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The deadline is here.

The Carroll Eagle and Eldersburg.Net are teaming up for the fifth annual Eldersburg-area photo contest, and today, Aug. 2, is the deadline for entries.

But through the miracle of e-mail, it's not too late to enter and share your photographic works of art.

The contest is open to residents in the 21784 ZIP code and the Carroll County portion of Marriottsville, and is designed to highlight life in that part of Carroll County. Residents are invited to send in color or black-and-white photos -- entries must be in digital format, and sent via e-mail to photocontest@eldersburg.net.

Photos must have been taken within the past 12 months, and taken in the Eldersburg area. Categories are:

Landscape -- nature, wildlife, sunsets, lakes, forests, outdoors, etc.

Still Life and Architecture -- buildings, landmarks, non-living items and objects, man-made structures.

People -- photos that feature a person or a group of people as a main focus.

Ages 13 and under -- a "young photographer" category; any photo taken by a resident 13 or younger.

A photo may entered into any category as long as it fits the requirements. If a category is not specified, the photo will still be considered for the overall best.

Entrants are eligible for one of several overall prizes: First prize is $100 and a photo spread on Eldersburg.Net. Second prize is a $50 gift certificate from the store, Photo Scraps; and third prize is a $25 gift certificate from Fast Frames, another local store. There will be additional prizes for the winners in several categories -- including landscapes, still life and architecture, people, and ages 13 and under.

When entering, be sure to include your name, address, contact phone number and a brief description of the picture and what categories you wish the photo to be entered in. There is a limit of four entries per person in the contest. All the entries will be posted on Eldersburg.Net for family members, friends and neighbors to view and vote.

Voting starts this Wednesday, Aug. 5, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 16. The final determination of winners will be a blending of online votes and a judging panel, consisting of a photographer from The Carroll Eagle, Eldersburg.Net staff and other professionals.

Winners will be announced in the Eagle, and on a posting at Eldersburg.Net.

Photo finish ... and the fine print

After the judging is done, a reception will be held at the Eldersburg Library, where winners will be announced. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. This event is open to all who participated in the contest, as well as the general public.

The contest has a few rules, as follows:

All entries must be in .jpg, .tif, or .bmp format. File size limit is 2 MB. Only four entries per person.

Photos may not have excessive computer photo editing — editing is limited to basic color and size correction. Photo entries must be taken within the 21784 ZIP code, or in the Carroll County portion of Marriottsville, and may only be submitted by persons living and/or working in that area.

More information and additional guidelines are available online at Eldersburg.net and www.explorecarroll.com.


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