ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, SHOOT! THE SUN MAGAZINE'S ANNUAL snapshot contest begins today and ends at midnight, Aug. 12. Just send your best black-and-white or color photos to the Sun Magazine Photo Contest. Six winners will receive $250; one also will be awarded a grand prize of $1,000. Winning snapshots will be forwarded to the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards (KINSA) to compete for prizes totaling more than $52,500.
In the 1990 KINSA finals, 200 $50 Special Merit Awards will be given. If your picture makes it to the top 50, you are assured of winning at least $250. The Grand Prize, Best of the Show award is $10,000. Six other cash prizes will be awarded in the color and black-and-white categories: The two first-place winners will receive $5,000; second place, $3,000; and third place, $2,000.
In addition, the 1990 Grand Prize winner and the first-place winners, along with a guest, will receive a five-day, four-night, expense-paid trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
1. Only amateur photographers are eligible. Anyone who derives less than 5 percent of his or her income from photography is considered an amateur. Anyone is eligible except employees of the Times Mirror Co. and their families, and employees of Eastman Kodak Co. and their families.
2. No rules or information about the contest will be given over the phone. The winners will be announced in the Oct. 13 issue.
3. Black-and-white or color pictures taken after Jan. 1, 1989, are eligible. Pictures previously entered in this contest are not eligible. The contest ends at midnight Aug. 12, 1991. Entries must be postmarked by that date. All entries should be mailed to the Sun Magazine Photo Contest, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.
4. Snapshots may be taken with any make of camera. Winners of the Sun Magazine's contest will be chosen without regard to brand of film used, but only those pictures on Kodak film will be eligible for entry in the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards. No artwork or retouching is permitted on negatives or prints -- no composite pictures, darkroom manipulation, multiple exposures or multiple printing is allowed. Cropping of pictures is permissible, however. Entries will be judged on snapshot quality and appeal. Technical quality, while important, will not be the deciding factor.
5. A total of eight pictures may be entered by each contestant. Contestant's name, address and home phone number must be written clearly, in ink, on the back of each print or on each transparency mount. Color or black-and-white prints may not be larger than 8 by 12 inches. They should not be mounted. Color entries may be submitted as prints or transparencies.
6. No pictures will be returned. Winners must be able to furnish the original negative or transparency if requested by the contest editor. The Sun Magazine assumes no responsibility for negatives or prints.
7. Contestants may submit pictures to only one newspaper participating in the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards.
8. A winning entrant must sign a statement on request that the picture, or one closely similar to the same subject or situation, has not previously won awards in any major contests, is not now entered in another contest, has not been nor will be entered in another photo contest, and has not been published in any copyrighted publication. The winning entrants must also assign all rights to the picture to Kodak.
9. Important: Be sure you know the names and addresses of any recognizable person in your picture. To enter the picture in the international judging, you must be able to obtain the written consent of such person or persons to permit use of the picture for purpose of illustration, advertising or publication in any manner.
10. Taxes are the sole responsibilities of the winners.