Verne Morton Memorial Photography Show & Contest

6th Annual Verne Morton Memorial Photography Show & Contest

Posted by  //  August 4, 2014  //  Arts & Live Music, News

By April Scheffler

It doesn’t matter whether where you are from, whether you are young or old, a rookie or a pro, your special photographs of Groton, New York are wanted for the 6h Annual Verne Morton Memorial Photography Show & Contest.  Taking place during Groton Olde Home Days, this annual event is really all about us.  It is a way to look around at the beautiful place where we live, work and play and capture something unique to share with the Groton community.

Verne Morton, who was born in Groton in 1868, took over twelve thousand photographs during his lifetime, most of which were taken within Groton.  Morton’s subject matter included nature, animals, small children at play, the homes of his neighbors and people living and working in the rural countryside where he had his roots.  Often called “the photographer who made the commonplace compelling,” his work is beautiful, artistic, and a true historical treasure.    Verne Morton photos can be viewed at the History Center of Tompkins County, in Ithaca, and online at

The purpose of this photo show is to continue creating Groton’s pictorial history and keeping it for future generations.  Organizers, April Scheffler and Robin Cargian, say that they get 40 – 50 photos each year.  Each year there are more people entering and the photos just keep getting better.  They have scheduled their Gala Opening for Friday, August 15, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and an all-day show on Saturday, August 16, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Boulevard, Groton, New York.

Anyone interested in entering the photo show can get information from the Groton Town Clerk’s Office; by calling 607-898-5035; emailing; or going online to  Please remember, all photos must be taken within either the Town or Village of Groton.  There is no cost to enter and prizes will be awarded.

The Verne Morton Memorial Photography Show is sponsored by the Town of Groton and made possible, in part, by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.  A special thank you is given to the History Center of Tompkins County for use of Verne Morton photographs.

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