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 digital photo contest 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.
Photographers wanted for “SAY CHEESE LONG BEACH!” photo contest
MORE: $500 in prize money this year. Each entrant can submit up to 10 images, and all photos must be taken within the city limits of Long Beach from Sept. 1-7, 2023.
WINNERS will be announced here about a week after the contest ends. Winners will be contacted by email.
Contestants will register at the time they upload their images.
Anyone can enter -- just start snapping digital photos (including cell phone shots) during the allotted 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. Winning photos will be selected on criteria such as theme, photographic excellence, capturing a moment, visual impact, and artistic quality.
The contest started in 2008 and is sponsored by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT). The goal of SAY, "CHEESE," LONG BEACH! is to visually record all aspects of our community during a specific time period.
The photographers of the top images will each receive $25, thanks to the Long Beach Turkey Trot.
PURPOSE OF THE CONTEST
The goal of SAY, "CHEESE," LONG BEACH! is to visually record all aspects of our community during a specific time period.
Life in Long Beach will be immortalized through digital photography.
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, 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.
It's time for some local exposure, so pick up your camera and SAY, "CHEESE," LONG BEACH! Okay...Ready, set, click!
Photos must be taken from Sept. 1-7, 2023. Make sure your camera’s internal clock is accurate.
Drone photos and cell phone images are permissible.
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 have permission to photograph any 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Organizers have the right to amend these rules and guidelines, as necessary, without notice.
PRIZES FOR THE BEST PHOTOS 4Top photos within Long Beach city limits
• Image will appear in the SAY, "CHEESE," LONG BEACH! photo gallery at JustinRudd.com and/or on Facebook. Photographers will get a photo credit.
• At least $25 (up to $50), per winning 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.
2021 Top-20 Winners $25 per photo
• Sandra Greenman
• Deborah Lew
• Brett Moore, 8 images
• Susan Perez, 4 images
• William Shields
• Shana Starr
• Zoe Stavrou
• Michael Zampelli, 2 images
• Paul Zeko