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Contest update, next themes, etc.

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  December 2, 2008 02:17 PM

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Hey, gang -- sorry I was out of commission yesterday ... believe it or not, I have other responsibilities outside of RAW, although a completely RAW life would be a nice indulgence ...

As part of our Community PubIishing initiative, we are launching so-called "hyperlocal" sites: That is, sites designed for one geographic community. We've already launched Newton -- please check it out and let me know what you think (especially of the small photo in the header, taken by yours truly). These sites feature links to content from all over the local web that's relevant to each community. So for Newton, for example, we have links to stories not just from the Globe's West Bureau, but also from the Newton Tab, the Waltham News Tribune, local bloggers -- even the high school papers. When you click on any of the story links, you go to the original site.

The next communities we're launching are Waltham and Needham, so yesterday I spent most of the day trolling around Waltham, looking for iconic images we could use in that header. The photos have to be pretty straight-forward, no fancy stuff, so here's what I came up with. Which do you think would work best at a small size (162 px x 110 px)?

Waltham Gazebo

The gazebo on the Common beside City Hall

Waltham Gazebo

Another shot of the gazebo

Waltham Dam

The dam on Moody Street

Waltham Mill

Francis Cabot Lowell Apartments, formerly the Boston Manufacturing Co.


"Daisy, please -- there are children around!"

OK, so that last one was just for your amusement. By the way, if any of you have some shots of landmarks or people or nice scenics from Newton, Waltham, or Needham, send them in and we'll post them on the sites.

Now for the important stuff:

I'm posting more of the contest entries today, tonight, and tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon, I'm heading over to Boston University, where my friend Peter Southwick, BU's director of photojournalism and former director of photography for the Globe, will narrow the choices to the Final 50. We'll post those in the Voting Machine Thursday. You'll vote for 5 days, then I'll trek back to BU, where Peter will choose the Top 10, taking your votes into consideration.

You voted for the theme 'Tis the Season for December -- a pretty broad category, so be creative -- and Cold for January.

We're creating the Photo Uploaders for each now, and will post them as soon as they're ready. But if you have a Flickr account, you don't have to wait for us. Feel free to choose your photo for each theme and add the contest tags now if you want: contest December or contest January (capitalization doesn't matter).

The December deadline is Dec. 31 and the January deadline is Jan. 31. Next week we'll post a poll for you to choose the theme for February.

That's it for now ...

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