Justin Rudd’s Annual “Say Cheese Long Beach” 24-hour Digital Photo Contest Returns Sunday October 9th

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Photo by Mike Baird

What does a typical day look like in Long Beach, Calif.? On Columbus Day Weekend, from 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 to 1 p.m. on Monday, October 10, life in Long Beach will be immortalized through digital photography. SAY, “CHEESE,” LONG BEACH! will culminate with a major photography exhibit, reception, and awards ceremony featuring the entrants’ best snapshots.

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.).

In some year’s past, a photo book was created with the images after the contest and exhibit.

The 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.

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.

Entry is free. Entering the contest is simple. Participants will submit their 10-15 best snapshots via the contest Web site, www.JustinRudd.com/photocontest.html and the entries received will be juried. Winning photos will be selected on criteria such as theme, photographic excellence, visual impact and artistic quality.

The result will be an intricate composite of photos with fresh perspectives on Long Beach. The subjects of the images are at the discretion of the photographer. We want to see an eclectic mix of photographers with a varied range of photos from a wide variety of places in our city…from the mundane to the artsy.

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