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Monday, May 11, 2009

Wanna Win Some Money in a San Francisco Photo Contest? Since *This* Is The Photo On The Web Page Announcing the Prize, We Think You've Got a Shot.

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 5:30 AM

click to enlarge This is a prize-winner? - SFTRAVEL.COM
  • This is a prize-winner?

If you're willing to -- definitely -- grant others "a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide right to copy, crop, edit, publish, display, distribute, sublicense or otherwise use" your photographs, and -- very remotely -- have a chance of winning 100 bucks, boy do we have the contest for you!

The Web site -- which we've never heard of -- has announced a San Francisco photo contest. And, since the art illustrating this article also illustrates their announcement, maybe you don't need to be Ansel Adams, Pirkle Jones, or Dorothea Lange to win this thing. 

Incidentally, this Web site immediately won points with us by referring to Fisherman's Wharf as "a vicious tourist trap." I don't know how many times I've been asked for directions to Pier 39; I always give them accurately, but inside it tears me up. Tourists heading to Fisherman's Wharf strikes us as akin to going out to eat and ordering a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Anyhow, since $100 buys a couple of pretzels, maybe your interest is piqued. If so, the contest's rules state that "photographs may include landscape, locales, activities, people and/or animals" -- so it's hard to think of a photograph that doesn't qualify. That being said, your snapshot must "convey the allure of San Francisco." Could this be code language indicating that photos of large swaths of the city, drunken and/or drugged vagrants, or displays of public hedonism will not be received favorably? Enter some and find out.

So, best of luck, shutterbugs. One last thing: It warrants mentioning that SFTravel LLC lists its address in Reno, Nevada.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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