Great Outdoors announces photo contest

From staff reports

The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce their new Scenic Beauty photo contest, which runs from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.

To enter, complete the entry form and upload your photos at The only requirements are that the photo meet the contest theme and must be taken in Jefferson, Elk, Clarion, Forest or Cameron Counties.

Finalists will be posted on with the four entries with the most votes receiving the following: first-place is $100; second-place is $75, third-place is $75 and fourth-place is $25. Online voting will be Dec. 13 through 19.

“With the cameras in modern cell phones, people are taking more and higher-quality pictures than ever before,” says John Straitiff, executive director of the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau.

“With our Scenic Beauty photo contest, pictures taken in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region could win cash prizes. This is just another way for us to connect with the traveling public and to share the many wonderful things found in the region through their eyes.”

The PGOVB is a membership-based travel promotion organization serving the following five counties in Northwest Pennsylvania: Jefferson, Elk, Clarion, Forest and Cameron.

The mission of the PGOVB is to develop and initiate programs and marketing strategies with the specific intent of increasing overnight travel-related expenditures within its designated region and to create a cooperative effort to increase awareness of this region as an ultimate vacation destination.