Shutterbug Photography Contest

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Being outside is one of the best parts of summer, so our next photography contest covers anything under the sun — literally. Whether it’s summertime sports, lake days, hikes or lazy afternoons on the porch swing with an iced tea and a good book, The Tennessee Magazine wants to see photographs of how you spent your “Tennessee Summer.”

Images can include people or not, and they can be selfies. They can be from an actual vacation or trip you have taken within the state or just from your very own yard. Images must have been shot in 2018 within the state of Tennessee.

Just keep in mind a few basics: Use natural light, make strong compositions and focus on interesting subject matter. Simple, straightforward images with defined subjects and strong lighting usually work well.

As you accept this challenge, please stay safe. We don’t want anyone to take a tumble in the name of the Shutterbug contest.

  • Shutterbug assignment

    “Tennessee Summer”

    Submissions — mail prints or enter online

    1. Photographs must be entered as unmounted, 5-by-7-inch or larger prints or submitted using the form below. Please don’t mail your only print of a photo. Because of large numbers of entries, prints will not be returned.
    2. Enter online or send entries to The Tennessee Magazine, “Tennessee Summer” Photo Contest, P.O. Box 100912, Nashville, TN 37224.

    Deadline

    Entries must be entered online by midnight or postmarked by Friday, July 20. Winners will published in the September issue.

    Prize packages:

    Judges will select a first-, second- and third-place winner in each division and age group. These prizes will be awarded: First place wins $150, second place $100 and third place $50.

  • Contest rules

    1. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. For the purposes of this competition, you are considered a professional if you regularly sell your images or garner more than 50 percent of your income from photography.
    2. Photographs must have been taken by you.
    3. A photographer can enter no more than three photographs. There is no cost to enter.
    4. A completed entry form must be submitted with every photograph entered. Omitting any of this information can result in disqualification.
    5. Extensive digital manipulation of photographs is prohibited. Limit the use of photo-editing software. 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, if any other than yourself, 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.
    8. By entering the contest, photographers automatically give The Tennessee Magazine permission to publish the winning images in print and digital publications, to social media and on websites.

    For the purposes of our contest, you are considered a professional if you regularly sell your images or garner more than 50 percent of your income from photography.
    Shutterbugs 18 and older, Junior Shutterbugs 17 and younger
  • Photographer Information

  • Photo Information

  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, tif.
    We only accept .jpg, .gif, .png and .pdf files 10MB or smaller.
    By entering the contest, photographers automatically give The Tennessee Magazine permission to publish the winning images in print and digital publications, social media and on websites. Email addresses and phone numbers collected will be used to contact the winners and inform you of other contests and activities sponsored by The Tennessee Magazine or the electric cooperatives of Tennessee.
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