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Tri-Valley Photo Contest Rules & Entry Guidelines


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  1. The contest is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Livermore or Blackhawk. Embarcadero employees, contributors, sponsors and employees and immediate family are not eligible.
  2. Photographs must be submitted in digital format; no print submissions will be accepted. Scans of non-digital photographs will be accepted.
  3. Each photo file must be a minimum of 1 MB but not exceed 3MB in size and must be in JPEG format.
  4. An entry form must be submitted for each entry.
  5. There is an $8 entry fee per submission. The Youth (16 years or younger) entry fee is $3 per entry. Credit card information can be submitted on the entry form. If paying by check, make it payable to Embarcadero Media and include the photographer's name in the subject line. Checks must be received at the Pleasanton Weekly office, 5506 Sunol Blvd., Ste. 100, Pleasanton 94566, by 5 p.m. on September 27, 2013, for the submission(s) to be eligible for judging.
  6. Photos must have been taken within the last 5 years.
  7. Entry submission implies agreement of this statement: “This photograph is my original work and was taken in the past 5 years. I understand that Embarcadero Media Group Inc. reserves first publishing and online rights to winning entries and those chosen for exhibition. Judges will use their discretion as to whether an image needs to be re-categorized. Judges' decisions are final.”
  8. All winners will be notified by October 18, 2013, and invited to a winners’ reception. Images published online at PleasantonWeekly.com, DanvilleExpress.com, SanRamonExpress.com or TriValleyViews.com, or in print in the Pleasanton Weekly may be subjected to photo cropping due to space limitations.

How to submit your photos

Digital Photo files ONLY
Digital Photo files ONLY: Name the photo file with the applicant's name, title of the photo, and photo category. (Example: JoeSmith_Mrs. Smith_People.jpg)

Submit photo and entry form with credit card information as an EMAIL ATTACHMENT to: gallen@embarcaderopublishing.com --Submit one email with one entry form per photo submission --Subject line should include photographer's name, title of the photo, and category.

Submit photo on a CD and entry form, MAILED OR DELIVERED with submission form and entry fee to : Pleasanton Weekly, 5506 Sunol Blvd., Suite 100 Pleasanton, CA 94566 --One entry form per photo submission --Label CD with applicant's name, photo title(s), and category

Divisions

  • Adult
  • Youth (16 years and under as of September 30, 2013)

Categories

      • People
      • Pets & Animals
      • Tri-Valley Images

*Please note that at the time of judging, the judges may re-categorize a photo should they feel that the image is better described in another category.

Prizes

  Youth
  • First place (per category)
    • $25 cash award
    • $25 Gift certificate from Richard's Arts & Crafts
    • Framed photo provided by The Frame Company, Dublin
    • Printed award certificate
  • Second place (per category)
    • $10 Gift certificate from Richard's Arts & Crafts
    • Framed photo provided by The Frame Company, Dublin
    • Printed award certificate
  Adult
  • First place (per category)
    • $50 cash award
    • $50 Gift certificate from Richard's Arts & Crafts
    • Framed photo provided by The Frame Company, Dublin
    • Printed award certificate
  • Second place (per category)
    • $25 Gift certificate from Richard's Arts & Crafts
    • Framed photo provided by The Frame Company, Dublin
    • Printed award certificate

Best of Show

  • $75 cash award
  • Gift certificate from Richard's Arts & Crafts
  • Framed photo provided by The Frame Company, Dublin
  • Printed Award Certificate

 

Judges

Sue Evans
Photography by Sue Evans
Sue Evans has been a resident of Pleasanton since 1981. Her interest in photography began while
developing her black and white images in the basement with her dad as a young girl. In 2002 Sue
started her business, and her images now enhance commercial locations, web sites, a variety of gift
items and several publications. She uses the great outdoors as her backdrop for her portrait work and a partial client list includes the City of Pleasanton, City of Livermore, Hacienda Owner’s Association, Studio 7 and Montana Magazine. Sue also creates a Tri-Valley landscape calendar each year with a portion of proceeds benefiting Open Heart Kitchen in Livermore. Sue's portfolio includes not only local scenes but also images from around the world.  Her mission is to share nature’s beauty in the hope it will motivate others to enjoy and preserve our natural world for generations to come.

Christina Gray
Bella Luna Studios
Christina Grey lives in Pleasanton with her husband Lonnie and 2 children, Ethan and Lauren, who attend Mohr Elementary School. At Mohr, Christina is the school historian and has fun photographing the school's events for posterity. She left the corporate world 8 years ago to start her own photography business, and Bella Luna Studios went into full swing. She has been nominated by Pleasanton Weekly's readership as Reader's Choice for the past 6 years for photography. Christina's primary photography areas are family, newborn, head shots, and political campaign photography. In 2012 she launched a line of flower greeting cards at The Berry Patch and has been adding to the collection ever since.

Gina Reuschel-Coomber
Fireboxgirl Photography
Gina is a life-loving mother, wife, photographer and creature of the universe. She's had a camera of one type or another in her hands since age two. While not formally trained, her unique perspective has captured the interest of one or two folks. Gina was a featured photographer in the Women’s Contemporary National Exhibition Focus 2010 and won recognition in The Commission for the Arts Amgen Photo Contest in Livermore. Her subjects are always captured by her unique perspective, one frame at a time.

 

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