“Say Cheese Long Beach” 24-hour Digital Photo Contest Returns Saturday, September 15

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$1,000 cash will be awarded for the best photos! Photographers of all ages and abilities are encourage to take photos within the city limits of Long Beach from Sat., Sept. 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. til Sun., Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. Photographers with the 10 best images will each receive $100 cash, a blue ribbon and public recognition. And, all of the best photos will be unveiled at a public outdoor exhibit on 2nd Street during the Belmont Shore Art Walk on Sat., Oct. 20, 2012.

More than 100 photographers are expected to take part in this 5th-annual contest sponsored by Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). Photographers are welcome from all across Southern California.

Entry is free. To enter the contest read the rules at www.JustinRudd.com, then take all kinds of photos with the city limits during the specified 24-hour timeframe, then upload your best 10 images on that Web site. Winners will be selected on the basis of originality, style, creativity, photographic excellence, visual impact, artistic quality, degree of difficulty, overall photo quality, and content (capturing a moment). To submit 5 additional images, read details below.

Some rules include: Photos may not be manipulated or enhanced. Resizing and cropping are allowed. Cell phone images welcome. All entries must be in color, JPEG format, and 2048×1536 pixels to 4000×3000 pixels.

Contestants that attend a 10-minute orientation with organizer Justin Rudd on Sat. Sept. 15 at 10 a.m., sharp, will be allowed to submit 5 additional images to be judged. The orientation will be on the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave. during Rudd’s monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanup. Free parking at 1 Granada Ave. if you help pick up some beach trash.

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.

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, community happenings, nature/landscape, indoor life, outdoor decorations, pets, humor, drama, action, friends, family, city life, beach life or a historical place.

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.

We do NOT want to see time/date stamps on your photos. But, make sure the clock on your camera is set to the correct time, since all photos must be taken within the allotted time period. Digital photos allow organizers to see the day and time photos were taken.

For additional info visit www.JustinRudd.com/photocontest.html or contact Justin@JustinRudd.com.

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