When you think about Warrensburg, what images come to mind?

That’s exactly what sponsors of a new photo contest want participants to consider as they seek submissions for “Snapshots of the Burg,” a joint effort between Warrensburg Main Street and students at the University of Central Missouri to gather fresh, new images for use in promoting the community to others.

The online contest is currently underway, featuring six categories in which entries of photos highlighting the city can be made, along with an opportunity to win prizes. The categories include: Burg Dogs, Burg Bites, Burg Buildings, Trip Down Memory Lane, College Life, as well as a category for youth age 18 and under.

Within these different photo groups, contestants will be sharing photos of themselves and their furry friends at various community destinations, food shots from local eateries, interesting structures, photos depicting their favorite Warrensburg memories, studying with friends, and a wide variety of other local scenes. All photos must be taken in Warrensburg.

The contest opened Feb. 17 and closes at midnight March 1. Submissions will be voted on via Facebook likes, and the top photo selected from each category will be announced March 23. Top entries also will be displayed at the annual Warrensburg Main Street Art Walk, Pine and Holden streets, April 3.

Students enrolled in the Advanced Events Management course taught by Keira Solon, assistant professor in the School of Business Strategy, Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, developed the idea for the competition as part of a collaborative learning experience with Warrensburg Main Street. Students in this course are working with Main Street to make this event possible.

Individuals who want to learn more about the contest, including how to register and submit photos, can visit warrensburgmainstreet.org and click on “Photos of the Burg.”

Randy Kirby