Wanted: your photos of a day in the life of Arizona - taken on the state's 100th birthday Tuesday.

The Arizona Centennial Photo Project - open to amateur and professional photographers - will reap a trove of pictures commemorating the landmark day.

Project guidelines are simple:

• Photos must be taken in Arizona on Tuesday and submitted online by Feb. 28 in digital format.

• They should reveal a sense of time and place and include a human element that indicates life in the present day. The human element might be a person, or it could be something such as a car or a pair of boots.

"We're really looking for slice-of-life photographs - a rancher penning his animals or a teacher in front of a classroom," said Kelly Kramer, managing editor of Arizona Highways magazine.

Arizona Highways is organizing the project in cooperation with the American Society of Media Photographers and the Arizona Professional Photographers Association.

"We want photo subjects from all walks of life and all corners of the state - doing what they do," Kramer said. "The idea is to show what Arizona looks like on Feb. 14, 2012."

Kramer said immediate plans call for publishing the images online as a photo gallery.

"We're expecting a very large number of images," she said. "If we did decide to publish them later (in a printed format), there would need to be an editing process."

Individuals may submit more than one photo, Kramer said, "but keep it to a respectable number. Less than five is probably fair."

She said all submitted images will appear online as long as they comply with terms of the project and general decorum.


Here's how to submit photos to the Arizona Centennial Photo Project:

• All photos must be taken in Arizona on Tuesday and submitted by Feb. 28.

• To submit photos, go online to arizonahighways.com/photography.asp beginning Tuesday and follow directions under the Photo Project heading.

• Photos must be submitted in digital format. No print or film submissions will be accepted.

• Digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (for horizontal photos) or 1,600 pixels tall (for vertical photos).

• Photographers retain copyrights to images but will not be paid for them. By submitting photographs, the photographer grants first-time publishing and electronic rights to Arizona Highways magazine.

Contact reporter Doug Kreutz at dkreutz@azstarnet.com or at 573-4192.