Photo contest judging to begin on Saturday

JC AMBERLYN/Miner

JC AMBERLYN/Miner

KINGMAN - Residents and travelers will be allowed to participate in Route 66 history starting later this week.

The Ramada Kingman invites the public to swing by from Saturday through April 30 and help pick the best photos submitted by photographers from all over the world during a contest that started in March.

The lobby, conference room and lounge will exhibit the photos as the hotel is transformed into a Route 66 photo gallery. The diversity of photographers submitting prints represents the international fascination with the historic highway.

"We are encouraging as many people as we can to vote," said Ramada Kingman General Manager Ben Daniels.

This is the first year the establishment has held this type of contest. The plan is to print the pictures and put four or five in each of the 120 rooms as part of constant remodeling projects happening at the hotel.

"We have mural artists that are continually adding their art to the hotel, but nothing like this photo contest. Anyone with a camera can do this," Daniels said. "We trying to tell the story of why to stay in Kingman."

In addition to prizes for winning submissions, photographers will receive a commission from sold prints.

Even Daniels' wife, Diana, is getting in on the project.

"She's not eligible for prizes," he said. "She did it for fun and in hopes of providing more quality photos to the contest."

There are currently about 240 photos of locations along the entire highway.

Prizes include tour packages to Chillin' on Beale Street events, Grand Canyon Caverns, a one-night stay for two at the motel, tickets to Zinfest Painting and Comedy Date Night, Canyon 66 gift certificates and copies of Jim Hinckley's book "America."

Information and instructions on how to upload and vote for photos can be found here: www.ramadakingman.com/photo-contest/.