MARK TWAIN once wrote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
MY MOTTO IS "EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER."
I WANT TO Explore, Dream and Discover as much as possible in my life here on earth, and I want my Web sites to empower, equip and incite others to do the same.
I WANT TO help folks to find something new and exciting to do and experience. That's why I formed my charitable organization and named it the "Community Action Team"— a name that I feel encompasses all the varied activities and events that I have (and will continue to) organized for the good of our community.
WHAT CAN I DO to help you explore your potential, make a dream come true or discover new frontiers? I hope to hear from you.
Yours truly, Justin Rudd!
THE MAIN PURPOSE of Justin's Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, contributions to CAT are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment.
C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLAorganization that includes 4Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
4July 4 Kids' Bike Parade
4Haute Dog Poetry Contest
4Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
4$1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee
4Nat'l Adult Spelling Bee
4Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest 4Haute Dogs on the Beach events
4Haute Dog Easter Parade
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
4Beds, Bikes, Bears & Blankets giveaway to those in need 4Clothing giveaways to the underserved 4Bulldog Beauty Contest 4Mom Prom 4All-day Read 4Say, "Cheese" Long Beach 24-hr. digital photo contest 42nd Street Walkers 4Long Beach Giving Project 4Camp Justin! 4Long Beach Bake-Off
I AM A FIRM believer in the collective power of individuals joined in a spirit of goodwill and generous giving to bring about the success of a community.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED | CLICK BUTTON If you did not collect your prize last night, you can see Justin at the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Sat., Sept. 21) at 1 Granada Ave. The top-20 each received a $50 bill, thanks to the Long Beach Turkey Trot. The 10 honorable mentions took home baked goods and coupons from Corner Bakery.
Congrats to the 637 photos that made it in the exhibit. There were 159 photograhpers participated in the SAY CHEESE LONG BEACH 2013.
You can upload your photos by noon on Mon., Sept. 16 at www.BradAndBrad.com/saycheese. For upload questions/problems, please email email@example.com. Be prepared to give a title for each photo you upload.
MORE THAN 100 area amateur and professional digital photographers will take part in the last SAY CHEESE LONG BEACH! photo contest sponsored by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT).
For the 2013 contest, entrants will be able to submit approx. 10 or 15 of their best digital images taken within the city limits of Long Beach from noon on Sat., Sept. 14 to noon on Sun., Sept. 15.
A panel of photojournalists and/or community leaders will jury the submitted images and select a top-20. The unveiling of the images and winners will be Thurs., Sept. 19 on 2nd St. in Belmont Shore at/near Chase Bank in Belmont Shore from 5-9 p.m. during the Stroll & Savor event. Awards at 7 p.m.
PURPOSE OF THE CONTEST
The goal of SAY, "CHEESE," LONG BEACH! is to visually record all aspects of our community during the 24-hour period.
What does a typical day look like in Long Beach, Calif.? For 24 hours, life in Long Beach will be immortalized through digital photography. SAY, "CHEESE," LONG BEACH! will culminate with a major photography exhibit, reception, and awards ceremony featuring the entrants' best snapshots.
The project was created in 2008 and is presented by Belmont Shore resident Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.).
In some year's past, a photo book was created with the images after the contest and exhibit.
GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT
The contest's mission is to capture images of Long Beach that celebrate this vast, vivid, vibrant city. This is your chance to explore your creative, humorous or serious side to create a blended expression of our community. The contest aims to capture moments during our lives and the life of our community -- taking us from dawn to dusk. We expect that this Long Beach family album of sorts will inspire, amuse, and on occasion, disturb.
So, picture this: amateur and seasoned photographers of all ages, taking Long Beach photographs that define aspects of their lives during the same period. Anyone can enter -- just start snapping digital photos during the dates/times of whatever and whomever you like during the day and/or night. Photos might include, but are not limited to home life, work, religious events, secular happenings, nature/landscape, indoor life, outdoor decorations, pets, humor, drama, action, friends, family, city life, beach life or a historical place.
Entry is free. There is no pre-registration. Entering the contest is simple. Participants will upload their best snapshots on this Web site, and the entries received will be juried. Winning photos will be selected on criteria such as theme, photographic excellence, visual impact and artistic quality.
The result will be an intricate composite of photos with fresh perspectives on Long Beach. The subjects of the images are at the discretion of the photographer. We want to see an eclectic mix of photographers with a varied range of photos from a wide variety of places in our city...from the mundane to the artsy.
NO TIME/DATE STAMP ON PHOTOS
We do NOT want to see time/date stamps on your photos. But, make sure the clock on your camera is set to the correct time, since all photos must be taken within the allotted time period. Digital photos allow organizers to see the day and time photos were taken.
fill out the info and upload your photos at the same time only between noon and midnight on Sun., Sept. 15, 2013, at www.BradAndBrad.com/saycheese
Those who attend the 20-minute informational/kick-off meeting for the contest (Sat., Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.,sharp, in front of Chase Bank on 2nd St. will be allowed to submit 5 additional images for the contest.
If you don't attend the informational/kick-off meeting, as outlined above, a maximum of ten (10) photos may be entered by each photographer. If more than 10 photos are inadvertently submitted, only the first 10 will be considered in the judging.
There is no printed entry form to fill out. You'll input your info when you upload/submit your photos to the contest.
Contestants must know and share the names and addresses or email of all prominent/identifiable people in their photographs. CLICK HERE for the model release. Please take a photograph of your model release forms and upload/submit when prompted, along with your contest photos.
All photos must be taken within the city limits of Long Beach. There are a few exceptions that are permissible: photos of Long Beach from sea, air, or from an adjoining city; and photos of kite surfing, sailing, boating etc. in the waters of Long Beach.
NEW/UPDATED RULE: Enter/upload your photos in the contest as a JPEG, between 600x900 pixels and 4000 x 3000 pixels. You can shoot in raw, high dynamic range (HDR) or shoot bigger files, but submit as JPEG within size ranges listed here. Remember, all images will be printed in 4x6 and judges will only see the 4x6.
NEW: MINIMAL, basic processing, manipulation and/or enhancement and high dynamic range (HDR) is allowed. NOTE: the contest is about the photo and not one's ability to operate iPhoto, Photoshop or Lightroom or some other photo manipulation software. EXAMPLES: you are allowed to use red-eye removal; you are NOT allowed to add or remove objects from a photo. BOTTOM LINE: make the photo look good in camera. We want to see your photo looking as good as the way you saw it when you took it.
No composites. We do not allow the merging of photographs (compositing). BOTTOM LINE: make the photo look good in camera.
We also welcome camera phone images to the contest.
Entrants do NOT have to live in Long Beach.
Winners will be selected on the basis of originality, style, creativity, photographic excellence, visual impact, artistic quality, degree of difficulty, overall photo quality, and content (capturing a moment).
All photos must be taken within the allotted time period.
Winners under the age of eighteen (18) must have the written consent of their parent or legal guardian to participate. Take a photo of the signed, written consent and submit that along with your contest photos.
Copyright of an entry remains the property of the photographer.
Entrants (or their parent or legal guardian, if applicable) shall agree that Justin Rudd and/or CAT, may, without compensation, use entrant's name and photograph for advertising, the Facebook fan page, event’s Web site, and/or possible calendar or book for CAT. In each publication of the photograph, full credit will be given to the photographer.
By submitting, entrant certifies that the photo(s) he/she is submitting to this photo contest is original with him/her, and that he/she has all necessary rights and authority to submit the photo and grants to Justin Rudd and/or CAT the rights purported to be granted, including third party rights.
This is a family contest. No provocative, violent, or dangerous stunt photos. Organizers retain sole discretion as to what constitutes suitable content.
If it is determined after the winners are announced that any winning photo was not taken during the contest's time period, or was taken outside the Long Beach city limits, or violates another rule listed here, the prize will be revoked and another winner announced.
NEW: Images must be in color. Black and white, sepia tone, and duotone images are not eligible.
No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to images.
No borders or frames may be added to images.
Images may be resized as long as the aspect ratio is maintained.
Images may be cropped and rotated as necessary as long as the rectangular format is maintained and the size is within the specifications above.
Each photo exhibit image will be printed as a 4x6 and you grant us permission to print your photos for possible submission in the exhibit, Facebook and to local print media outlets/pages.
Organizers have the right to amend these rules and guidelines, as necessary, without notice.
PRIZES FOR THE BESET 20 PHOTOS 4Top-20 photos
- Image will appear in the SAY, "CHEESE," LONG BEACH! photo gallery at JustinRudd.com and/or on Facebook. Photographers will get a photo credit.
- $50 cash, per photo
4Q Who is organizing this event?
A The contest is being produced by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.). The goal of CAT is to implement programs, events, education, support and advocacy that will focus on animals, youth and the environment. CAT's mission is to embrace humanity with care and compassion, while encouraging those around us to explore, dream and discover the tenets of civility, kindness and understanding of all people and creatures.
4Q Who can submit photographs?
A We welcome photographs from everyone. You do NOT have to live in Long Beach, nor do you have to be a professional or experienced photographer to submit a photograph. Indeed, we hope that everyone in our community will be represented in this important event.
4Q Who or what should be in the photograph?
A Everyone and everything --- including individuals, families and friends at work and play, schools, organizations, businesses, games, pets, homes, daily activities, weather, nature & whatever is happening in Long Beach --- are potential subjects for photographs. Put together, the photos submitted for the contest will create a snapshot of our community for today and the future.
Q Which photographs will be put in the exhibition?
A All the submitted photographs will be considered for the exhibition, except those of an inappropriate nature. We expect approx. 500 images will be printed and included in the exhibit.
4Q How do I submit a photograph?
A See Rule 1 and 2 above.
2011 Top-10 Images
NEW PHOTOS FROM OCT. 22 EXHIBITION
- "Silk" by Vineece Rosario
- "Form and Function" by Marcie Kraft
- "Bound to the Floor" by Milisia Westcott
- "Diving for It" by Jennifer Chong
- "Hungry" by Jennifer Chong
- "Life Imitates Art" by Marcie Kraft
- "Parkers' Lighthouse Plus a Lady" by Hartono Tai
- "Titan Women" by Richard Chung
- "Go Surf a Kite" by DeeDee West
- "Seagull" by Laura Winberg