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Tyler Gerth Memorial Photography Contest Open Through October 7

Partnership with Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Building Equal Bridges Foundation celebrates parks and photography

LOUISVILLE, KY – September 23, 2022 Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Building Equal Bridges – The Tyler Gerth Foundation celebrate the life of Tyler Gerth with a photography contest open to all Olmsted Park enthusiasts through October 7. The Tyler Gerth Foundation works with local organizations to advocate for a more equitable world for the next generation through projects that focus on education, collaboration, and unification. The historic Olmsted Park System connects nature and neighborhood, providing the perfect environment to document community spaces and connections through the art of photography, as Gerth did so beautifully.  

Throughout the nation, thousands participated in the demonstrations surrounding the murder of Breonna Taylor, and Tyler Gerth was one of them. Capturing the story through the camera lens was his passion and the gift he shared with others. On June 27, 2020, Tyler was tragically killed while photographing and supporting the movement for racial justice in Louisville. The Gerth family continues to honor his legacy through programs such as the Building Equal Bridges Trinity High School Scholarship, The Tyler Gerth Polaroid Project, and the “Be Excellent to Each Other” Memorial 5K.

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

Photos should feature scenes from the 17 Olmsted Parks and Parkways. The sites include the flagship parks (Shawnee, Iroquois, and Cherokee) along with neighborhood parks and parkways. A full list of parks is found at www.olmstedparks.org.

Photographs will be judged on visual appeal, creativity and by category. Entry deadline is Friday, October 7, 2022. Please submit photographs, entry forms and photo release forms to photos@olmstedparks.org. The first-place winner will receive a $100 gift card to Murphy’s Camera. All winning images will be featured in Olmsted Parks Conservancy communications and marketing materials, including our annual note card collection.


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

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About Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established in 1989 to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s historic 17 Olmsted Parks and 6 Parkways. Working as a non-profit partner with Louisville Parks and Recreation, the Conservancy provides planning and funding for park improvements and natural areas management through donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. In 2019, Olmsted Parks Conservancy celebrated our 30th year connecting nature and neighborhood and overseeing $40 million in investment in our Olmsted Parks.  olmstedparks.org  

About Building Equal Bridges, The Tyler Gerth Foundation Building Equal Bridges, The Tyler Gerth Foundation exists to carry on the name and legacy of Tyler Gerth. Fueled by our core values of unification, education, and collaboration, we seek to create a more equitable world for the next generation, paved by those driven and determined to make it so.buildingequalbridges.com

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