There was a day, perhaps a decade or two ago, when pulling out a camera and staging a photo took a few minutes, some arranging of people, and plenty of mulling.
Now? Not so much. Walk down any sunny, shop-lined street on a Saturday and you'll see more small rectangles catching sunlight than store windows. This means when a community-loving photo contest rolls along -- say, like the Say Cheese, Long Beach competition -- that participation will be wide and jumping into the snapshots-made-easy swing of things'll be a cinch.
It's lucky year 7 for the fun-spirited photo showdown, which is organized by Justin Rudd of the Haute Dog parades (yes, the same Justin Rudd who jogged every public street in Long Beach over much of last year and the beginning of 2014).
The prize money? It's a grand overall. The time span? That noon start time on Sept. 6 says you can snap, snap, snap away through noon on Sunday, Sept. 7. The topics you should focus on? Well... anything Long Beach, basically. "...home life, work, religious events, secular happenings, nature/landscape, indoor life, outdoor decorations, pets, humor, drama, action, friends, family, city life, beach life, or a historical place" are all on the suggestion list.
Phew. Pausing for breath. And those are "not limited to" themes, note, so go hog wild on La Vida LBC, basically, in all of its magnificent Long-Beach-i-ness.
Do you need to be a resident of Long Beach to participate? That's a big nope. You simply need to take your snapshots within the city within that window of time.
Winning photos'll be displayed later in October at the Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest and Art Walk. Last year over 600 pics from 159 photographers went up, so, for sure, you'll be snapping alongside some excellent co-photogs.
Happy LBC-ing, wielders of photography devices with a love of community, beauty, and pups. We mean, this is Long Beach, a famous dog-loving city. Surely four-footers will be a major theme? Woof.