The magic of a photograph...

The magic of a photograph lies in its ability to freeze a moment, to tell a story without words. Believe it or not, you’re holding the key to this magic in your hands! We’re thrilled to invite you to our photo contest where you can capture the winter warmth and wonder at the YMCA of the Rockies.

Tips for a Winning Shot

THE ART OF NOTICING
Sometimes, beauty hides in plain sight. It’s about pausing, breathing, and really seeing. Step outside at the YMCA, take a moment, and capture the tiny wonders that surround you.

FIND YOUR LIGHT
In photography, light is the painter’s brushstroke. Embrace natural light, experiment with shadows, and let the magic happen. For a bright photo, position yourself with the light at your back. For a moodier vibe, shoot into the light.

RULE OF THIRDS
The “Rule of Thirds” is a timeless photography tip. Envision a grid over your photo. Position your subject along one-third of the grid. Experiment with various compositions, and don’t hesitate to break the rule of thirds! Photography is an art, and there’s no wrong approach.

Rule of thirds

FIND YOUR HORIZONTAL LINE
Just like the “Rule of Thirds,” envision a horizontal line across your photo and align your horizon with it. This creates a visually pleasing composition. Explore angles, discover your horizon, and let your imagination lead the way.

CONTEST DETAILS
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Capture your photo at the YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center or Snow Mountain Ranch! Whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a serene winter hike, or a moment filled with laughter – discover the wonders that make these places truly magical. Feel free to use a camera, your phone, a polaroid – whatever works best for you.

HOW TO ENTER
Submit your entries between FEBRUARY 1ST AND 24TH.

? EMAIL SUBMISSION: Send your photos to [email protected] with the subject line “Photo Contest Entry – [Your Name].”

? INSTAGRAM DIRECT MESSAGE: Alternatively, direct message us on Instagram at ymcarockies. Don’t forget to include your contact information.

Tell us the story behind your photo! We’d love to hear a brief description of the moment you captured.

PRIZES
Three lucky winners will be chosen!

1ST PLACE
Enjoy a cozy 2-night stay in a lodge room at Estes Park Center or Snow Mountain Ranch.

2ND PLACE
Gear up for winter adventures with a YMCA of the Rockies Backpack and a beanie.

3RD PLACE
Stay warm this winter with a YMCA of the Rockies mug and a beanie.

We’ll be sharing our favorites throughout the month of February with the hashtag #YMCARockiesWinter and the winners will be announced at the end of the month. Get your cameras ready and let your creativity flow. We can’t wait to see winter warmth and wonder through your lens!

? Photo Rights & ? Email Consent:
By participating, you grant photo rights for YMCA of the Rockies promotion. Providing your email adds you to the YMCA of the Rockies list for updates. We respect your privacy!

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