Compete For the Chance to Win Prizes:

- A ROOM ANd spa FOR 2 AT THE BEAUTIFUL GARDEN OF THE GODS CLUB AND RESORT

- 4 TICKETS TO THE CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO FEATURING THE AUSTRALIAN WALKABOUT

- Your photo will be exhibited in colorado springs and in bankstown, australia


Click here to go to the art gallery see pictures of the gorgeous Garden of the Gods Club and Resort!
 


Do you have a favorite hang or a favorite nature area? Whether you get your kicks at Garden of the Gods or take in the altitude on Pike's Peak, we want to see your top shot!


HOW TO ENTER:

Submit your top shot of your favorite place in Colorado Springs!

1.  Make sure to prepare your high resolution image to be no larger than 10MB, in .jpg or .png format.  
(If you're chosen as a finalist, we'll ask you to submit the original-sized image. So be sure to keep the original-sized image handy.)

3.  Send it to ablakemore@sistercitycs.us

4.  Be sure to include your name, address, email address, and title of your photo in the body of your email submission.

5.  Do you have questions? Contact Alyssa Blakemore, Chair of the Bankstown Program at ablakemore@sistercitycs.us

The competition period is from September 15th until September 29nd, 2015.

 

Contest Terms and Conditions:

1. No images supplied in hard copy will be accepted.
2. Submissions must be a single image with only minor manipulation/touch-ups, for example correction of red-eye, cropping, and straightening of photos.
3. No collages or submissions containing multiple images will be eligible to win in the competition. HDR and images compiled into a single panorama are permissible. 
4. People and locations featured in the photograph must comply with model and property releases as detailed below. 
5. Photographs must not contain ‘user placed text.’ Items such as comments or titles are restricted to the artist’s statement section of the submission form. 
6. The competition is open to all ages but those under 18 must have the permission of a parent or guardian to do so. 
7. The photograph must be taken in Colorado Springs, CO. 
8. The entrant must be the creator of the image. 
9. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. While the entrant can enter multiple photos, each image can only be entered once. 
10. All photos must be entered before midnight on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. While the copyright of the image remains with the photographer, the entrant grants Colorado Springs Sister Cities International and any other public or private agency authorized by Colorado Springs Sister Cities International the use and rights of the image in promotional publications, and other media, without compensation.
11. By entering the competition, the entrant confirms that they have sufficient permission of any recognizable locations or people appearing in their photograph and this permission is granted to both the photographer and Colorado Springs Sister Cities International to publish. 
12. Photo competition judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry. Criteria for disqualification includes (but is not limited to) photos that are deemed obscene, threatening, or otherwise violate any laws. This is at Colorado Springs Sister Cities International's absolute discretion and discussions will not be entered into. 
13. Colorado Springs Sister Cities International is not responsible for any lost, late or misdirected entries. 
14. Colorado Springs Sister Cities International will appoint judges to determine the placing of competition entries. The judge’s decision on all entries is final.
*Paid members of Colorado Springs Sister Cities International are not eligible to participate.

By submitting your photograph, you agree to the terms and conditions.

 


about bankstown, australia

Bankstown is a suburb of south-western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Bankstown is located 20 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre of the local government area of the City of Bankstown.

Prior to European settlement, Cumberland Plains Woodland occupied much of the area. Turpentine ironbark forest covered much of what is now Bankstown. The land was occupied by the Bediagal people. Their land bordered the Dharawal and the Darung people. The Aboriginal inhabitants strongly opposed the European settlers. The resistance ceased after a number of their leaders were killed or imprisoned in 1816. In that year an epidemic broke out amongst the native people which reduced the Aboriginal populations, this also contributed to the end of their resistance.

In 1795, Matthew Flinders and George Bass explored up the Georges River for about 20 miles beyond what had been previously surveyed, and reported favourably to Governor Hunter of the land on its banks. Hunter examined the country himself, and established one of the pioneer colonies there, called Bank's Town, today written as one word Bankstown.

Hunter named it in honour of botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who travelled to Australia with Captain James Cook in 1770. The area of first European settlement along the river has been partially preserved as part of the Mirambeena Regional Park. The Bankstown City area includes large areas of the Georges River National Park.

One hundred years after its naming, Bankstown was proclaimed a municipal district on 9 September 1895. At this time there was a feeling of impending growth which was further strengthened by the promise of increased railway extensions. Municipalities that were already constituted became ambitious, and, in 1894, both Enfield and Auburn Councils announced their intention to absorb Bankstown as part of their own municipalities. However, a petition was organised and signed by 300 residents resulting in Bankstown retaining its individual status. And on 9 September 1895 it was proclaimed a municipal district. The first election was held on 2 November 1895. With 884 electors on the roll, 112 people voted to cast a total of 213 votes. Each ratepayer was entitled to 1.4 votes according to the assessed value of his property. Women were not allowed to vote at this stage.

The first town hall and Council Chambers were built in 1898 on the northern side of the Hume Highway (Liverpool Road), near Rookwood Road (site of the Three Swallows Hotel). The council chambers were relocated to a new building in South Terrace (now Old Town Centre Plaza) in June 1918. The building still stands and now has a shopping arcade running through it.

Bankstown Council relocated to its third premises in 1963 when the Civic Centre that is located on the corner of Chapel Road and The Mall was constructed. It included the Council Chambers or ‘Roundhouse’, as it’s called and is still in use today as an administration building. The current town hall was built in 1973. The administration building was destroyed by fire on 1 July 1997. Council offices relocated to Bankstown Civic Tower (the blue tower) in 1999 and on 13 June 2000 Bankstown’s now popular Central Park, where the former administration building once stood, was officially declared Paul Keating Park. On 27 May 1980, during a visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Bankstown was accorded city status. Read the entire Wikipedia

The Acer Stadium in Bankstown

Old Town Centre Plaza in Bankstown

In addition to being the location of the US Olympic Committee headquarters for the 2000 Olympics, the city was the site of the cycling events for the games in the coliseum pictured here. The idea of a sister city relationship with Colorado Springs grew out of this contact because the US Olympic Headquarters is located in Colorado Springs.

Interesting Links

Bankstown City Website

 

 

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