Each year, the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum sponsor the “Essence of Bellingham” photography competition in the spring. Digital or scanned entries gathered over the previous year that capture the “essence” of Bellingham are showcased and added to a collection documenting Bellingham and the diverse nature of life in our city and county. Entries may appear in Whatcom Museum and City of Bellingham publications and in various places such as print, TV, and the Internet.
As we transition from film to digital cameras in our society, there are countless images being created digitally. This competition aims to help preserve these images before they are lost. The average citizen’s idea of what the “Essence of Bellingham” is will be an invaluable historical asset to this and future generations.
Entry is closed for 2016. Check back in early 2017 for next year’s competition. For more information visit the City of Bellingham’s Essence of Bellingham page.