Summer Shutters 2.0 Encourages Photo Exploration

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UPDATE: The images have been turned in for the Bixby Knolls Summer Shutters 2.0 contest. The BKBIA will soon allow people to vote online for the “People’s Choice” award. Visit the summer shutters website for the most up-to-date information. And be sure to save the date for the reception and awards presentation when First Fridays returns August 7.

summer-shutters-20The 2009 Summer Shutters 2.0 Digital Photo Contest is setting out on a specific mission. In 20 years people will ask “What did Bixby Knolls look like back in the day?” The second incarnation of  the popular Bixby Knolls photography contest will answer that question right now by documenting the entire area as it stands in 2009. Help create a time capsule for the archives of the Historical Society of Long Beach and a time piece for the neighborhood.

This year, Summer Shutters 2.0 is also encouraging artists to be as creative as possible with digital manipulation of images for the “Best Digital Art” category. Those interested in creating an art piece can take images from Bixby Knolls and create something spectacular using all the tricks available in digital photography.

The photo canvas includes the businesses, the people, the environment, the streets, and the subtleties of this special area of Long Beach all during a 24-hour period.

On June 20, the Summer Shutters participants will hit the streets and capture all the beauty, nuances and charm of Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Virginia Country Club and Los Cerritos neighborhoods.

What does a typical day look like in “the Knolls?” For 1,440 minutes, beginning at noon on the summer solstice, Saturday, June 20, 2009, and ending at noon on Sunday, June 21, 2009, life in Bixby Knolls will be immortalized through digital photography.

Overall winning images per category and best 50 images BKBIA will showcase winning photos as a First Fridays exhibit, Friday, July 3, at the Expo building, 4321 Atlantic Avenue, 8pm – 10pm.

The Summer Shutters photo contest is hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association. Winning photos will be submitted to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to help promote Long Beach’s neighborhoods and given to the Historical Society of Long Beach for its archives. Photos will also be posted on the BIA website, and be featured on the cover of the 2010-2011 Bixby Knolls Shopping & Dining Directory delivered to 12,000 homes.

About Summer Shutters 2.0 in Bixby Knolls

There are prizes for a number of categories including Best Digital Art Piece, Best Bixby Interiors, Best Business Photo, Best Neighborhood Photo, Best “Subtlety”

Bixby in Digital Art

We want to see what you can do with Photoshop and similar software. Go beyond touching up the photo. Be creative with your photos, but still retain the essence of Bixby Knolls. Source images must be included with digital art submission.

Find the Subtleties 

Long Beach has so many different and vibrant neighborhoods that are unique in their own way. We are seeking to definitively capture through digital images Bixby Knolls and surrounding neighborhoods with the subtleties that make the area so special. There is so much to discover in Bixby Knolls and this is your chance to explore your creative, humorous, artsy, or serious side to showcase our community. 

So, picture this:

Amateur and seasoned photographers of all ages, taking photographs around each corner, down every street, and from every angle that really define the personality of Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Virginia Country Club and Los Cerritos during the same 24-hour period. Anyone can enter — just start snapping digital photos at noon on Saturday, June 21, 2009 of whatever and whomever you like within the designated boundaries during the day and/or night. Photos might include, but are not limited to business/commerce, home life, work, sports, nature/landscape, wildlife, indoor life, outdoor living, pets, interiors of homes and businesses, architecture, humor, drama, action, friends, family, or historical places in the area.

How to Enter

Entry is free. Entering the contest is simple. Participants will drop off a CD with their five best snapshots to the BKBIA office at 4313 Atlantic Avenue, or email to, by 5:00pm on Wednesday, June 24 and the entries received will be juried. Winning photos will be selected on criteria such as photographic excellence, visual impact and artistic quality.

Shoot within the box: The area to be captured 

All photographs must be taken WITHIN the following boundaries:

  • North: 45th Street
  • South: 33rd Street
  • *East: Orange Avenue (west side of street)
  • West: L.A. River

Neighborhoods will include: California Heights, Bixby Knolls, Virginia Country Club and Los Cerritos. Scherer Park is also included in the contest.

*photos from California Heights may include the entire historic district (Atlantic to Bixby, Gardenia to Wardlow)

The Results

The result will be a day in the life of Bixby Knolls. A snapshot of life in 2009 captured for the archives. 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 every possible angle in this part of Long Beach…from the mundane to the artsy.

Contest Sponsors

The contest is brought to you by the BKBIA and the generous contribution of Richard and Cheryl Jacobs.

It’s time to get “in the Knolls”, so pick up your camera click those Summer Shutters! Okay…Ready, set, click!

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