Last call for submissions to the sixth annual photo issue

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A composite of photos from last years photo issue
  • A composite of photos from last year's photo issue
[UPDATE BELOW] In the past, you've given us shots ranging from the spectacle of curlicues of smoke at the Air & Water Show to the power of last year's Occupy Chicago protests to the simple but effective message of a moribund building in front of the downtown skyline. We're looking for more similarly vivid work this year. That's right: we're opening up the field for submissions to our annual photo issue!

Of course, not everyone can make the cut. But following these guidelines will ensure that you at least have a good shot:

• Photographs must be high-resolution images suitable for print and need to have been taken by you.
• Photos must have been shot in the Chicagoland area within the past year. Please include the date and location of photographs either in your e-mail, on the back of your photograph, or in a separate note.
• Please include your name, age, occupation, neighborhood, and contact information. If you wish, commentary about the photo is also welcome.
• While we will be including all manner of photographs, we also encourage music and nightlife photos for the Reader's B Side.

Though we will be deciding what photos will appear in the issue, we're letting you decide the top three winners, all of whom will receive (very cool) prizes. We'll make sure to let you know when to head to Facebook, where we will post all the finalists with the hashtag #photoissue. "Like" the photo to determine the winner.

By submitting photos you automatically grant us permission to publish them in the Reader's December 27 photo issue. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 16, 2012. Send photos either online to photoissue@chicagoreader.com or by mail to:

Photo Editor
c/o Chicago Reader
350 N. Orleans St.
10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654

And because we're always up for revisiting some great work, check out the past three photo issues here, here, and here. And if you're still not suitably excited about this, listen to this song.

UPDATE: Please include "Chicago Reader Photo Issue" in the subject line of your e-mail to prevent your submission from being lost.

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