Chamber Launches Online Photo Contest

Todd Tranum from the County Chamber and Ray Christopher of Textiva

DUNKIRK – The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is running a new online photo contest using cutting edge social media technology which was developed in Dunkirk.  In partnership with TexTivia, which is housed in the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, the Chamber has started the photo contest on its Facebook page:

Photographs must have been taken in Chautauqua County to be eligible.  Once a photo is uploaded to the site, the photographer can encourage friends to like the Chamber page and vote for their picture. The winners will be chosen by a guest panel from the top ten vote getters.  The contest will continue through Labor Day, and winners will be announced in October.  All prizes will be awarded in Shoptauqua Gift Checks as follows:  $350 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place.

Chamber President and CEO Todd Tranum said, “Our goal is to drive more traffic to our Facebook page and in turn drive more traffic to our members. This is part of our effort to help our members increase their sales by leveraging social media. In addition, this is a great way for us to highlight some terrific, talented photographers here in Chautauqua County while also demonstrating the type of innovative technology industries we have here.  Ray Christopher and the team at TexTivia are working at the forefront of social media technology, with his Facebook application packages that include contests, sweepstakes, and coupons.”

“TexTivia helps introduce your business to the hundreds of thousands of Facebook users in your local area. Every business owner has wondered how to get more likes on Facebook, or ‘How can I get more followers on Twitter?’ We provide the solution to these questions,” stated Ray Christopher of Textivia.

“In an effort to reach more businesses we have partnered with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce to offer a special program to help businesses better utilize social media to increase their sales,” stated Christopher.

“TexTivia is available to all businesses in Chautauqua County, and is offered to Chamber members at a discounted price,” added Tranum.

The contest and new Chamber program was unveiled during a news conference Wednesday at the Technology Incubator, Central Avenue in Dunkirk.

Additional contest rules are:  if people are included in your photo you must secure their permission to be photographed; and the photographer must grant the Chamber the right to use their image for Chamber marketing purposes.  Complete details are available on the Chamber’s Facebook page at