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Trains Photo Contest 2020: In the City

By | November 6, 2019

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Sumpter Valley trains Ben Duncan Grand Prize winner Trains photo contest 2019
Sumpter Valley trains Ben Duncan Grand Prize winner Trains photo contest 2019
2019 Grand Prize: Ben Duncan
This photograph captures my perceptions of American westward expansion. It creates a tension between ideas of East and West, past and future, static and dynamic, confinement and freedom. Taken on my first visit to the western United States, it depicts the Sumpter Valley Railroad, which runs close to one of the great symbols of westward migration — the historic Oregon Trail. The “viewer” looks back east from the caboose of a mixed train shunted into the spur at Hawley, while Alco 2-8-2 No. 19 with its log train passes on the main, during the railroad’s Photographers’ Weekend, Oct. 14, 2018.

Once again, Sigma will cosponsor the 2020 contest. Moving on from the expansive views of mountains, prairies, and lush landscapes presented in last year’s contest, we’ve selected their diametrical opposite with this theme: In the City. As always, interpret the theme however you like, but be able to back it up should we select your masterpiece. Please submit no more than three images. Do not alter your images beyond minor color corrections, burning, dodging, and levels adjustments.
Upload JPGs to no later than June 1, 2020, and type “photo contest” in the “comments.” If we select your image as a finalist, we’ll request the high-resolution format. We do not accept mailed submissions.

Winners will be announced in the November 2020 issue.

Grand Prize
Winner will receive: Sigma 100-400mm lens

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 or equivalent Trains products

>> 1. Enter up to three (3) 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, 2020.
>> 4. Winning photos will be published in Trains’ November 2020 issue.
>> 5. Trains reserves the right to retain electronic copies for future publication, use as a contest gallery exhibition on Trains magazine’s website, Facebook wall, Twitter feed, other social media, 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 Media Co. or their families are not eligible to enter.
>> 9. Sigma reserves the right to exchange a comparable lens for the prize listed above.
>> 10. By entering the 2020 Trains photo contest, you agree to share your name and email address with SIGMA.

5 thoughts on “Trains Photo Contest 2020: In the City

  1. @James Griffin You can submit any digital photo taken at any time. Sorry for the late reply!

  2. Don’t have any Sigma lenses – all mine are Canon. I actually prefer Tamron over Sigma.

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