Saturday, March 24, 2007

Canon Wins 5-2 in Trains Magazine Contest

Canon beat Nikon 5-2 in Trains magazine’s annual photo contest, with winner’s published in the April issue.

Reader Robert Jordan took the grand prize for his winter scene of workers clearing snow off the front of a locomotive, keeping with the contest’s “Against the Elements” theme. The winning photo was made with a Nikon N-80 and an unspecified 28-200 zoom on Fuji Provia 100F.

As Grand Prize winner, Jordan will receive a six-day rail excursion for two plus a Canon EOS 30D with 24-85mm lens.

First-prize winner Mike Schaller made his image of a locomotive plowing through the snow with a Canon 20D and EF 35-350mm zoom. He will receive a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with 18-55mm lens. Second prize of $300 went to Ken Fitzgerald for a summer photo of a railroad worker drinking from a bottle of water under a hot sun, shot with a Canon 5D and 20mm lens. The five runners up included one Nikon shot, three by Canon and one with a classic Pentax K1000. Runners up received a Canon gadget bag.

The contest was open for photos taken between November 1, 2005, and October 31, 2006. Judging was based on “intriguing composition, effective use of light, and inspiring and creative images.”

Trains isn’t a photography magazine, but is a very photographer-friendly publication for photographers who like to shoot trains and related railroad scenes. The magazine publishes dozens of photos in each issue, most if not all from freelancers, and welcomes submissions from readers. Unlike some hobby magazines, photographers are paid for their work. In fact, publisher Kalmbach Publishing Co. has recently launched a new submissions page at to encourage writers and photographers to submit their work for Trains and other railroad-related magazines own by the company.

Click here for contest details.

Copyright 2007


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