Winning snapshot to serve as the cover for the 2014 Official Charlotte Visitors Guide
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2013) – Launching Sept. 5, the “My Charlotte Photo Contest” encourages passionate fans of Charlotte to submit for the coveted cover of the 2014 Official Charlotte Visitors Guide. The winning image will represent the Queen City in the publication, which is distributed to more than 350,000 readers annually, throughout the upcoming year.
Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to enter, especially given the rising number of smartphone users who can easily take advantage of high-quality built-in cameras and photo-related apps. Professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts with an eye for eye-catching images should consider submitting.
The grand prize winner will be selected as the cover photo for the 2014 Official Charlotte Visitors Guide and receive a $500 prize. A second place winner will be included in an editorial feature in the Guide and receive a $100 prize. A third place winner will also be included in the publication in an editorial feature and receive a ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ prize pack with Queen City-themed items.
While there will be three winners selected, all submissions have the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in ongoing social media content across Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter, in addition to future publications and marketing collateral that promote the city to visitors. Finalists will be featured on the ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ Facebook page.
Photos should showcase the best assets the destination has to offer, from diverse neighborhoods like Dilworth, NoDa and Ballantyne to stunning green spaces and parks to one-of-a-kind things to see and do. While skyline images are representative of the city’s growth and urban appeal, images that reflect specific, identifiable spaces, places and people in Charlotte are encouraged. Below are some tips to help guide the submission process:
- Quality: Submitted images must be high resolution. Most new smartphones have high-quality cameras built in, so before snapping the shot, be sure to adjust your settings to HDR (High Dynamic Range), which will provide the most optimal, high resolution image.
- Time of Day: Shadows or glare from bright lights can destroy even the most perfect pictures. Try taking pictures early in the morning, just before sunset or on an overcast day. Use the flash on bright days to fill in shadows on faces or irregular surfaces.
- Content: Make your entry stand out by telling a story. Do you have a favorite watering hole in Charlotte that captures the city’s culture perfectly? Or a favorite attraction that you and your family visit often? Submit a picture that stands out from the rest, so look for shots with vibrant colors, unique composition and great expressions.
To enter, interested photographers should submit photos to www.charlottesgotalot.com/photocontest by noon EST on Sept. 30, 2013. Winners will be notified by the end of October.
About Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to ensure the visitors and events that choose Charlotte have a positive experience. Responsibilities include destination marketing through Visit Charlotte and the region’s destination marketing brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot,’ and management of Charlotte’s public assembly facilities, which include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. CRVA’s mission seeks to leverage its hospitality marketing and management expertise to maximize the impact of the Charlotte region’s economy, creating opportunities and jobs for the community. charlottesgotalot.com