There are many places around the planet where, at practically any hour of the day, a camera is being raised and a lens is being focused. The Eiffel Tower? Oui. Big Ben? Quite. And the Queen Mary and the aquarium's penguins and the beaches and the houses and the ships of Long Beach? You've likely been there with your camera held high.
It's extra fortunate when you're a shutterbug snapping pictures in the LBC: Every year there's a 24-hour digital photo contest, a contest that's all about capturing the community, sights, and flavors (and, yep, winning a little cash).
If you happen to be around Long Beach from noon on Saturday, Sept. 14 through noon on Sunday, Sept. 15, and you happen to be with camera, and you happen to snap an excellent digital photograph of a runner at dawn or a dog in the surf or a harbor seal at play in the waves or people cafe-ing it up along Belmont Shore, then you have a chance at winning a $50 bill. Nice.
So the deal with Say Cheese, Long Beach? You don't have to be a Long Beach denizen but the photo does have to be taken in Long Beach. Entry is free and you can submit ten or fifteen pics. There are a few other to-knows to bone up on before heading out, but, before you do, you might pause to consider what locations are snapped quite a bit and what places could be viewed in a fresh light.
Past winners are listed on the site.
It's a nice community thing, yes indeed, and we're happy to see that it unfurls over a 24-hour period that isn't about the springtime grand prix or a pup parade or any of the other big local events. The aim is truly just to get a feel for living in Long Beach and all of its quintessential Long-Beach-i-ness.
Where will you start, digital shutterbug?