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This Labor Day weekend, my daughter turns 1 year old. Now that she’s walking, she’s become so curious about the world. Every step she takes, everywhere she looks, there’s a new thing to learn. And it reminds me that we’re all learning, all the time. Whether we’re improving our writing and photography, picking up a new hobby, getting lost and finding a new way home, or learning the name of a neighbor, every day we’re learning something new. So, with that in mind, and with our kids and grandkids going back to school this month, September’s Photo Challenge theme is all about learning. Scroll down to find out more… Also, remember that September is your LAST CHANCE to enter the Photo Challenge before you get to vote for the best photo of the year in October’s annual Grand Prize event. The winner gets a check for $2,000. Details below. — Lori Lori Allen Director, Great Escape Publishing ****************** September 1, 2010 The Right Way to Travel ****************** SEPTEMBER’S PHOTO CHALLENGE THEME: LIFE LESSONS By Shelly Perry in Portland, OR It’s that time of year again when yellow buses make their test-runs down neighborhood streets to get ready for the school year. Kids head back to school, and students everywhere learn and grow with another year. What are you learning about? Pick up your camera and capture a “learning moment” for this month’s Photo Challenge. You can either photograph your kids or grandkids in a learning moment, or capture one of your own. Acceptable entries include learning moments of all kinds, such as: Learning a new hobby: Life Lessons Continued education: Learning to play a new instrument: Kids teaching each other, or learning from a parent: People studying : Remember to keep in mind proper composition, good lighting, and clear focus on the subject. Submissions for September’s Challenge are due by 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 27, 2010. You can submit your photos by clicking on the “Enter to Win” tab on our website. This month’s first-place winner will get a $30 gift certificate to the AWAI E-Bookstore, and the first-, second-, and third-place winners will all be entered into the Hall of Fame to compete for next month’s annual $2,000 Grand Prize. [Ed. Note: Shelly Perry from Portland, Oregon specializes in people photography, what she calls documentary or lifestyle portraits. She is known especially for her imaging of children. Her concern for people is reflected both in her sense of purpose and the images she produces. Her images have been seen all over the globe on music CD covers, books, magazines, catalogues, websites, ad campaigns, and even on TV. Her work has also appeared in several local exhibits and gallery shows. Learn more about how you can turn your pictures into cash in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.  Sign up here today and we’ll send you a new report, Selling Photos for Cash: A Quick-Start Guide, completely FREE.]

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