Say “Cheese” Long Beach! 24 Hour Photo Contest Returns

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Photo by Steve Harwood

Next contest: Aug. 28-29, 2010, noon to noon
SoCal public invited to enter for free; no registration required

More than 300 area amateur and professional digital photographers took part in the last three SAY CHEESE LONG BEACH! photo contests sponsored by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT).

For the 2010 contest, entrants are able to submit their 10 best digital images taken within the city limits of Long Beach from noon on Aug. 28 to noon on Aug. 29. A panel of photojournalists will jury the submitted images and will select a top-10. The top 200 or so photos will printed as a 4×6 and will be unveiled Sat., Sept. 4 (location to be announced) by Rudd and prize money will be presented during the ceremony.

The photographers of the top-10 images will each receive $100. You can win more than one prize. Rules about the contest can be found below. Join our digital photographers e-mail list HERE.

The goal of SAY, “CHEESE,” LONG BEACH! is to visually record all aspects of our community during the 24-hour period.

What does a typical holiday season look like in Long Beach, Calif.? From noon to noon on Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 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 and is presented by Belmont Shore resident Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.).

A photo book and/or calendar is expected to be created with the images after the contest.

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 from noon to noon on Aug. 28 to Aug. 29 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 e-mail (or burn a disc to turn in) their 10 best snapshots 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.

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

It’s time for some local exposure, so pick up your camera and SAY, “CHEESE,” LONG BEACH! Okay…Ready, set, click!


  • 1. To enter this free contest, please submit your photograph(s) by 8 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 29 to (preferred) or (not both) AND with the following entry info: your name (last, first), address, city, state, zip code, age, phone number, e-mail address; title and description/caption of each photograph; also include approx. time, date and location of each photo. Digital images received without the entry information may not be judged.
  • 2. A maximum of ten (10) photos may be entered by each photographer. If more than 10 photos are inadvertently submitted, only the first 10 will be considered in the judging. Also, see rule #15.
  • 3. Please save your digital files and submit them using your last name first and your first name last. For example, RuddJustin1, RuddJustin2, RuddJustin3, etc. or (not both) or slide ONE CD with your 10 images (and the info requested in Rule 1) under the door to Justin Rudd, 5209 E. The Toledo #1, (Belmont Shore) Long Beach, CA 90803. The entry form can be filled-out/signed and faxed to 562/439-2681 or slide it under the door at 5209 E. The Toledo #1 by 8 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 29.
  • 5. All photos must be taken within the city limits of Long Beach. There are a few exceptions that are permissible: photos of Long Beach from sea, air, or from an adjoining city; and photos of kite surfing, sailing, boating etc. in the waters of Long Beach.
  • 6. Required format for each photo: digital only; 2048 x1536 pixels or larger jpeg (at highest quality) and less than 4000 x 3000 pixels; no RAW images.
  • 8. E-mailed entries will be acknowledged with an e-mailed confirmation upon receipt.
  • 9. Entry discs will not be returned.
  • 10. All judging decisions are final.
  • 11. Contest is open to all legal residents of the U.S.
  • 12. The top-10 entries, bonus category prizes, and the grand prize will be selected among all entries received.
  • 13. 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).
  • 14. All photos must be taken within the allotted time period from noon on Aug. 28 to noon on Aug. 29.
  • 15.Those who attend the 10-minute informational/kick-off meeting for the contest (Sat., Aug. 28, 11:40 a.m. at Polly’s Coffee on 2nd St.) will be allowed to submit two additional images for the contest.
  • 16. Typically, the contest receives many more outdoor photos. So, for this contest, judges will be encouraged to include indoor photos in their top-ten winners. There may even be special awards for the best indoor photos.

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