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Send Your Photos for the 2022 Center Spread Contest!

The race is on between westbound trains in British Columbia’s Thompson River Canyon. Canadian National manifest M311 crosses the Thompson River followed closely by Canadian Pacific grain Train 303. The CP grain train will slow and wait for M311 before crossing onto the CN for the trip down CN’s Ashcroft Subdivision. This photo won the 2021 Center Spread Contest. Photo by A.J. Shewan. 

Send Your Photos for the 2022 Center Spread Contest!

The Railfan & Railroad Center Spread Contest will provide a skilled and/or lucky photographer the opportunity to see his or her photo grace the center spread of the August 2022 issue. We’ll award the Grand Prize winner a $100 cash prize, with $60 going to two Runners Up, and $30 going to several Honorable Mentions. Any rail subject, photographed at any time, qualifies for the contest. The only limitation is the image must be in a horizontal format. 

The judges are strongly influenced by images that show creativity. So what is “creative”? Let’s just say that we can’t define it but we know it when we see it. Composition, lighting, and a unique perspective will play a large role in how the judges view the shot. 

See the 2021 winners here!

The details: Each photographer may enter up to three photos, but we generally award only one prize per entrant. Photos can be of any railroad subject taken at any time. Photos must be submitted electronically via our FTP server. We will not accept submissions sent by email or snail mail. Please contact Editor Steve Barry at editor@railfan.com for upload instructions. Note: We use a different FTP server from what we use for general contributions — be sure to get the proper instructions before submitting your photos. Submissions can be digital originals or scanned slides in TIFF or uncompressed JPEG format. Images can be adjusted for exposure, but otherwise should be unaltered. Before submitting your files, go into your photo editing software and check the physical dimensions of the photo. If your photo is less than 3,000 pixels horizontally, we can’t use it. Bigger is better. 

Filenames need to include your first and last names so we can identify your entries. You will be asked to submit an email that provides caption information for each file. Note that images with insufficient caption information may be disqualified. You will also be sent a photo release form to fill out when you receive the uploading instructions. 

The contest deadline is June 20, 2022. 

We look forward to your entries. Good luck! 

This article was posted on: May 19, 2022