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How does the contest work? It's easy! Simply click the "Submit Your Photo" tab above and enter the photo(s) that you think capture the beauty of North Carolina's lighthouses. Photos in this year's contest must be submitted into one of four categories. Entrants decide which category best fits the photo among these four:
  • Close-ups (detail shots of lighthouses and their architectural elements)
  • Landscapes & Scenics (wide, broad shots capturing large areas)
  • Black & Whites (either close-ups or landscapes captured in black and white)
  • Retro (shots taken before 1975; these will not be judged, but will be included in a gallery of all retro photos)
Entries will be accepted between June 20, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. and July 18, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. After that time, a panel of judges will select a set of up to 30 finalists, including a contest grand prize winner and a first place photo from each of the first thre categories. The 30 finalists' photos will be eligible for Reader's Choice voting. Reader's Choice voting will occur between July 20 at noon and July 27 at 11:59 p.m. A single photo will not win more than one accolade during the contest.


Total prizes for this contest are valued at more than $450 and prize package details are outlined in the Official Contest Rules.

Please Note
Please read the complete listing of Official Contest Rules, but here are few things to keep in mind:
  • Contest is open to amateur (photographers who do not make more than half their income from their photography) photographers, age 16 and over.
  • Submitted entries must have been taken of North Carolina lighthouses between June 1, 2010 and July 18, 2012.
  • Photographs must be the property of the person submitting. Do not infringe on any copyright laws.
  • During the contest entry period (through July 18, 2012 you may enter up to five photographs in the contest. To be eligible for judging, each entry requires a separate submission.
  • Each photo will be submitted into a category. Entrants will determine which category their image best fits into. Judges will select an overall contest grand prize winner and a first place winner from each category. From across all categories, judges will select finalists to appear in the Readers' Choice Gallery for voting.
  • Voting for the Reader's Choice photo will occur July 20 through July 27, 2012 (one vote per day, per registered user) and all winners will be announced by July 30, 2012.
  • The grand prize winning photo will appear as the Tar Heel Image in an issue of Our State within the following 12 month period. The photo must be taken at 300 dpi to appear in the magazine.
All times are in Eastern Time.            Completed            Current           Future   
Submission Period Voting Period
Wed, Jun 20 2012 12:00 AM -
Wed, Jul 18 2012 11:59 PM
Fri, Jul 20 2012 12:00 PM -
Fri, Jul 27 2012 11:59 PM

Lighthouse Photo Contest

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