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Shutterbug Photography Contest


Download an entry form here.

For our next Shutterbug Photography Contest, we want to know how our readers see the Volunteer State. That’s why we’re giving you the broad topic “Rural Tennessee” on which to focus. Photograph the people, places and things that define our state. Entries can include Tennesseans, historic sites, entertaining events — anything that signifies rural Tennessee to you.

So get your camera out and be on the lookout for that perfect “Tennessee” shot. This broad theme will give you plenty of room to be creative. Anything goes that describes the Volunteer State you love. Keep in mind that early morning and late afternoon usually have better-quality light than midday sun.

Judges will be looking for sharp images, good composition, interesting lighting and a relationship to our theme. Be sure to read the Shutterbug assignment, and please follow the guidelines. Winners will be published in the March issue of The Tennessee Magazine.

Shutterbug assignment — Rural Tennessee

Contest rules

  1. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. If you earn your living as a photographer, please do not enter.
  2. Photographs must have been taken in Tennessee.
  3. A photographer can enter no more than three photographs in any category. There is no cost to enter.
  4. A completed entry form (at right) must be attached to the back of every photograph entered. Omitting any of this information may result in disqualification.
  5. Extensive digital manipulation of photographs is prohibited. The use of photo-editing software should be limited. Adjusting exposure, color balance, contrast and sharpness is allowed, but highly manipulating colors and content of images is not.
  6. Employees of Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and their immediate families are not eligible to win.
  7. Please include the name of each recognizable person in your photograph. It is the photographer’s responsibility to have the subject’s permission to enter his or her image in the contest. You must include the subject’s name and contact information with your submission. Omitting any of this information can result in disqualification.


Use any camera, film or digital; any film, black-and-white or color.


  1. All photographs must be entered as unmounted, 5-by-7-inch or larger prints. Images can be color or black-and-white. Please don’t send your only print of a photo. Because of large numbers of entries, prints will not be returned.
  2. Send entries to: The Tennessee Magazine, Rural Tennessee Photo Contest, P.O. Box 100912, Nashville, TN, 37224.


Entries must be postmarked by Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.


  1. Shutterbugs 18 and older
  2. Junior Shutterbugs 17 and younger

Prize Packages

Judges will select a first-, second- and third-place winner in each category. The following prizes will be awarded: First place wins $150, second place $100 and third place $50.

Note: By entering the contest, photographers automatically give The Tennessee Magazine permission to publish the winning images in print and digital publications and on websites. PRINTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.


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  1. charles reed on

    Hello , i was going to enter the shutterbug contest online but there is no place to enter on line, all there is a downloadable form like in the magazine,. In the magazine it says you can enter online. So can i enter on line? if so please send link to order on line. If i have to mail it in then tell me that too please, all my photos are stored on my computer so online submission would be great.thanks

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