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Tyler Gerth Memorial Photography Contest open until October 7

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The Tyler Gerth Foundation is celebrating the life of Tyler Gerth through a photography contest open to all Olmsted Park enthusiasts.

The competition is open until October 7. Working with local organizations, the Tyler Gerth Foundation works to advocate for a more equitable world for the next generation through projects that focus on education, collaboration and unification, according to a statement.

Tyler Gerth was just 27 when he was shot and killed in Jefferson Square in June 2020. Gerth was an active photographer in social justice protests that year.

His family honors his legacy through programs such as the Building Equal Bridges Trinity High School Scholarship, the Tyler Gerth Polaroid Project, and the 5K “Be Great to Each Other” memorial.

“We are pleased to be working with Olmsted Parks Conservancy on the Tyler Gerth Memorial Photography Contest which will honor Tyler and showcase his passions for photography and connection with nature,” the Gerth family said. “It was Tyler’s time in national, state and local parks, where he sought solitude and a deeper meaning in life – it helped him find his greater purpose and sense of self. We have looking forward to seeing all the beautiful photographs submitted and the diversity of perspectives from the artists.

Photos must feature scenes from all 17 Olmsted parks and walkways. To see the full list of parks, click or tap here.

The first place winner will receive a $100 gift card for Murphy’s Camera and all winning images will be featured in Olmsted Parks Conservancy communications and marketing materials, according to the release.

“Tyler Gerth left this world too soon, but his legacy lives on through the work that his family champions in his memory. It is an honor to partner with them in showcasing photography as an artistic medium in through which we can share our views with the wider community,” said Layla George, President and CEO of Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “Frederick Law Olmsted designed our park system as an equitable community resource and, like bridges, our boardwalks connect one neighborhood to another.We are honored to honor Tyler Gerth and partner with Building Equal Bridges to promote Louisville’s love of parks and photography.