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The mayors of Alabama’s 10 largest cities launched a statewide photography competition to showcase the distinct character and beauty of the state. Photographers welcome: A $500 Visa gift card and recognition is in it for the top pic.

The competition runs until Sept. 4, following Labor Day weekend.

Residents from Auburn, Birmingham, Decatur, Dothan, Hoover, Huntsville, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa are asked to submit their best pictures of their respective cities.

How to enter

Contest participants are asked to submit their entries via direct message to the Alabama Big 10 Mayors’ Facebook page.

The mayors will share these posts through social media. The photo that garners the most likes will be declared the winner. The winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card and recognition from the Alabama Big 10 Mayors’ platform.

“From the mountains of the Tennessee Valley to the Alabama Gulf Coast and everything in between, our state – and our state’s cities – are some of the most individually unique as any in the country,” the group said in a collective statement. “Whether it’s history, culture, architecture, entertainment, or natural beauty, Alabama’s ten biggest cities have something to offer for everyone.

“The unique character of each of Alabama’s largest cities is important and worth showcasing. We want to give each of these cities’ residents the opportunity to show their city pride and share their city’s beauty through the lens of a camera. We urge all Big 10 residents with an artistic eye for the camera to snap some photos of their city and submit it for this competition and give your city a chance to win this contest.”