Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 05/02/11

Calling All Shutterbugs! 2011 Civil War Trust Photography Contest Kicks Off

Popular Annual Contest is Co-Sponsored by Historyâ„¢ and the Center for Civil War Photography

(Washington, D.C.) – One hundred and fifty years ago this summer, famous photographers like Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner began arriving on the blood-soaked battlefields of America’s Civil War and made that conflict the first to be extensively documented by photojournalists. The scenes they captured haunt us to this day, and the locations they visited continue to draw us with their scenic beauty and profound meaning. 

Today, as we mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of those bloody but pivotal days, the Civil War Trust has again teamed up with History™ and the Center for Civil War Photography (CCWP) to sponsor a national photography competition to promote appreciation of America’s rich Civil War heritage. 

“There is no better way to commemorate the Civil War’s 150th anniversary than to visit those places where history itself unfolded,” said Trust president James Lighthizer.  “Seeing these sites for yourself can help you understand the events that transpired there much more deeply, stirring the imagination.  We are driven to capture images of these places so we can share that experience with others.” 

In addition to showcasing modern images of sites associated with the Civil War, the contest is designed to encourage closer study of the many fascinating images taken during the conflict. CCWP, a nonprofit group dedicated to educating the public about Civil War photography and its role in the conflict, sponsors the competition’s “Then and Now” category.

As part of the organizations ongoing efforts to encourage reflection on the significance of the sesquicentennial, there will be a special each year for the duration of the anniversary period.  This year, that category will solicit images highlighting the events, personalities and legacy of 1861. 

Amateur photographers are invited to submit Civil War-related photos in five different categories: (1) Civil War Battlefields, showcasing the solemn and scenic landscapes of these hallowed grounds; (2) People on Civil War Battlefields , focusing on visitors young and old enjoying their time on the battlefield; (3) Preservation Threats, illustrating the grave threats faced by many Civil War battlefields and historic sites; (4) Then and Now, contrasting early images of Civil War battlefields with the same sites today; and (5) The Sesquicentennial: 1861.  Students aged 13–18 may submit their work in the special High School division.

The winner of each category will receive a one-year membership (or membership extension) to the Trust and a special plaque, while the Grand Prize winner will receive free registration to the organization’s 2012 annual conference, in Richmond, Va.  Second- and third-place winners will receive certificates of recognition. All winning images will be featured in Trust publications and on Additionally, the winner of the “Then and Now” category will receive a free registration to the Center for Civil War Photography’s annual Image of War seminar (date and location to be announced).

All submissions to the contest must be uploaded to the Trust site at Flickr™ is one of the internet’s premier photo-sharing websites and provides free membership and a user-friendly interface
for uploading photos and providing relevant captions. Once uploaded, photos must be tagged to ensure their consideration in the correct category.

Participants must be amateur photographers and at least 13 years old. Employees of sponsoring organizations and their families are not eligible. The deadline for entries is August 15, 2011. Individuals can submit an
unlimited number of photographs, but each image will only be considered in one category. For complete contest rules and instructions on how to enter, visit the Trust online at

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at


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