$1,000 "SAY CHEESE LONG BEACH!" DIGITAL PHOTO CONTEST
10th annual. The photos in the contest should only be taken from Sept. 1-10. Contestants of all ages will be taking digital photos within the city limits and then submitting their top shots for the public exhibit. At least $1,000 will be awarded for the best images. Exhibition and awards will be in Sat., Sept. 29, 5-7 p.m. at Bay Shore Church in Belmont Shore. Awards at 6:50 p.m. Hosted by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team.
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.
2020 Top-20 Winners $50 for each winning photo, contact Justin@JustinRudd.com to claim your prize money for this 13th annual contest.
• Wendy Emery
• Bill Geal
• Sandra Greenman
• Victor Ladd
• Jennifer Michelle, 3 images
• Cal Mingione
• Susan Perez, 2 images
• William Shields
• Zoe Stavrou, 2 images
• Summer Wells, 2 images
• Brian White
• Woody Woods, 2 images
• Mike Zampelli
• Paul Zeko
• $1,000 "SAY CHEESE LONG BEACH!" DIGITAL PHOTO CONTEST 13th annual. The photos in the contest should only be taken from Sept. 1-7, 2020. Contestants of all ages will be taking photos (cell phone photos and drone photos welcome, too!) within the city limits and then submitting their top shots for the public exhibit. At least $1,000 will be awarded for the best images. Exhibition will be online in late Sept. when winners will be announced on this page. Hosted by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). justinrudd.com/saycheese
Many of the finalists' photos from the Sept. 28 exhibit.
2019 Top-20 Winners
• Susan Perez, Locks of Love
• Victor Ladd, Just Humming Along
• Fabienne Lawrence, Dog Portrait at Rosie's Dog Beach
• Jim Woody Woods, Waiting for Breakfast #1
• Mike Zampelli, Queen Mary Snake
• Anne Schmitt, Momma's Boy, Kona
• Summer Wells, Preying Mantis on a Stick
• Yuri Williams, Long Beach Hugs
• Tom Dumont, Jogger on the Beach
• Victor Ladd, El Dorado Nature Center
• Dana Buchanan, Heron. Kayak, Tuesday
• Emily Heuer, Stage Right
• Vaishnav Priyanshi, Long Beach Harbor Lighthouse
• Bill Geal, Shipwreck 2
• Walter Gajewski, Berry Treasures at Farmers Market
• Kristina Angell, Are We There Yet?
• Anthony Santos, Tantalum
• Victor Ladd, Just Humming Along
• Summer Wells, Squawking Hawk
• Shannon Tripp, Guarding the Sun
• Susan Perez, Pyramid Flyover
Some photos from the awards ceremony are included HERE.
2018 WINNERS! CONGRATS Victor Ladd, Debbie Hildreth Pisarcik, Rachel Heimerman, Karen Burton, Paul Zeko, Heather Lemmon, Celeste Mookherjee, Charissa Zeko, Francisco Canet, Emma Buck, Susan Perez, Randy Wong, Bill Shields, DeeDee West, Jeffrey Yount, Summer Wells, James Pollard, Rachel Warecki
Photographers wanted for 13th-annual “SAY CHEESE LONG BEACH!” digital photo contest
MORE: $1,000 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, 2020.
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. Organizers want to show what a typical day looks like in Long Beach, Calif.
SAY, "CHEESE," LONG BEACH!will culminate with a major photography exhibit, reception, and awards ceremony featuring the entrants' best snapshots. The date, time and location will be announced. The photographers of the top-20 images will each receive $50, thanks to the Long Beach Turkey Trot. There may also be some honorable mentions.
Last year 500 photos were showcased in the outdoor exhibit, and represented work by 150 photographers.
Some of the rules:
• Photographers CAN take home more than one prize, and a total of $1,000 will be awarded.
• Photographers do NOT have to live in Long Beach.
• Images from drones and phones are welcome.
• Copyright of an entry remains the property of the photographer.
• 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 off/of Long Beach.
• Photos must be uploaded by Sept. 9.
• Photos can only be uploaded as a JPEG file, 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) are allowed. NOTE: the contest is about the photo and not one's ability to operate iPhoto, Photoshop, Lightroom or some other photo manipulation software.
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.
What does a typical day look like in Long Beach, Calif.? 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, 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, 2020. Make sure your camera’s built-in clock is accurate.
Drone photos 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. Remember, all images will be printed in 4x6 and judges will only see the 4x6.
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 BESET 20 PHOTOS 4Top-20 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.
• $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.
2015 Cash Winners
- "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