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Oregon Blue Book is looking for a few good photos of Jackson County

Did you know Jackson County has never appeared on the cover of the Oregon Blue Book?

It's one of 20 of Oregon's 36 counties that have never been represented on the front cover, and the Secretary of State's Office hopes to rectify that.

The office is encouraging amateur photographers from Jackson and the other 19 counties to enter its annual Blue Book cover photo contest for a spot on the front or the back.

The State Archives, which publishes the Oregon Blue Book, is seeking color photos that represent some aspect of Oregon to grace the front and back covers of the 2015 edition.

The contest is open to amateur photographers who are residents of Oregon. Photographs must be taken in the state, and must have a vertical (portrait) orientation.

A state icon at over 100 years old, the Blue Book is published every other year and is the state's official fact book and almanac with listings and descriptions of government agencies and educational institutions. It includes an almanac, maps, state history and election history as well as information about the arts, media, and other Oregon cultural institutions.

Previous front covers have displayed south-central Oregon's "Diamond Lake at Sunrise," fireworks lighting the night sky over downtown Portland, Oregon's south coast "Shore Acres at Sunset" and the Rocking OK Ranch north of Joseph on a stormy morning.

Previous back covers include pinot noir wine grapes in a spider web, a great blue heron at Summer Lake in Tigard, a young bobcat in a Malheur County tree, and driftwood at Cape Kiwanda.

Entries must be original prints and must not have been previously published or significantly altered. All entries become part of the Archives' permanent collection of Oregon photographs, and those not selected for the cover may be used elsewhere in the online Blue Book with full credit to the photographer.

Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 6, 2014. Send entries to: Blue Book Photo Editor, Secretary of State, Archives Division, 800 Summer St., N.E., Salem, OR 97310.

For more guidelines and an entry form, visit http://bluebook.state.or.us/misc/contest/guidelines.htm. Questions should be directed to the Blue Book editor at 503-378-5199 or by email at bluebook.changes@state.or.us.