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The 2004 
Photo Contest!
Posted San José, Costa Rica, Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 182
Jo Stuart
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Scenic category winner
People category winner

Can you take photos like these?
Here are the 
2003 winners!
Wildlife winner

 Sports co-winner
Sports co-winner
Our entries and winners from the 2003 contest:

Check out our Sports photos HERE!
Scenic photos HERE! 
Wildlife photos HERE!
and People pixs HERE!

Check them out!

An invitation to enter our photo contest
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A.M. Costa Rica, by popular demand,  announces its second annual photography contest. The newspaper welcomes your submissions and will award a prize of at least $100 in each of five categories. 

The deadline for submission is April 15, 2004. So readers have months to get the right shot.

Submissions are sought in five categories.

1. DEADLINE NEWS: A news photo or series of photos that shows a breaking news event, such as, but not only, crime, accidents, fires, arrests. 

2. SCENIC: Landscape scenes which may or may not include people as a secondary emphasis. 

3. WILDLIFE: Photos that have as their principal subject one or more animals, plants or insects. 

4. SPORTS: A photo related to one of the major or minor sports, team or individual. 

5. PEOPLE:  A photo that has as its principal emphasis one or more persons, including individual portraits. 

Deadline is April 15, 2004. No photos will be accepted after that date.

BASIC RULES: The photo must be taken by the person who submits it, and he or she agrees that the photo becomes the property of A.M. Costa Rica and may be published in the newspaper or elsewhere. As a condition of submission, the contestant affirms that he or she owns full rights to the photo and that the photo has never before been published in any professional medium. 

The photo must have been taken within the borders or territorial waters of Costa Rica between April 16, 2003, and April 15, 2004, the contest deadline.  Only one entry per photographer is allowed in each category. Judges reserve the right to place the photo in another category during the selection process.  Employees, shareholders or interns with A.M. Costa Rica or associated corporations may not enter  the contest. 

In the case of photos taken on the high seas, qualification will be sufficient if the boat involved departed and returned to a Costa Rican port.

This is an open competition. No distinction will be made between  professional and amateur  photographers. 

A.M. Costa Rica, at its option, will  publish photos and information including the name of the photographer, as submissions are  made. 

The management of A.M. Costa Rica  and judges are the final authority on contest rules and submissions. Certain rules may be adjusted to accommodate unforeseen circumstances. However, the deadline for submission is absolute.

A.M. Costa Rica becomes the sole owner of submitted photos and may publish them in the newspaper or elsewhere without compensation to those who submit the photos. Traditionally, the newspaper publishes after the  contest deadline all the photos that have been submitted along with the winning shots.

TECHNICALITIES: The photos must be sent digitally via an e-mail attachment to editor@amcostarica.com, and the subject line 

must specify "photo contest." Within the body of the e-mail, the contestant must specify into which category the photo is submitted. The photo should be at least 450 pixels (6.25 inches) in 
width and contain no less than 72 pixels per inch of density. Each photo should not be larger than 200k. 

The e-mail message must clearly state in English the full name and current location of the photographer, the circumstances surrounding the taking of the photo and the date and place the photo was taken.  We need to know the exact date, the location and, if possible, the type of camera and the photographic settings. 

The photographer should provide a cutline stating what the photo shows and such other information as the photographer deems necessary to fully understand the photo. The written material should name individuals who appear and are identifiable in any photo. By making the submission, the photographer is vouching for the truthfulness of the written material.

The photo should be in jpeg format and sent as an attachment with the file name as the number of the category in which it is being submitted followed by the name of the photographer. 

For example, the file name of a photo in the sports category taken by Mr. Jones would be 4jones.jpeg or 4jones.jpg 

An deviation from the rules is grounds for disqualification of the photo. In the first annual contest, many photographers failed to put the category number and name on the photo file. This led to a lot of confusion. 

PRIZES:  A first place winner will be named in each category, and the prize will be $100 paid via Pay Pal, the electronic fund-transfer system. Honorable mentions may be selected but these do not qualify for a money prize.


1. Is the photo yours to display and send?

2. Was the photo taken within the borders and territorial waters of Costa Rica between April 16, 2003, and April 15, 2004?

3. Is the photo sent as an attachment in jpeg format at least 450 pixels (6.25 inches) wide and density of 72 pixels to the inch?

4. Does the photo filename contain the number of the category in which it is entered and the name of the photographer?

5. Does the cover e-mail include all the information requested: 

Full name and hometown of photographer;
date, time and location where photo was shot;
Circumstances of shooting the photo;
basic photography information,
and other explanatory information?

6. Are you prepared to have your name listed with the photo in A.M. Costa Rica?

JUDGING: Each category will be judged by at least three professionals under the supervision of one of the owners of A.M. Costa Rica. The biographies of the judges will be made public.

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