BKBIA Summer Shutters photo contest begins this Saturday

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association has announced its new event, Summer Shutters 24-Hour Digital Photo Contest. The goal of Summer Shutters is to capture all the beauty, nuances and charm of Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Virginia Country Club and Los Cerritos neighborhoods.
This includes the businesses, the people, the environment, the streets, and the subtleties of this special area of Long Beach all during a 24-hour period.
This contest is inspired by and modeled after “Justin Rudd’s ‘Say Cheese! Long Beach’” photo contest.
What does a typical day look like in “the Knolls?” For 1,440 minutes, beginning at noon on the summer solstice, Saturday, June 21, 2008, and ending at noon on Sunday, June 22, 2008, life in Bixby Knolls will be immortalized through digital photography.
Tuttle Cameras will showcase winning photos at the store, including a photographer reception and awards presentation.
There are a total of $1,000 in cash prizes and product prizes for a number of categories including Best Image of Bixby Knolls, Best Business Photo, Best Neighborhood Photo, and Best Hidden Gem Photo.
All photographs must be taken within the following boundaries: south of 45th Street, west of Orange Avenue, north of 33rd Street, and east of the Los Angeles River.
Neighborhoods will include: California Heights, Bixby Knolls, Virginia Country Club and Los Cerritos. Scherer Park is also included in the contest.
Photos might include, but are not limited to, business/commerce, home life, work, sports, nature/landscape, wildlife, indoor life, outdoor living, pets, architecture, humor, drama, action, friends, family, or historical places in the area.
This event is being hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association and sponsored by Wachovia Securities and Tuttle Cameras.
Winning photos will be submitted to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to help promote Long Beach’s neighborhoods. Photos will also be posted on the BIA Web site, featured as a First Fridays exhibit, and a photo book and/or calendar may be created with the images after the contest.
Entry is free. Entering the contest is simple. Participants will drop off a CD with their five best snapshots to the BKBIA office at 4313 Atlantic Avenue, or email to photo@bixby knollsinfo.com, by 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, and the entries received will be juried.
Winning photos will be selected on criteria such as photographic excellence, visual impact and artistic quality.
Contest rules and application can be found at www.bixbyknollsinfo.com.

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