I'm taking any large scale, rideable, model railroading subject.
Including: "Steam", "Diesel", "Trolleys", "Traction Locomotives", "Rolling
Stock" or almost anything else. The categories are:
|Motive Power: Steam This category can be realistic or it can have other elements in
it that give away the fact that it's a scale model. Either is fine for
Motive Power: Other than steam Same as above except
the locomotive can be powered by gasoline (petrol) or electric or some means
other than steam power.
Scale model structures that
appear along the track of a riding scale railroad.
The photos must be of scale model structures for Rideable
railroad equipment. It's ok so show trains or people in the photo along with the
|People Enjoying the
Hobby. These photos are of humans (of all ages)
riding on or standing with or working on Riding Scale equipment.
You nominate the winners (starting in
Anyone can vote. Only one ballet per e-mail address
please. The top vote getters will be the finalists. The order of the
winners (1st prize, 2nd etc.) will be chosen by an expert panel of judges made
up of last year's winners and our sponsors.
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We are limiting the number of photos entered this year. Photos that are not up to Photo Contest standards
may not get posted. Not every photo entered will be displayed.
Anyone can enter, (see Rules).
except for those that received a prize in last
year's contest. You will need to limit yourself to 1
photograph per subject (4 total). Be sure to send no more than 1 photo for
Submit a photo by clicking here:
Photo formats I can use are jpg (preferred), gif, bmp. Submitted
photos should be 1600 pixels on the longest side maximum. (I will reduce them if you
Please be ready with following information:
- Title of the photograph (if you can't think of one, I'll
think of something).
- Your name, (the name everyone knows you as...such as..."Skeeter
- The photographers name (If you are not the photographer, I
need the name of the person that actually took the photograph. He/She will
be the prize winner. Make sure he or she knows the photo is being entered)
- Interesting information for the caption: What type or wheel
arrangement is the locomotive (if known) and/or the manufacture of the equipment
(i.e.: MDM diesel/electric model SD50 or Little Engines 4-4-0 American) Any
other interesting or useful information such as the location photo was taken,
(i.e.; "Illinois Live Steamers track, Chicago Illinois" or "my private track in
West Texas"), the name of the folks in the picture, or what's happening in the
picture, anything you want to add (i.e.: date loco was built, "Bill and Joe
blowing off steam", "Frank's first time out with the new engine" etc.)
NO EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE POSTED IN THE CONTEST.
Prizes will be shipped direct from the sponsor.
Shipping will be via common carrier, UPS, FedEX etc. FOB: the continental US.
Normal shipping costs are the responsibility of the sponsor . Additional
off shore shipping and export arrangements are the responsibly of the winners.
A cash prize in place of the standard prize my be arranged if agreeable to by
- Photos must be your property, taken by you,
not copied from another source.
- The photo must be free of copy write restrictions. In other
words, the entered photo can not have been published someplace else such as
another web site or a magazine.
- All photos submitted become the property of
Discoverlivesteam and may be used else ware on this or related site. One
example is the Discover Live Steam
Photo Memory Game.
Even if you submit your photo here, you can still use it for other purposes.
I ask that you let me know if you use them some place else so we won't wonder if
they were used without permission.
- If you did not receive a prize last year you are eligible to
win this year. If you live in my house, you can not win a prize. All others,
except last years winners, are eligible.
Sorry, only one set (4) of photos (one from each category) per
Photo Shop Editing (digital image manipulation)
Many digital cameras come with software programs to "fix" your photos.
If you need to remove "Red Eye" or correct color or some other problem, go
ahead, that's OK. When it comes to extensive digital manipulation, we do
not have a category for photos created mostly by software. In other words,
we can not use photos that have undergone moderate to extensive digital
reworking. If you have any questions on this issue, send in your
photo, I'll take a look at it.
Contest submission ends some time in November. A winner
will be selected when voting and judging is complete.
The placement of
sponsor's "banners" receives a ton of exposure. We are
promoting this hobby to the ever increasing number of live steamers that are on
line. Most of these steamers have been in the hobby for years and are
happy to find web sites for live steam suppliers. Others are just finding
out about live steam railroading. Those folks look to this website as a
starting point. Discover Live Steam specializes in resource data such as
the most complete data base of
Live Steam Tracks and
Clubs any where! And a comprehensive listing of
suppliers by gauge.
This is a
once a year opportunity. Don't miss out.
Sponsors can provide
a "banner" ad for us to place or we will design a banner ad (with a link to your web site). Custom banner design is
included. Banner placement in the
contest and size is based on the value of the prizes
If you are
interested in sponsorship for this year's contest, email me.
History of the Photo
hobby is made for photography. The models look so real, the people riding
are almost always smiling. How can you miss? The
year, 1999, I wrote everyone I knew in the hobby and asked for photos. We had
some great ones.
second year I changed the name of the web site from Jim's Live Steam to
discoverlivesteam.com. Also that year we spilt the photos into
"categories". During the first contest I noticed the photos could easily
be grouped as "realistic" or "people having fun". That same year we
introduced "prizes" donated by Real Trains, Little Engines, Cannonball and
Mountain Car. And these prizes were very generous.
third contest we really started rolling. We had nine sponsors and 45
photos entered. Live Steamers looked forward to the contest to see some really
nice equipment and to see what was new in the hobby. We had photos not just from
North America but also from England and France.
2003 we offered a special category, "Kids in the Live Steam Hobby". It
proved so popular we made it a permanent feature.
we changed our categories. We will also thin out the photos that are
not up to Photo Contest standards. Our judges word is still final.