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Trains 2012 Photo Contest: The Blue Hour

Published: August 29, 2012
2011 Grand Prize winner Travis Dewitz photo
Review the photos you've taken between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, and choose five, or fewer, that are your favorite pictures taken during “the blue hour,” the period after sunset and before sunrise.

Judges will be looking for high-quality, creative images, as well as an ability to use the low light in an interesting way. Photos will need to be taken in the hour before sunrise or the hour after sunset to qualify. And, despite the name, every photo need not be blue; it’s the time the image was captured that matters, not the actual color. After choosing the winners, Trains staff members will request those photographers submit a short paragraph describing how the image was captured and why this image stands out from the rest.

Winners will be announced in the July 2013 issue.

Grand Prize
Winner will receive: $750

First Prize
Winner will receive: $500

Second Prize
Winner will receive: $250

Five Runners Up
Winners will receive: a three-year subscription to Trains magazine

>> 1. Enter up to five (5) digital images, original color slides (35mm or larger, preferably in clear plastic pages), or color or black-and-white prints (8x10 or larger). Digital images should be submitted via www.contribute.kalmbach.com, choose "Trains" as the publication, and label the submission "PHOTO CONTEST." Slides and prints should be sent to Trains magazine Photo Contest, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187.
>> 2. Contestants must include their name, address, a daytime phone number, and basic caption information in the digital image's metadata, on slide mounts, or on the back of each print. Do not put any identifying information on the front of prints; doing so will disqualify the entry.
>> 3. Photos must be taken between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, and in the hour before sunrise or hour after sunset to be eligible. Please include the date and time in your entry.
>> 4. Envelopes marked for the photo contest must include only photos and materials related to the contest.
>> 5. All entries must be received at the Trains offices by Jan. 31, 2013. Suggested mailing date: Jan. 25.
>> 6. Winning photos will be published in Trains' July 2013 issue.
>> 7. Trains reserves the right to retain electronic copies for future publication, use as a contest gallery exhibition on Trains magazine's website, or for public exhibition. In all cases, the photographer retains the copyright to the image.
>> 8. Contestants must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if they want their photos returned.
>> 9. Trains staff members will judge photos on a "blind" basis, meaning they will not know the identities of the entrants.
>> 10. Multiple prizes will not be awarded to any individual.
>> 11. Employees of Kalmbach Publishing Co. or their families are not eligible to enter.
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