Winning snapshot to serve as the cover for the 2015 Official Charlotte Visitors Guide
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2014) – Launching Tuesday, Aug. 19, the “My Charlotte Photo Contest” encourages passionate fans of Charlotte to submit photos for the coveted cover of the 2015 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. The deadline to submit images at charlottesgotalot.com/photocontest is Tuesday, Sept. 23 at noon ET.
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 attention-grabbing images should consider submitting photos that showcase the people and places of Charlotte.
The grand prize winner's photo will be featured on the cover of the 2015 Official Charlotte Visitors Guide, and they will receive a $500 prize. A second place winner’s photo will be included in an editorial feature in the Guide, and they will receive a $100 prize. A third place winner’s photo will also be included in the publication in an editorial feature, and they will receive a ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ prize pack with Queen City-themed items.
While there will be three winners selected, all photo submissions will 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 places and faces of the destination including everything from families, friends and couples enjoying diverse neighborhoods like Dilworth, NoDa and Ballantyne to outdoor enthusiasts exploring stunning green spaces and parks. The images should highlight the one-of-a-kind things to see and do in the Queen City. While skyline images are representative of the city’s growth and urban appeal, images that show the people of Charlotte experiencing specific, identifiable places 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 about the people and places of Charlotte. Do you and your friends 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 people, vibrant colors, unique composition and great expressions.
To enter, photos should be submitted to charlottesgotalot.com/photocontest by noon ET on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Winners will be notified by the end of October. After the contest ends, fans of Charlotte are encouraged to continue submitting photos throughout the year on social media using the hashtag #MyCharlotte for the chance to be featured as the Photo of the Week on the 'Charlotte's got a lot' social media channels.
About the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of our visitors and residents. Through leadership in destination development, marketing and venue management expertise, the CRVA leads efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community. Brands supported by the CRVA include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Visit Charlotte in conjunction with the region’s destination marketing brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot.’ For more information about Charlotte, visit www.charlottesgotalot.com.