Photographers: The contest is open to amateur photographers from The News & Observers readership area. Winners of the 2011 contest may not enter. Only one entry per person is allowed (not one per category).
Contest year: Photos must have been taken between Dec. 31, 2011, and Dec. 16, 2012.
Images: Photos can be color or black and white. Photos must accurately represent the subject; no digital manipulation is allowed. Images must be submitted electronically at triangle.com/contests. They should be 200 DPI files that are 10 inches wide or 10 inches deep. (Entries will not be accepted via mail or email.)
Details: Your registration information (name, address and phone number) will not be posted on the website. Only your user name will appear. In the description, tell us the location and date of the photo and how you happened to take it. You have up to 50 words.
Scenery and People: Photos in these categories can be taken anywhere in the world.
North Carolina: Photos in this category can be taken anywhere in the state.
Readers choice: After the submission period ends, youll be able to vote on your favorites at triangle.com/contests.
Voting: Voting will start Dec. 17 and continue through 5 p.m. Dec. 28.
Winners: The News & Observers panel of judges will choose the top photo in each category. The top photo in each category will win a coffee-table book. The photo judged Best Overall will win a $50 VISA gift card. The Readers Choice will win a $25 VISA gift card.