Justin Buchanan
UNK Photography Club president, neccrunner@hotmail.com

A photography contest at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will raise money for a student planning to help families and children living in poverty.

The contest, which will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., on Saturday, March 12, will be held in the Sandhills Room, located in the Nebraskan Student Union.

For a $10 entry fee, the participants may enter two photos, size 8-by-10 or larger, to be judged and critiqued within seven categories. The categories include scenic, animal, people, still life, miscellaneous, 14 and under, and people’s choice. Participants may enter up to 10 photos.

People’s Choice winner will receive a $100 grand prize. Prizes will also be awarded for first and second place winners in all other categories.

Photos may also be displayed and sold with a 15 percent commission going to the Photography Club. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting a student who will be doing mission work.

“The money is going to the person doing the traveling,” said Justin Buchanan of St. Paul, UNK Photography Club president. “It is $5,000 to go, and you don’t get paid while you are there. It is expensive, and you don’t make any money, so this is to help her afford to go.”

Britney Zeller, a UNK senior from Elwood, will travel through New Mission Systems International to Southeast Asia, where families experience poverty and human trafficking in everyday life.

“It is a region where 200 million out of 600 million people live on less than a dollar a day,” Zeller said. “That is one out of three people.”

Although the photography show is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted.

For more information, or to enter the contest, contact Buchanan at buchananjl@lopers.unk.edu.

Photography Club officers and members will be involved the day of the contest. Photography Club officers include: Lacie Wiese of Doniphan, secretary; Jennifer Frisch of Lindsay, vice president; Corinne O’Dea of McCook, treasurer; and Justin Buchanan of St. Paul, president.