Railroads & Locomotives Photography Tips Trains Photo Contest 2022: Still Soldiering On

Trains Photo Contest 2022: Still Soldiering On

By APP | November 10, 2021

In Partnership with the National Railway Historical Society

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Trains’ “Gray Area” photo contest grand prize winning image: Illinois Central 4-8-2 No. 2613 with a southbound freight on New Year’s Eve 1958, heads for Carbondale, Ill. (Philip A. Weibler)

Trains is happy to announce its partnership with the National Railway Historical Society for the 2022 photo contest. The NRHS is a nonprofit that promotes the interest and study of the railroad industry, a mission the Trains brand shares. The NRHS, which was established in 1935, is a perfect match for a magazine that’s been around since 1940. Both groups celebrate railroad history and present-day operations. The two organizations believe that supporting and encouraging photography is beneficial to the individuals who practice and enjoy images of railroading.

The 2022 contest theme is “Still Soldiering On.” “We see this as relevant to nearly any type of railroading — steam, diesel, tourist operations, transit,” says Jeff Smith, “NRHS Bulletin” editor and head of the photo contest committee. “Still Soldiering On doesn’t have to be about old locomotives still in operation, it could be a line, station, or intercity passenger service that has been around for a hundred years.”

As always, you can illustrate the theme however you like, but be ready to provide an explanation. Please submit no more than three low-resolution images (1200 pixels on the longest edge). Do not alter your images beyond minor color corrections, burning, dodging, and levels adjustments. Send JPGs to TrainsContest@nrhs.com no later than June 1, 2022. Please include your full name and phone number. If your image is selected, we’ll request the high-resolution format. We do not accept mailed submissions.

Winners will be announced in the November 2022 issue.

Grand Prize
Winner will receive: $1,000 from the National Railway Historical Society

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

All winners will also receive a complimentary one-year membership in the NRHS.

>> 1. Enter up to three (3) digital images to TrainsContest@nrhs.com.
>> 2. Contestants must include their name, 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, 2022.
>> 4. Winning photos will be published in Trains’ November 2022 issue.
>> 5. Trains and NRHS reserve the right to retain electronic copies for future publication, use as a contest gallery exhibition on their respective websites, Facebook walls, Twitter feeds, other social media, or for public exhibition. In all cases, the photographer retains the copyright to the image.
>> 6. A committee of NRHS members and Trains staff 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. NRHS photo contest committee members and their families are not eligible to enter.
>> 9. By entering the 2022 Trains photo contest, you agree to share your name and contact information with the NRHS and Trains.

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