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One week left in Sept. Truckers News photo contest

| September 23, 2010

The contest asks for pictures of “Truckstop scenes,” such as this night shot I took in the early a.m. Wednesday, at a Georgia Pilot on the way back from Atlanta with Western Express driver Derek Dorsey. The prize, in addition to publication in Truckers News, will be something of a “field guide” to the basics of shooting, by Bryan Peterson, founder of the Perfect Picture School of Photography, www.ppsop.com. It’s “Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera,” an excellent reinforcement of the trained photographic eye, I’ve found.

Our last, August contest winner was Bob McGilvray, Robinson Transport driver based in Columbus, Ohio, whose “Philadelphia” pic (shown here) hewed well to the “Cityscapes” theme, capturing in one take so much of that which makes up any city’s character. McGilvray, who turned 50 years old this month, says the contests, which began in June in conjunction with the Truckers News Flickr.com photo group, have gotten him seeing the photographic potential everywhere he goes. He’s only been seriously shooting since he bought a Nikon D40 single-lens-reflex camera a year ago, but judging by the results, he’s got a natural eye for the work. His winning shot, he says, was cropped to exclude some extraneous detail and make more effective the lead line of the highway barrier moving the eye into the graffitied building at left and on up into skyline.

To join the Flickr group and participate in this month’s contest, visit www.flickr.com/groups/truckersnews. Here are the contest rules:

TO ENTER: 
1. Post your appropriately themed, high-resolution (around 1,500 by 900 pixels, at the very least, will be needed to be included in the magazine) photo to the pool by midnight of Sept. 30. 
2. Send an email with your full name, location/mailing address and your trucking business’ profile in brief (who you drive for or whether you run on your own authority as an owner-operator, etc.) to me, Todd Dills at tdills@rrpub.com — include “photo contest” in the subject line and a link to the original Flickr location of your entered picture as well.

The winning pic will be the most visually/compositionally and/or technically interesting pic relevant to the theme, of course. Looking forward to your entries!