WEDDINGTON — The Optimist Club of Weddington has announced their first photography contest. This contest encourages students to display their creativity through a camera lens. Students will submit one photo that they feel represents one line from the Optimist Creed. They will explain in a few sentences how their photo represents the line they chose. The contest is expected to be an annual event.

The competition is open to any high school senior in Union County. The last day to enter the contest is Oct. 20.

The Weddington Optimist Club will judge students’ work based on content and creativity to determine the winner. The top two winners will receive cash awards of $150 and $100. In addition, there will be an Instagram fan vote. All submissions will be posted on the Optimist Club’s Instagram account. The one receiving the most “likes” will receive a $50 cash award.

“As they prepare for their future, this contest will encourage students to think creatively,” Chairperson Gabriella Dunkle said. “In this way, our club hopes to bring out the best in each of them and help them achieve their goals for the future.”

For more information contact Dunkle at or go to the Optimist web site,, to download the contest rules.

The Weddington Optimist Club has been active in the community since 1980. Other programs and service projects the club is involved in include an Essay contest, five $2,000 College scholarships, an Oratorical contest, a Visual Arts contest, a Most Improved Student party and Breakfast with Santa.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with over 60,000 adult and youth members in almost 2,500 clubs in the United State, Canada, Mexico and throughout the world.