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Murrysville Photo Contest expands to include Delmont, Export

November 12, 2018

Everyone is an amateur photographer nowadays.

As cell phone cameras continue to produce better, higher-quality images with each new iteration, documenting daily life has become a normal part of many people’s routine.

Murrysville Photo Contest organizers are hoping that will translate to even more entries in their 2018 competition.

Lori Fitzgerald of Murrysville took first place in last year’s “People & Pets” category, and she had a simple philosophy when it came to snapping a winning photo.

“Water plus kids is always a combination for some good photos,” she said of her shot, which featured her son helping to wash emergency vehicles at the Murrysville Medic One headquarters off Sardis Road.

“I’ve always been interested in photography, and about five years ago I took a class from a local photographer and learned how to do the things I’ve always wanted my camera to do,” she said.

The contest is open to anyone from children through seniors, with a special category for younger photographers.

Fitzgerald said she has a lot of admiration for the more-experienced shutterbugs.

“The folks who do the landscape photography, they’re amazing,” she said. “I could never hope to compete with them. I enjoy doing it as amateur, because there are no expectations. I like being able to do it for my kids’ school, for church or for fun.”

While in the past, contest entries must have been snapped somewhere in Murrysville, this year’s contest has been expanded to include photographs taken anywhere in Export or Delmont as well.

Entries are due by midnight on Dec. 31, and up to three photos can be submitted.

Fitzgerald said aspiring photographers would do well to follow her path

“If you can learn hands-on from someone who knows how to use their camera and just keep shooting, practicing and trying different settings,” Fitzgerald said. “Getting your camera off of auto mode can really open up a whole new world.”

For the full contest rules and how to enter, see MurrysvillePhotoContest.org.

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