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George W. Ponder III of Cullman snapped this photo of geese at Guntersville Lake to win the 2006 grand prize.
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George W. Ponder III of Cullman snapped this photo of geese at Guntersville Lake to win the 2006 grand prize.

Win $500 ó
itís a snap!

Enter The Dailyís 10th annual amateur photo contest

Winning $500 is easy — if you have a camera.

The Dailyís 10th annual amateur photography contest begins Monday.

More than 10,000 photos have been entered since the contest started in 1997.

The contest runs for three weeks and the earlier you enter, the more chances you have to win.

Weekly deadlines

The deadline to enter Week 1 competition is Friday at 5 p.m. The winner will be announced Oct. 14. Week 2 deadline is Oct. 19, with the winner announced Oct. 21. And for Week 3, the deadline is Oct. 26, with the winner announced Oct. 28.

A panel of community judges will review photos each week. Each weekly winner receives $25. Winners will be featured in the Living section.

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Terasa Driggersí photo of sunflowers in a field on Ironman Road near Danville won the 2006 landscape category. She is from Hartselle.
Terasa Driggersí photo of sunflowers in a field on Ironman Road near Danville won the 2006 landscape category. She is from Hartselle.
At the end of the contest, the contest coordinator will take all nonwinning photos and separate them into categories — humor, children, landscape/nature, and animals. Judges will choose the best photo from each category. Category winners receive $25. Category winners will be published in the Living section Nov. 4.

The $500 grand prize winner will be selected from the three weekly winners and five category winners. We will publish the winner Nov. 11.

Here are some tips: Select things that will capture the attention of the judges — innovative angles, unusual and creative subjects, colors and eye-catching expressions.

Run-of-the-mill garden photos, pictures of babies covered in food, children dressed in white and posing on the beach or balloons at Alabama Jubilee are among items judges usually discard.

When photographing people, be sure not to crop off a limb. Watch the background and avoid clutter or things jutting out of someoneís head. With people photos, facial expressions are paramount in snagging the attention of judges. Also, unposed, candid shots always fare better.

And regardless of subject, make sure your photo is in focus.

Avoid sending multiple shots of the same subject with only a slight difference in the photo. Enter only the one you think is best.

Contest rules

Here are the 2007 Decatur Daily Photo Contest rules:

Are you eligible? Amateur photographers (those who earn less than 5 percent of their income from photography) can enter. Daily employees and their immediate family members (those living in the same household) are not eligible to participate.

Pick the perfect photo: Enter as many photos as you wish, but avoid similar shots of an identical subject. Photos must have been taken on or after Jan. 1, 2006. We will accept color and black and white photos.

Submitting photos: Entries cannot be accepted via e-mail. Only prints will be accepted. We will not accept disks or negatives. Nonwinning weekly entries do not have to be re-submitted for subsequent judging.

Identify your photo: Print the name, address and daytime and home phone numbers of the photographer on the back of each photo. If we donít know who you are, you canít win!

Keep the deadlines in mind: Deliver entries to The Decatur Daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday and ending Nov. 1. Photos also can be mailed to Photo Contest, c/o The Decatur Daily, P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609-2213.

Picking up submissions: Photos must remain at The Daily until the conclusion of the contest. Nonwinning photos will be available for pickup Nov. 5-30. We will discard those not picked up by Nov. 30. We cannot return entries via mail. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged photos.

If you win: The winning photographers agree that The Daily can use their photos for promotional purposes. If requested, they must be able to supply the names of all people included in winning photos. They also must be able to supply the disk or negative containing a winning entry, if asked.

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