Trainfest Photo Contest

NEW Coming In Trainfest 2017

Show Off Your Photography Skills

New for 2017 is the Trainfest Photo Contest! This new addition to our lineup is open to all amateur (no professionals, please) photographers! Kids are encouraged to participate. There will be 10 possible categories to enter and all participants, both winning and non-winning, will have their photograph(s) displayed during both days of Trainfest!

Photo Contest Catagories


This includes all aspects of a model railroad layout


This includes any and all types of Diesel Locomotives


This could also include stationary steam engines, for example a steam donkey


This includes any and all types of revenue cars


This would include anything on the rails that does not make money


This includes any and all passenger cars


This includes Railroad personnel doing their jobs


This would include any type of building, tower, track, or switch stand. Anything RR related that does not roll on the track


This would be all aspects of anything having to do with railroading. ex. any of the above categories, a stack of wheels, a washout with sagging track anything that catches your eye. (You could have an entry of a box car in the General category and a different box car in the Rolling Stock)


This would be the same as the general category but the railroad we are celebrating for the current year would have to be identified in the photo. ex. For 2017 the photo would have to be of the Canadian National Railroad or the Soo Line

*Photographs that are deemed more appropriate for a different category can and will be transferred.

General Contest Entry Information

All entries will require a $1, nonrefundable processing fee and the entry blank, fee and photograph(s) must be delivered or postmarked by September 29, 2017. All shipping charges must be prepaid to Mercury Communication Partners, LLC, or the package will not be accepted. The photographs must meet the photo requirements. Incomplete or improper entries will be returned. The judging will take place on October 21, 2017.

Eligibility Requirements

Kids ages 5 to 99 are encouraged to participate in the photo contest! As long as you can operate a camera, you are eligible to enter the contest. Participants can enter up to 10 photos in the contest (one photo per category). The photos MUST be entered under the name of the person that took them and they must be the participant’s original work.

Photo Requirements

All entries must be an 8”x10” photo with a 1” black border and mounted on a 10”x12” foam board. The black border can be a 10”x12” piece of black construction paper that has been glued to the foam board. The entry must come ready to hang with a piece of string or wire hot glued to the back of the foam board. Entries can be vertical or horizontal depending on what better suits the photograph. Photographs not meeting the size, border and mounting requirements will be disqualified.

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