Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Vacation

With children returning to school summer is starting to wind down which makes it the perfect time for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Vacation.

Vacation photos are basically travel photos. A good travel picture conveys the sense of place to land you’ve traveled to. A few years ago my son went to Japan on trip with his Boy Scout troop. When planning their itinerary, some of the boys suggested they go to the Tokyo Disneyland. That was voted down because others argued that they could go to Disneyland in Anaheim and the experience wouldn’t be much different.

You want to capture the unique feel of the place you’ve journeyed to. Sometimes it’s the architecture like in a place like New York City. It can be about monuments and statures which abound in Washington D.C. Other times it can be about the beauty of the landscape which can range from the serenity of a costal location like Bodega Bay to the mountainous grandeur of Yosemite.

Don’t forget about the people. Faces and people can add to the flavor to your photos. A photo of a street scene may look a little sterile without any people. Waiting for a person or group of people to enter a scene may add a little life to the image.

As with all pictures time of day is important. Late afternoon and early morning light is the best. It gives your photos a nice warm glow. Try night photos too. A boring scene during the day can may come to life at night.

Those of you who had a “staycation” at home can send in pictures too. Anything of you and yours having fun closer to home is acceptable as well.

Some of you may already have gone on your trips, so for this assignment the time period extends back to the traditional start of vacation prime time, Memorial Day, May 29.
If you have a trip planned in the next few weeks you’re in luck, too. in addition to the retroactive extension of the time period for shooting, and extra week has been added to the deadline as well.

How to Enter:

1. Email your entries to Type in “Vacay” in the subject line.

2. Photos have to be shot between May 29 and August 31.

3. Entries are limited to up to 12 photos from each photographer.

4. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of camera/lens you used and where it was taken (e.g.: “John Doe of Stockton. Location: Stockton. Camera: Canon Rebel T3 w/ 55-300mm lens”).

5. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and what they are doing in the photos, and if they’re related to you. Also please identify the body of water you are photographing (e.g.: Jimmy Doe of Stockton stands near the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy).

6. Please feel free to include any interesting anecdotes or stories on how you took the picture.

7. The deadline for submission is Thursday, Aug 31. A photo gallery of all the pictures submitted will be run on September 7 at

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