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2017 Trains Photo Contest

By Angela Pusztai-Pasternak | September 9, 2016

Check out the particulars of our railroad photography contest with the theme, "Lucky 7"

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Grand Prize winner: A reflection of a BNSF Railway engine in water droplets near Old Monroe, Mo., on the BNSF K-Line.
Barry Gaston
This year we are publishing our 77th volume, so it seemed fitting to call the 2017 Trains Photo Contest “Lucky 7.” As always, you can interpret our theme in any way you like as long as it it railroad related. If your railroad image is selected, you’ll have to explain how it fits the theme. Please submit no more than five images. Do not alter your images beyond minor color corrections, burning, dodging, and levels adjustments.

Upload your submissions to no later than June 1, 2017. Be sure to indicate in the “comments” that your photos are for the photo contest. We will no longer be accepting submissions by mail.

Winners will be announced in the November 2017 issue.

Grand Prize
Winner will receive: $750

First Prize
Winner will receive: $500

Second Prize
Winner will receive: $250

Five Runners-Up
Winners will receive: a three-year subscription to Trains magazine

>> 1. Enter up to five (5) digital images to, choose “Trains” as the publication, and label the submission “PHOTO CONTEST.” 
>> 2. Contestants must include their name, address, a daytime phone number, email address, and basic caption information in the digital image’s metadata.
>> 3. All entries must be submitted by June 1, 2017.
>> 4. Winning photos will be published in Trains’ November 2017 issue.
>> 5. Trains reserves the right to retain electronic copies for future publication, use as a contest gallery exhibition on Trains magazine’s website and Facebook wall, or for public exhibition. In all cases, the photographer retains the copyright to the image.
>> 6. Trains staff members will judge photos on a “blind” basis, meaning they will not know the identities of the entrants.
>> 7. Multiple prizes will not be awarded to any individual.
>> 8. Employees of Kalmbach Publishing Co. or their families are not eligible to enter.

13 thoughts on “2017 Trains Photo Contest

  1. Hi,
    Re: Submitting photos for the 2016 Trains Photo Contest. To qualify for submission, are images limited to those taken within a certain timeframe? (E.g., the past year, 2 years, 5 years or even longer?)
    Thanks, Cliff

  2. Hi, Cliff. There are no timeframe restrictions. However, submissions must be digital. Thanks for your interest.

    Yes, RG. Please do submit high-resolution scans.

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