The Sun Magazine's photo contest is one of the most popular features we have -- people start calling us months before we announce it each year to find out when we're going to run the rules. Its appeal, I think, is that it's unabashedly a contest for amateurs. In fact, maybe we should do what Kodak does with its international competition: Call it a snapshot contest. Having said that, I should add that I'm always surprised at the high quality of the entries -- many of them are much more artistic than the word "snapshot" implies.
That was true, as always, this year; but the judges did note one difference. Many of this year's entries seemed more traditional in feeling than in the past. Whatever larger meaning that has I don't know, but you'll find that the winners -- with a couple of exceptions -- reflect the trend. For instance, to have two somewhat similar pictures of cute kids among six winners is unusual for us, but both have merit beyond their subject matter. As an example, once you've enjoyed the lively little Amish boys in the grand prize winner, note the photograph's strong vertical and horizontal patterns.
One of our six winners wasn't taken on Kodak film; the others we sent on to the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards Contest. If they win prizes -- and we've had winners and honorable mentions in the past -- you'll read about it here first.