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Enter Model Railroader's photo contest!

Win up to $750 and get published in Model Railroader magazine!
2009 contest grand prize winner Ron Foreman
Show off your modeling and photography skills and you could win up to $750 in Model Railroader magazine’s photo contest! You don’t have to be a professional to win, just have an eye for images that capture the action and creativity of model railroading. The contest deadline is Jan. 31, 2020, so don’t procrastinate!


Mail entries to: Model Railroader magazine photo contest
P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
Entry deadline: Jan. 31, 2020

1. Send a digital file saved in RAW, TIFF, or JPG format on a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or USB flash drive plus a color print of your photo. Entries that do not include a print will be rejected. Prints from desktop color printers are acceptable. Label your disk and your print with your name and contact information. Digital photos must be taken with a 5 megapixel photo or better. We will not accept film, slides, or prints alone. No cell phone images.
2. The photo must feature a model railroad scene and be taken by the contestant. Each contestant is limited to three entries.
3. Each entry must include a description of the photo. Describe the train in the picture, what it’s doing, and the name, locale, era, and scale of the layout, module, or diorama shown. Include the name of the person who did the model work, the brand names of any equipment shown, and any special modeling techniques used.
4. Digital enhancement of photos is acceptable. However, over-enhancement of images – such as excessive sharpening or color adjustment, an abundance of digital smoke or steam, or the digital insertion of real-life objects or backgrounds into the photo – will diminish your chances of winning.
5. All entries must be received in our office by close of business on Jan. 31, 2020. Non-winning entries will be returned only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
6. Published photos become the property of Model Railroader magazine. Model Railroader may retain any entry for possible future publication in our Trackside Photos department or another part of the magazine, at regular payment rates.
7. Judging will be conducted by the Model Railroader staff, which reserves the right to not award all prizes. Winning entries will be published in the July 2020 issue. Kalmbach Media Co. employees and their families are not eligible to enter.

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