Justin Rudd and CAT Invite You To Enter “Say Cheese Long Beach!” 24-hour Photo Contest This Weekend

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CAT invites you to enter the Long Beach-themed 24-hour photo contest this weekend with $1,000 in prize money.

Entry is free. There is no pre-registration. Entering the contest is simple. Participants will upload their best snapshots on the contest website, and the entries received will be juried. Winning photos will be selected on criteria such as theme, photographic excellence, visual impact and artistic quality. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages will use all kinds of digital cameras, from cell phones to high-end cameras.

The “Say Cheese Long Beach!” 24-hr. digital photo contest’s mission is to capture images of Long Beach that celebrate this vast, vivid, vibrant city. This is your chance to explore your creative, humorous or serious side to create a blended expression of our community. The contest aims to capture moments during our lives and the life of our community — taking us from dawn to dusk. We expect that this Long Beach family album of sorts will inspire, amuse, and on occasion, disturb. Sample photos, full rules and details: www.JustinRudd.com/photocontest.html

The project was created in 2008 and is presented by Belmont Shore resident Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.).

Photos must be taken within the city limits of Long Beach from noon on Sat., Sept. 14, 2013, til noon on Sun., Sept. 15, 2013. You can upload your photos only between noon and 8 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 15, 2013, at www.BradAndBrad.com/saycheese.

So, picture this: amateur and seasoned photographers of all ages, taking Long Beach photographs that define aspects of their lives during the same period. Anyone can enter — just start snapping digital photos during the dates/times of whatever and whomever you like during the day and/or night. Photos might include, but are not limited to home life, work, religious events, secular happenings, nature/landscape, indoor life, outdoor decorations, pets, humor, drama, action, friends, family, city life, beach life or a historical place.

Thurs., Sept. 19, 5-9 p.m. next to Chase Bank, 5200 E. 2nd St. during the Stroll & Savor event. This is an outdoors exhibit. Awards at 7 p.m. Winning photographers will get $50 bills.

BONUS: Those who attend the 20-minute informational/kick-off meeting for the contest (Sat., Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.,sharp), in front of Chase Bank on 2nd St. will be allowed to submit 5 additional images for the contest.

8. NEW/UPDATED RULE: Enter/upload your photos in the contest as a JPEG, 2048 x 1536 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixels. You can shoot in raw, high dynamic range (HDR) or shoot bigger files, but submit as JPEG within size ranges listed here.
9. NEW: MINIMAL, basic processing, manipulation and/or enhancement and high dynamic range (HDR) is allowed. NOTE: the contest is about the photo and not one’s ability to operate iPhoto, Photoshop or Lightroom or some other photo manipulation software. EXAMPLES: you are allowed to use red-eye removal; you are NOT allowed to add or remove objects from a photo. BOTTOM LINE: make the photo look good in camera. We want to see your photo looking as good as the way you saw it when you took it.
10. NEW: No composites. We do not allow the merging of photographs (compositing). BOTTOM LINE: make the photo look good in camera.

Sample photos, full rules and details: www.JustinRudd.com/photocontest.html. Contact Justin@JustinRudd.com

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