Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 08/24/01

Civil War Preservation Trust and The History Channel Announce National Photo Competition

(Washington, D.C.) - The Civil War was the first major conflict in history to be extensively documented by photograph. Using equipment considered primitive today, Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and other wartime photographers recorded dramatic battlefield images that still haunt us today.

More than a century later, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) and The History Channel are teaming up to encourage amateur shutterbugs to follow in the footsteps of Brady and Gardner. Together, the two organizations are sponsoring a national Civil War photography competition to promote appreciation of America's rich Civil War heritage.

"Civil War battlefields are beautiful reminders of this tumultuous period in American history," remarked CWPT President James Lighthizer. "Sites like Antietam and Lookout Mountain scream out to be photographed for posterity."

Amateur photographers are invited to submit Civil War-related photos in six different categories: (1) Endangered Battlefields, featuring a battlefield under threat of destruction; (2) Scenic, showing the natural beauty of Civil War sites; (3) Historic, capturing the solemn effect of a historic structure or monument; (4) Reenactment, depicting the drama of a Civil War reenactment; (5) Close-up, examining a detail of a monument or landscape; and (6) Junior Photographer, a special category for photographers under the age of 18.

The grand prize winner will be selected from among the first place winners in the 6 categories. The grand prize winner will receive a free registration (a $475 value) to CWPT's April 2002 annual conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., or $400 cash. The History Channel will award $250 to the remaining first place winners in each category. In addition, second and third place winners are eligible for CWPT merchandise and The History Channel gift certificates.

To enter, participants must be amateur photographers. The entry fee is $20 and includes a half-year complimentary membership to CWPT. There is no entry fee for current CWPT members.

CWPT is a 35,000-member nonprofit organization. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.

With more than 74 million Nielsen subscribers, The History Channel reveals the power and passion of history as a place where people connect with the great lives and events of the past. The History Channel is "Where the Past Comes Alive." 


  • Jim Campi (CWPT)
    (202) 367-1861

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