Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Feature: Month in Photos

We've been testing a new feature the past few weeks called Southern Maryland in Photos.  Every month we compile news and human interest photos and display them in select locations throughout somd.com.  Currently we display a small slideshow at the bottom of every headline news article.  We also display a larger slideshow on the main news index page.

Here is the slideshow for Feb. 2009:

If you snap a few photos that are newsworthy, or of interest to the local community, and would like to see them included in the monthly photo feature, please email them to pics (at) somd.com.  Please be sure to include the following:

* The photo(s).  Please submit the photo in JPEG or PNG format.  We prefer a resolution of 1024x768 pixels or higher, but we'll accept anything down to 640x480 (VGA).  Most modern cell phones will shoot at least 640x48o pixels.

* Your name.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please so state.  But, we still need your real name to protect us against any future copyright claims. Oh, and please only submit photos that you personally took.  We can not accept third party submissions due to stringent copyright laws.

* A brief caption detailing what is happening in the photo.  Please be concise, but specific enough that a total stranger would understand what is happening.

* The date the photo was taken.  Please do not submit photos that are more than 2 weeks old.

We are currently working on an archive page where readers can view all slideshows for prior months.

P.S. Any photos that are submitted with press releases are automatically considered for this feature.  There is no need to submit photos twice.