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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 10/22/2008

Photo Contest (Earth as Art, Part 2: You)

By Ann Posegate

Submit your creative snapshots of the sky

A colorful sun dog is visible to the left of the sun. Captured by Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose from Fairfax, Va., on Sept. 17, 2008.

Last week, I displayed several artistic images of the sky from the Earth as Art and Art in Nature online image galleries. Next month, I'd like to showcase creative snapshots of our sky through an informal photo contest. From now until Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, send us your photographs taken of the sky over D.C., Maryland or Virginia, with the chance to have them featured right here on CWG.

The contest is open to anyone, regardless of prior experience in photography: professionals, amateurs and non-photographers alike. We'll even accept pictures taken by cell phone. (I know I've captured a few interesting sky images on my phone when I haven't had a camera handy.)

Keep reading for more contest information. And see our full forecast through the weekend.

Capital Weather Gang will judge the photos based on how well they capture patterns and textures, rare and exceptional clouds, or optical effects, in addition to their overall "wow factor." The top 5 photos will be posted here the week of Nov. 17.

Based on Capital Weather Gang's online gallery of weather photographs by our very own Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston, I know there are plenty of creative encounters to be had with the sky above! (Sorry, Kevin and Ian. To be fair, you'll have to wait this one out.)

Within the past two months, I came across quite a few unusual skyscapes that were worth capturing, but did not have a camera or cell phone handy. Two such examples were what appeared to be small Mammatus clouds during the sunset that followed Tropical Storm Hanna on Sept. 6 and Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds outside of my office building on a warm, mostly sunny day in early October. (Did anyone else see either of these? I'd love to have photos for proof.)

Email with your entries. We will accept up to three entries per person. You must be at least 13 years old. Please include your name, the city or town in which the photo was taken, and when (to the best of your knowledge) the picture was snapped. All photographs must be authentic (i.e., no Photoshopping), property of you, and taken in D.C., Maryland or Virginia. Photos may be from the past or taken between now and the contest due date.

And don't forget to have fun!

By Ann Posegate  | October 22, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Contests, Photography, Posegate  
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I wish I could email this post out to the photogs I know! Is there a utility here somewhere, and I'm just missing it?

Posted by: ~sg | October 22, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse


The easiest way is to copy the front page link for this post (called permalink, also right here) and send that in an email yourself. Eventually, those sort of functions will be available from within the post as well.

Posted by: Jamie Jones, CapitalWeather Gang | October 22, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jamie - that's what I'll do.

Posted by: ~sg | October 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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