Give us your best shot: 2013 N&O Travel Photo Contest

November 2, 2013 

On the eve of the N.C. State Fair, we challenged our staff photographers to show us what visual stories they could tell if they traded their tricked-out professional cameras for their smartphone lenses.

The images they captured on their phones range from the dark, daguerreotype style that Ethan Hyman used to provide a timeless glimpse of a 1924 slab burner to the wide, colorful panoramas that Chris Seward composed from the midway. Their collection reflects both offbeat and traditional scenes captured through a variety of apps that lend a special spontaneity and freedom to their images.

We hope their photos will inspire you to try your hand in the newest category in the 2013 N&O Travel Photo Contest, one that’s exclusively for photos snapped with smartphone cameras. The challenge starts now!

Staff photographer Juli Leonard

The N&O’s annual travel photo contest is here. Until Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m., we’ll accept entries in three categories: Scenery, Smartphone and North Carolina. Winning entries will be published in the Jan. 5 Arts & Living section!

How it works

Enter your image in the appropriate category. One entry per person. Once the voting begins, send a link to your photo to all your friends via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc., and have them vote. The image with the most votes overall will be the “Readers’ Choice” for the contest. The News & Observer’s panel of judges will choose the top photo in each category and a Best Overall.


Voting will start on Dec. 15 and go through Dec. 27 at 5 p.m.


The top photo in each category (as chosen by the judges) will win a coffee-table book. The Best Overall will win a $50 Visa gift card. The Readers’ Choice will win a $25 Visa gift card.


Photographers: The contest is open to amateur photographers from The News & Observer’s readership area. Winners of the 2012 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, 2012, and Dec. 13, 2013.

Images: Photos can be color or black and white. Photos must accurately represent the subject; no digital manipulation is allowed, though filters in the Smartphone category are acceptable. Images must be submitted electronically through Images 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: Photos can be taken anywhere in the world.

Smartphone: Photo must be taken with a smartphone camera and can be shot anywhere in the world.

North Carolina: Photos can be taken anywhere in the state.

Readers’ Choice: After the submission period ends, you’ll be able to vote on your favorites.

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