2016 Mother Lode photo contest

Send us your best photographs from the Mother Lode.

Sierra Lodestar is conducting a monthly photo contest that awards the best photo $75 each month. We’re looking for seasonal photos that illustrate life in the Gold Country, where people, nature’s wonders and wonderful events find us out and about.

The photos need to have been taken during the month you send them in and we’ll publish the winners and the finalists as the months click by.

To enter, click here https://calaverasenterprise-dot-com.bloxcms.com/site/forms/online_services/event/submit_photo/

**Contest rules

Sierra Lodestar is now accepting public submissions for the 2016 Mother Lode monthly photo contest. This is the opportunity for area photographers to have photos published in Sierra Lodestar and at Sierralodestar.com.
We will make selections monthly, based on the best of that month’s entries. The winner for each month’s contest will receive $75.
The rules are pretty simple: we’re looking for seasonal photos from the Mother Lode (Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador and Alpine counties only). They must be taken during the contest month.
The first month is January 2016.
Photos can be scenic, events or include people. We’re looking for photos that reflect the season in the Mother Lode. If people are in the photo, we need permission from those photographed to publish the photos in Sierra Lodestar and in a Sierra Lodestar calendar that will be published for 2017. We also need to have the location and date of the photo.
Be creative with lighting, angles, subjects and composition, but please do not submit photos that have been heavily manipulated. It is acceptable to adjust images to achieve color balance that reflects the scene as you observed it. Cropping is also acceptable.Sierra Lodestar reserves the right to disqualify any image it feels has been overly altered.
We would like to limit the submissions to three photos per photographer per month. You may submit only images that you have taken yourself.
Submit high-resolution photos (240 dpi JPEG, at five inches wide or high) online at sierralodestar.com/photocontest. Include caption information and the date the photo was taken, plus your name, e-mail address and phone number. We will not publish your personal information, only your name and town of residence.
The deadline for entries is the fifth day of the month following each month’s contest. So for January, please submit photos no later than Feb. 5.
By entering, you grant Sierra Lodestar a license to use your photos, including to edit, publish, distribute and republish them in any form. Photographers retain the rights to their images.
The monthly winners will be determined by Sierra Lodestar management. Employees of the Calaveras First Co. are not eligible. Contest subject to all federal, state and local laws. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. No purchase necessary. E-mail questions to mtaylor@sierralodestar.com.

Photo Contest Archive

Dino Rivera of Jackson for January’s Sierra Lodestar Photo Contest. He captures “Patchwork Barn” along Highway 49 between Mokelumne Hill and Jackson to win the month’s contest. Send photos you’ve taken of people, places and colorful things to mtaylor@sierralodestar.com. 

Here is one of the runners up in our monthly Sierra Lodestar photo contest. Tim Keusthardt of Sonora captured a wintry image at Pinecrest Lake. Look close and you might spot the people on the docks!

Here's one more runner-up for January's Sierra Lodestar Photo Contest. Leah Silva captured a thoroughly wintry scene aboard a horse-drawn wagon at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in her shot titled "Winter Wonderland."

Carolyn Silva of Jackson is the February winner of Sierra Lodestar’s Photo Contest. She captured Mother Nature’s colorful work on Hoffman Street right in Jackson, where daffodils practically jump into the street. Send your photos of people, places and events in the Mother Lode to Mike Taylor…

Cindy Rochelle's "Telegraph City No. 3" is one of the runners-up for the February photo contest in Sierra Lodestar.

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