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Annual photo contest accepting entries through Nov. 27

November 12, 2011

The Carroll Eagle and Eldersburg.Net are teaming up for the seventh annual Eldersburg Photo Contest, open to residents in the 21784 ZIP code and the Carroll County portion of Marriottsville. We're looking for photos that depict life in our community — and you could win one of several prizes.

• First Prize - $100.

• Second Prize - $50.

• Third Prize - $25.

Additional prizes will be awarded for winners in categories of Landscapes, Still Life & Architecture, People, and Ages 13 and under. All photos submitted, regardless of categories, will be judged for Overall Best.

Ready, Aim, Shoot

Starting Nov. 13, send us color or black-and-white photos. Entries must be in digital format, and sent via e-mail to, by Nov. 27, 2011. Photos must have been taken within the past 12 months and taken in the greater Eldersburg area. There's a limit of four photo entries per person. No more than four photos per individual will be accepted.

Also, photos submitted without contact information will not be entered in the contest. Please be sure to include the following information with your entry: Your name, address, contact phone number, a brief description of the picture and category you wish the photo to be entered in. Categories are:

• Landscape: Landscapes, nature, wildlife, sunsets, lakes, forests, outdoors, etc.

• Still Life & Architecture: Buildings, landmarks, non-living items and objects, man-made structures.

• People: Any photo that features a person or a group of people as a main focus.

• Ages 13 and younger: Our "Young Photographer" category; photos taken by a resident age 13 or younger.

All entries will be posted on Eldersburg.Net for family members, friends and neighbors to view and vote. Voting will begin Nov. 30, 2011, and will end Dec. 7, 2011. Final determination of winners will be a blended rating of the online voters and a judging panel, consisting of a photographer of The Eagle, Eldersburg.Net staff and other professionals.

A reception will be held to reveal the winners of the contest (date and location to be announced). The event will be open to the public. Winners will also be announced in the Eagle, and on a posting at Eldersburg.Net.

Some rules ...

All entries must be received in digital format in either .jpg, .tif, or .bmp file format. File size limit is 2 MB. Photos may not have excessive computer photo editing. Photo editing is limited to basic color and size correction.

Photo entries must be taken within the 21784 ZIP code, or in the Carroll County portion of Marriottsville. Photo entries will be judged on aesthetic merit and how they represent the Eldersburg-Sykesville area. Entries may only be submitted by persons living and/or working in the 21784 ZIP.

The decisions of the judges and sponsors of the contest will be final. All entries become the property of Eldersburg.Net, their parent company Advantage Internet Marketing, The Carroll Eagle and Baltimore Sun Media Group. Employees of Eldersburg.Net, Advantage Internet Marketing, The Carroll Eagle and BSMG are not eligible to enter.

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