Winning Digital Photo Contests

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What does coastal living mean to you?

Answer that question with a beautiful photo (and a brief caption) and you could be on your way to Hawaii! Nautica (the clothing designers), Travel & Leisure and Food and Wine magazines are sponsoring the Nautica Coastal Life Contest and they're looking for photos that define what the "coastal experience" means to you. First prize is a 7 day, 6 night trip to Hawaii and a $1,500 Nautica shopping spree!

From their site:

"Nautica embodies the passion and spirit of coastal living.  We believe that the water's edge is the best place to be - to relax, reconnect, and renew - by yourself, or with friends or family.

Is your idea of the perfect day watching waves tumble to shore, peddling your bike along the harbor at sunset, reeling in the biggest catch, or ordering a fresh buttery lobster roll?
Then you love the authentic coastal experience, and we want to hear about it."

You can read the official rules (there are a lot of them, so read carefully) on their site.

Contest tip: Whenever you enter a contest with a specific theme, try running your potential entry photos past someone in your family or a few friends and ask them what theme they bring to mind. If you show a photo of someone fishing on a pier and your friends say, "Living near the ocean!" then you're absolutely on the right track. Keep things as focused on the theme as you can and you're on the right path. Also, try word associations for the theme. In this case, "coastal life" may create a list that includes: beaches, bonfires, clambakes, sunrise, sailing, sailboats, etc. Use that list to go through your files and find images the match the words.

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