be difficult, but those are the rules.
Library summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
So stop in, check out the photos and vote. Let’s see how many votes we can make them count.