COSHOCTON -- Plans are under way for the 2012 Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival Photo Contest.

Camera buffs from around the state are invited to enter their best photo or photos featuring hot air balloons.

The balloon festival, which is hosted by the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Frontier Power Company, will be June 8-10 at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds.

Scott Walling, chairperson of the photo contest, has announced the following guidelines:

All photographs must be submitted by the original photographer, along with name, address, phone number, and category.

Photos must be 5-inch by 7-inch, matted or mounted with a white border or background only and cannot exceed 8-inch by 10-inch including border.

Photos may be submitted and will be judged as original prints or enhanced photos.

Entry deadline is April 27 at 4 p.m.

An individual may submit up to three photos per category but may not win more than one award per category aside from the People's Choice Award.

Photographs must be in color and may be taken from areas other than Coshocton.

By entering the contest, photographers agree to have their submitted photograph displayed or printed in chamber of commerce sponsored publications without fee or other compensation.

A panel of three judges will select first, second, and third place winners in each category.

The general public will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite photo to select one People's Choice Award.

Contest winners will be announced just prior to the evening balloon launch on Saturday, June 9 and there are prizes for each category.

Entries can be mailed or delivered to: Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce, 401 Main St., Coshocton, OH 43812.