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City Pages photo contest: Week two prize and rules

We don't expect you to get this kind of nature shot in the next week.

We don't expect you to get this kind of nature shot in the next week.

We got hundreds of terrific responses to our first City Pages photo contest last week. Just look at the winner and runners-up. Damn.

But we probably just scratched the surface of what you guys have done — and can do — when it comes to amateur photography. 

For week two of our contest, we're adding a couple rules and clarifying some others, just to make sure we're running what we hope is a fair contest. 

First, though, something much more fun to think about than rules: Prizes! This week, we're giving away two tickets to the Pines concert at First Avenue on March 18, featuring Phil Cook and Stolyette as openers. Plus, you get famous. Think of the Instagram followers you might gain if you win.

You can enter your photo(s) one of three ways: Direct messaging the City Pages Facebook page, @ing us on our Twitter account, or by emailing your entry (with subject line: Photo contest) to web editor Mike Rietmulder at [email protected] 

Ok, now, to the rules:

1.) Photos must be otherwise unpublished. This doesn't disqualify something that you've already rushed out on Twitter or Instagram. But it does mean that if your photo was already bought by National Geographic, you can't submit the same one for our contest.

2.) Amateurs only, please. We have the utmost respect for people who make a living as professional photographers. That's why we pay them to take pictures for us. This contest is for the average Joes and Janes who take snaps on the side. If we find out you're a ringer, we'll have to disqualify your entry. 

3.) Photos should be recent. We know you love that photo you took of Hubert Humphrey catching a loon with his bare hands. We love it too. But you can't dig into the archives to win our game. Photos must be taken during this calendar year — 2016, if you have suffered a recent head injury — in order to quailfy.

4.) You can submit up to five photos. Some of you sheepishly asked if you could submit more than one photo. Of course you can! Others of you just boldly submitted 25 photos at a time. Please don't do that! To help us keep a tight, orderly contest running, please limit yourself to five photos per week.

5.) You may submit the same photo more than once. But if you think about it, if you've sent us the same photo four straight weeks and still haven't won or been named a runner-up, maybe it's time for you to expand your portfolio.

6.) Selfies and photos of your pet, baby, or delicious-looking dinner count. But they're going to have to be mighty fine to win the grand prize. Should your pet or baby somehow take a selfie, you are allowed to submit this as your entry, though fairness dictates you should share the prize.

7.) City Pages editors will vote to determine the winner. And we won't play favorites. We have very few friends to begin with, and we're not so sure about them, anyway.

8.) Photos must be submitted by the deadline of 5 p.m. Sunday, February 28.  That gives you the whole week and the better part of the freakin' weekend to do your best. The winner and runners-up will be announced Monday, February 29, and we'll contact the winner directly with details on how to pick up the free concert tickets. <!————EndFragment————>

Ok, Minnesota. You're on the clock. Wow us again.