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Released October 8, 2004

LONGLEAF TRACE SUBJECT OF PHOTO CONTEST

HATTIESBURG -- Friends of the Trace, a group of supporters of the Longleaf Trace, are sponsoring a photo contest in conjunction with the American Trails 2004 contest for photographs of National Recreation Trails across the country.

Winners of the Longleaf Trace contest will be on display all year at the Gateway at The University of Southern Mississippi and will be entered in the national contest. The second annual national contest provides awards in several categories and shows off entries on the National Recreation Trails Web site. The goal of the contest is to highlight the diversity of the National Recreation Trails and to make more Americans familiar with these trails.

Entries should be good photos of trail users, as well as special facilities, construction, and volunteers. Awards will be given in four categories: Trail Use, including hiking and walking, bicycling, and equestrian; Trail Management, including training and education, health and fitness, and youth and volunteers; Trail Features, including urban trails and greenways, historic features, and scenery and natural features; as well as a new category, Arts on the Trails, which could include interpretive displays or other creative endeavors.

The deadline for submission is Nov. 15, 2004. Entries may be submitted in digital formats, such as JPEG or TIFF, or as slides or negatives. Digital images may be submitted via e-mail to info@longleaftrace.org if attachments are less than two megabytes. Slides or negatives must be 35mm, and may be either color or black and white.

Entries may be mailed to P.O. Box 15187, Hattiesburg, MS 39404, and should include the following information: location of where on the Longleaf Trace the pictures were taken; your name; photographer's name, if different; address; phone number; and e-mail address. For more information, call Sarah Moscript at (601) 266-5644 or visit www.mylongleaftrace.com.

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November 23, 2004 9:23 AM