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The photos in this year’s Photo Annual were taken by many of the best snowboard photographers on the planet—but they didn’t gain their skills overnight. The elite spend years learning and shooting countless images, and with the fast-growing ranks of amateur photography, breaking into the field isn’t getting any easier. That being said, we want to give our readers a leg up on the competition. Submit your photos for the world to see in this year’s Your Turn Photo Contest, for the chance to win a session at High Cascade Snowboard Camp’s Photo Workshop! The ultimate kick-start for any aspiring photographer, you’ll have the chance to develop your skills with coaching from the same professionals whose work is featured in the 2011 TransWorld Photo Annual.

To enter, upload your best photos to TWSnow.com. We’ll be announcing five themes with the following upload tags throughout the winter: Backyard Contest, Sequence Contest, Night Contest, Spring Contest, and Industrial Contest. Category winners will have their photos published on the homepage and also win a stacked photo prize pack. The overall champ will be chosen by the HCSC Photo Workshop staff and awarded the trip to Photo Camp!

** Plus, this top photog will receive his or her first official TransWorld assignment—documenting their week at camp for TWSnow.com! **

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Get After It: Backyard Contest

The first theme is Backyard Contest—homegrown features and snaps, right from your own hood. Just upload your best domestic shot and tag the image “Backyard Contest,” making sure to enter the rider’s name, location, and photographer info. Heck, even throw in a fancy caption if you like!

The first winner will be announced on TWSnow.com and the TransWorld SNOWboarding Facebook page (facebook.com/TWSnow) on Monday, January 16, 2010.

1) Go To TWSnow.com
2) Create a User Account
3) Click On The SHARE Button On The Right Side Of The Homepage
4) Hit “Upload Image”
5) Choose Your File
6) Title, Description, Photo/Rider Info

** Most Important: TAG the Photo: “Backyard Contest” **

Good Luck!

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High Cascade Photo Workshop August 5-10

“At HCSC, you meet industry photographers like Andy Wright and Tim Zimmerman. They give all their insights and knowledge of what it really takes, in real time, to make the cut as a professional. The workshop introduces a camper to the top athletes and snowboard executives that can help escalate your career in snowboard photography.”—Pioneering Snowboard Photographer Trevor Graves

“It’s a great opportunity for those who want to get serious about snowboarding photography. We cover every thing involved-not just shooting, but what happens before and after. It’s a really inspiring thing to be a part of and feed off of the passion the new group of aspiring photographers brings every year.”—TWS Senior Photographer Andy Wright

For more info on the High Cascade Photo Camp at Mt. Hood, Oregon, go to highcascade.com or call 1-800-334-4272

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2010 Your Turn Contest Hall Of Fame

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2010 Overall Winner: Connor Dudgeon's photo of Brad Hesson in Toronto, Ontario.

Park winner: Casey Lorenz’s photo of Wes Williams at Echo Mountain, Colorado
Urban winner: Rodger Obley’s photo of Austin Malone in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania