Trains 2014 Photo Contest

Get all the details for our railroad photography contest theme: Sequence
Robert Jordan took this aerial image of Canadian Pacific train No. 270 at Bellevue, Iowa, and won grand prize for Trains 2012 photo contest.
Trains' 2014 photo contest theme is "Sequence." Sequential art can be traced back to cave drawings, and more recently in comic books. Well-known photographer Elliott Erwitt published a 2011 book called “Sequentially Yours.” Upon studying 60 years of his photography in contact sheets, he realized that sometimes several photos of one event (insignificant as it may be) communicated a better viewer experience. “In many cases, there’s a whole story, which is best described in several pictures rather than in one,” Erwitt told the BBC. Please send us two to three photos that show a sequence of events. You may interpret this theme to your heart’s content, but please send us one sequence, comprised of no more than three photos.

Please do not alter your images. However, you may make minor color corrections, burning, dodging, and minor levels adjustments. When your sequence is ready, upload it to no later than May 31, 2014.

After choosing the winners, we will request those photographers submit a short paragraph describing how the image was captured, why this image stands out from the rest, and your camera details.

Winners will be announced in the October 2014 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 only one (1) sequence of up to three (3) 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, 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 53187-1612.
>> 2. Contestants must include their name, address, a daytime phone number, email address (if you have one) 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. Envelopes marked for the photo contest must include only photos and materials related to the contest.
>> 4. All entries must be received at the Trains' offices by May 31, 2014. Suggested mailing date: May 24.
>> 5. Winning photos will be published in Trains' October 2014 issue.
>> 6. Trains reserves the right to retain electronic copies for future publication, use as a contest gallery exhibition on Trains magazine's website and Facebook wall, 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.

See Production Editor Angela Pusztai-Pasternak's blog about this photo contest:
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