Saturday, November 7, 2009

Photo Contest - Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County

Do you have great shots of your favorite spots in Santa Barbara County?

Enter your best digital image(s) in the Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County photo contest by 9 p.m. PST Monday, November 30, 2009 for publication consideration. This paperback guide to all things family friendly in Santa Barbara County is due out in spring 2010 and YOUR work could be featured!

$25 for each photo used on inside pages - these photos will be reproduced in black and white and may be either vertical or horizontal, though vertical images are in higher demand.

$100 for photo selected for the front cover - this photo must be vertical and color.

Digital images should emphasize place, not people, though the human element is certainly encouraged. You must have written permission from any persons in the photo. Written permission must include the subject's name and signature (guardian's name and signature for subjects younger than 18) and a working telephone number for verification purposes. Photos submitted without the written permission will be disqualified from the competition.

All photos must be tack sharp. No out-of-focus images will be considered, though images that make good use of depth of field for texture are encouraged. For cover consideration, images must be color and must retain their sharpness at 6" wide by 9" tall @ 1200 ppi. For inside consideration, images may be color or black and white (though will be reproduced without color) and must be sharp at 5" wide and no more than 7.5" tall @ 300 ppi.

All images must be of publicly accessible places in Santa Barbara County, from the Santa Maria River south to the Ventura County line. Inclusion of a diverse population is strongly encouraged.

Images that will be given preference will feature:
- Goleta
- Buellton
- Montecito
- Los Olivos
- Summerland
- Santa Maria/Orcutt
- Santa Ynez/Solvang
- Dog Parks
- Equestrian shots
- Shots that include subjects with disabilities
- Vertical shots

We're looking for images that represent Santa Barbara County, that clearly identify places. See images in Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County for direction. It's a pretty wide window. Detailed shots like, for instance, a snazzy insect on a beautiful flower, while wonderful, won't work for our purposes as the flower could have been anywhere. The same image with a clearly recognizable landmark in the background, albeit out of focus for depth of field, may work. An image that looks like a portrait also won't work, but incidental humans in the image are more appealing to me than images without the human element.

Winning photographs become the property of Pen & Pad Publishing for use in Best Family Adventures guide series books, Web site and related materials. All other rights are retained by the photographer.

Send submissions to JBest (AT) before 9 p.m. PST, Monday, November 30.

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