Gallery One Ellleven will be presenting the pictures of the “Beauty of Vernon” contest winners beginning August 9.

The “Beauty of Vernon” is a contest hosted by the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce. Local photographers enter photographs of Vernon Parish and the Chamber chooses 12 winning photographs.

The 12 winners will be featured in the Chamber’s annual calendar.

Along with the 12 winners, the Chamber will also select six runner up photos.

You do not have to wait for the calendar to be published to see the photos, however. Gallery One Ellleven in Leesville is hosting an exhibition of each finalists’ photo to the general public.

The photos are currently on display within Gallery One Ellleven and will be available for viewing throughout the month of August.

The Gallery will be hosting a reception on Saturday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the winners.

It will include the aforementioned 12 finalists and 6 runner up photographs, as well as hors d'oeuvres and refreshments for all attending guests.

The reception will be available for all ages.

The grand prize winner for the “Beauty of Vernon” photo contest will be announced at the reception as well.

The winner will have their picture featured on the cover of the annual calendar and will receive a $500 grand prize.

In addition to the reception, the Gallery will also be hosting a silent auction. Members of Gallery One Ellleven will be donating their own art pieces for the auction, which will run through the length of the reception.

At the end of the month, the Gallery will host another reception, which will see final bids being placed and the winners of the auction being announced.

The “Beauty of Vernon” is an annual photo competition held by the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce, which sees photographers and artists using their talents to capture the sights of Vernon Parish for the public.

The contest this year had 180 submissions, each of which were judged by a panel before picking the 12 finalists to include in the annual Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce calendar.

The calendars will be free to the public and available at the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce once they are fully produced and ready for distribution.