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The Baltimore Sun Facebook cover photo contest

As much as The Baltimore Sun's Facebook page is "our page," it's also, in a way, your page.

It's a community for the people of the Baltimore region, where you can not only get your news, view photos and watch videos, but comment, like and share.

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Our cover photos historically have always come from our staff, but we wanted to give some local photographers and enthusiasts a chance to shine with a new contest.

Here's how it works: We will collect photo submissions for a new Facebook cover photo over one week. After that week, The Sun's staff will select what we think are the top five submissions. We'll run a poll for one more week allowing you, the readers, to vote on your favorite. The winner of that poll will have the photo featured as our cover for one month.

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It can be a cityscape, a local landmark, a festival or anything that is abundantly Baltimore.

Here's the criteria:

1. Photos must be taken in Baltimore City.
2. Photos must be horizontal and fit within the Facebook cover crop area of 851px by 315 px. Vertical photo submissions will be automatically discarded.
3. We're looking for a summer theme, so no wintry submissions, please.
4. No Instagram filtered photos of heavily edited photos will be accepted. (And smartphone images will be accepted, but DSLR shots are preferred.)
5. Photos could have been taken prior to this contest, but must have been taken in 2015.

Please send the original image file directly from your camera so that we can verify its origin. Submissions can be sent to community coordinator Jon Sham at jsham@baltsun.com with the subject line "Facebook cover photo contest." Please include your full name, where the photo was taken and the date.

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The submission process will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.

**We will give all serious submissions serious attention, but we reserve the right to discard one for any reason.**

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